AMS-IX USA Inc. Partners with CME Group to Launch First AMS-IX Chicago PoP

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A new partnership between industry leaders has led to the establishment of an alternative interconnection model in the Chicago metropolitan area.  Expanding on its successful business model of AMS-IX in Amsterdam, AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) recently announced that its U.S. subsidiary, AMS-IX USA Inc., has partnered with CME Group to open the first OIX-1-compliant AMS-IX Chicago Point of Presence (PoP) located inside the CME Group Cermak Hosting Facility at 350 E. Cermak.

This is AMS-IX USA Inc.’s third deployment in the states, building on the success of AMS-IX New York in Digital Realty’s 111th 8th Ave. data center; DuPont Fabros Technology’s Piscataway, NJ facility; Sabey’s Intergate Manhattan data center at 375 Pearl Street; and the 325 Hudson Street interconnection facility; as well as AMS-IX Bay Area in Digital Realty’s 365 Main Street, San Francisco facility.  A second PoP for AMS-IX Chicago (to be launched with the support of another data center provider) is also expected to go live in 2015.

AMS-IX Chicago brings with it an affordable, neutral, and distributed Internet Exchange model, enabling connected parties of AMS-IX Chicago in one data center to exchange traffic with connected parties in another data center.  Like its New York and Bay Area counterparts, the Windy City PoP is instrumental in increasing geographic diversity, simplifying connectivity and reducing costs for businesses and end-users.  Furthermore, it serves as a key driver for economic stimulation in the Chicago metro area by attracting more business, stimulating both job growth and encouraging innovation.

The relationship between AMS-IX Chicago and CME Group provides companies connecting to the Chicago PoP the capability to interconnect and house their critical equipment in one of the world’s premiere data centers – a secure and modern facility located in downtown Chicago.    The strategic partnership also offers AMS-IX Chicago the ability to tap into a new market segment in need of reliable, resilient Internet and data centers for its mission-critical operations – CME’s content and financial services’ clients.  By peering directly with AMS-IX Chicago, these customers will benefit from reduced latency and transit costs.

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AMS-IX – Spreading Its Mission for Simplified Internet Exchange

By: Mark Cooper, CCO AMS-IX


The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) Association was founded 17 years ago to solve the growing problem of an overall lack of control over Internet traffic for many ISPs in addition to the continually increasing dependency on foreign exchanges for ample connectivity.  This innovative Internet Exchange in Amsterdam has provided ISPs and other types of Internet-related companies the ability to obtain an affordable and transparent network structure.  Since its inception in 1997, AMS-IX has expanded its reach through the formation of new subsidiaries such as AMS-IX USA, Inc. – which has given way to AMS-IX New York and AMS-IX Bay Area – further developing its global mission of providing simplified network connectivity throughout the US  through affordable, neutral and distributed Internet Exchange solutions.  Today, the 12 AMS-IX Points od Presence (PoPs) in Amsterdam serve nearly 700 connected parties throughout the region and boast a peak Internet traffic rate of almost 3 Tb/s, making it the world’s largest Internet connectivity hub.

AMS-IX’s subsidiary, AMS-IX USA, Inc., established a critical partnership with Digital Realty, DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc., Sabey Data Centers and 325 Hudson in November 2013 to develop a distributed Internet Exchange known as AMS-IX New York.  Recently, AMS-IX also established a PoP in Digital Realty’s 365 Main Street facility in San Francisco.  Offering an affordable and highly distributed Internet Exchange platform, AMS-IX Bay Area provides exceptional value to the interconnectivity market in the San Francisco / San Jose region.  AMS-IX enables companies to meet their goals through the generation of a regional hub distributed over multiple colocation facilities, as well as through offering increasingly reliable, effective and simplified exchange of Internet traffic.

AMS-IX’s partnership with Digital Realty will also offer business customers unique access to a more secure, faster and cost-effective Internet peering service structure within Digital Realty’s stable, reliable interconnection facility in downtown  San Francisco.  By peering directly with AMS-IX Bay Area, Digital Realty data center clients can experience benefits including improved connectivity and extended reach as well as reduced latency and transit costs.  AMS-IX’s globally proven model is expected to stimulate economic growth and job cultivation throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, attracting new businesses into the region.

AMS-IX  remains dedicated to the Open-IX Association’s mission of developing of criteria and methods of measurement for data transfer and physical connectivity, reducing the complexity that restricts interconnection in fragmented markets in order to ultimately improve IX performance throughout the world.  Similar to its counterpart in New York, AMS-IX’s newest Bay Area Internet Exchange PoP will be OIX-1 (IXP Technical Standards) compliant, ensuring high quality technical and operational standards for Internet Exchanges.  With its strong commitment to the OIX mission, AMS-IX recognizes the potential value in developing uniform and low-cost standards of global connectivity performance.

Its steadfast dedication to these standards, coupled with its strategic partnership with Digital Realty, has positioned AMS-IX USA as a critical influencer in the US Internet Exchange market.  Encouraging the development of a European model of neutral and distributed Internet Exchanges to reduce IP interconnection and associated costs, AMS-IX will leave users with a cost-effective and transparent network connectivity structure, generating interconnectivity that is faster, simpler and more effective than ever before.

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