Designation Affirms AMS-IX as First Internet Exchange Organization to Receive OPEN-IX Certification Across Multiple U.S. Platforms
San Francisco, CA – March 11, 2015 – AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) and its U.S. subsidiary, AMS-IX USA Inc., announce today that the AMS-IX Bay Area Internet exchange has been awarded OIX-1 certification by the Open-IX Association (OIX). AMS-IX is the first Internet exchange organization worldwide to have OPEN-IX®-certified neutral and distributed Internet exchanges in multiple U.S. markets.
AMS-IX Bay Area has met all OPEN-IX certification criteria and adheres to Open-IX IXP Standards Committee-derived standards of neutrality, openness, service offering, infrastructure and operations, which reduces the complexity that restricts interconnection in fragmented markets. AMS-IX also received OIX-1 certification for its New York platform in early 2014, becoming the first Open-IX-certified neutral and distributed Internet Exchange in the New York / New Jersey metropolitan area.
“AMS-IX is pleased to announce the OPEN-IX certification of our second U.S. Internet exchange, AMS-IX Bay Area,” says Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX. “Achieving OPEN-IX certification affirms to our business customers that they are obtaining the fastest, most stable and cost-effective Internet peering services available on the market today.”
AMS-IX Bay Area provides a physical platform, spanning from Digital Realty’s 365 Main Street facility in San Francisco to CoreSite’s SV1 facility in San Jose, where organizations meet to exchange Internet traffic in a stable, fast and cost-effective manner between one another. AMS-IX Bay Area builds on the neutral and distributed formula of AMS-IX Amsterdam, the world’s largest Internet connectivity hub with approximately 700 connected parties and a peak Internet traffic rate of more than 3 Tb/s.
“We are pleased to welcome AMS-IX Bay Area to the Open-IX community,” remarks David Temkin, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Open-IX Association. “The designation is a milestone not only for AMS-IX but also Open-IX, marking the third OPEN-IX-certified Internet Exchange in the U.S. This certification is a further step in the direction of reducing interconnection complexity and enhancing related efficiencies in North America”.
The Open-IX Association is a 501(c)(6) non-profit industry association formed to promote better standards for data center interconnection and Internet exchanges. Organized and operated by volunteers from the Internet, the Open-IX Association aims to increase the reliability, resiliency and competitiveness of massive-scale interconnection for all. With the help of broad participation of interconnect and data center professionals, the association has successfully developed Internet Exchange and data center consensus-based community standards and certified 22 data centers and three exchanges since its establishment in 2013.
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About AMS-IX Bay Area
AMS-IX Bay Area is a neutral and independent Internet Exchange, distributed across two data centers in the San Francisco Bay Area. This platform is OIX certified and modelled after AMS-IX in Amsterdam, providing a professional, high-quality, non-blocking peering service for all types of IP traffic, from regular IP data to Voice over IP, mobile Internet traffic and video.
AMS-IX Bay Area is, together with AMS-IX New York and AMS-IX Chicago, deployed by the AMS-IX USA Inc., which is a subsidiary of AMS-IX BV in Amsterdam. Founded in 1997, AMS-IX is the world’s leading Internet Exchange interconnecting over 700 unique IP networks from around the globe. Additionally, AMS-IX hosts the first mobile peering points worldwide: the Global GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX), the Mobile Data Exchange (MDX) and the first interconnection of IPX networks (Inter-IPX). For more information, visit: bay.ams-ix.net.
About Open-IX Association (OIX)
The Open-IX Association (OIX) is an Internet community effort to improve the landscape of Internet peering and massive-scale interconnection. OIX encourages the development of neutral and distributed Internet exchanges while promoting uniform standards of performance for interconnections backed by the Internet community. The Association aims to promote common and uniform specifications for data transfer and physical connectivity and improve overall Internet performance by developing criteria and methods of measurement to reduce the complexity that restricts massive-scale interconnection in fragmented markets. The OIX Board is comprised of volunteer representatives from the Internet community, including William Charnock, Christian Koch, Chris Malayter, Keith Mitchell, Josh Snowhorn, David Temkin, and Barry Tishgart. More information about OIX can be found by visiting: www.open-ix.org.
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