07 October 2014

AMS-IX USA Inc. Launches Internet Exchange in Chicago

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Establishment of Alternative Interconnection Model in Chicago Metropolitan Area

AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) announces that its U.S. subsidiary, AMS-IX USA Inc., has partnered with CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, to open the first Point of Presence (PoP) of AMS-IX Chicago in Chicago, IL. Located in the CME Group Cermak Hosting Facility at 350 E. Cermak in Chicago, this Internet Exchange builds on the successful and proven business model of AMS-IX in Amsterdam which, with almost 700 connected parties and a peak Internet traffic rate of more than 3 Tb/s, is currently the world’s largest Internet connectivity hub.

AMS-IX Chicago is the third deployment of AMS-IX USA Inc., following on from AMS-IX New York and AMS-IX Bay Area. It brings an affordable, neutral, and distributed Internet Exchange model to the Chicago area, delivering the interconnection market in this region enormous value by decreasing complexity and associated costs. The distributed model makes it possible for connected parties of AMS-IX Chicago in one data center to exchange traffic with connected parties in another data center. AMS-IX is working on an additional PoP for AMS-IX Chicago with another data center provider. The second regional PoP is expected to go live in the beginning of 2015.

By deploying an Internet Exchange in the CME Cermak hosting facility, this leading data center facility now offers additional peering opportunities to its customers – providing geographic diversity and improving connectivity, reach and performance to end-users. This partnership also allows companies connecting to AMS-IX Chicago’s platform the opportunity to locate and/or expand their network presence within a secure and modern interconnection facility in downtown Chicago. With the establishment of this Internet Exchange partnership, CME’s content and financial services’ clients can expect to experience reduced latency and transit costs by peering directly with AMS-IX Chicago.

AMS-IX Chicago is OIX-1 (IXP Technical Standards) compliant, the third of its U.S.-based IX platforms to uphold the association’s commitment to increase the reliability, resiliency and competitiveness of massive scale interconnection for all.

“We bring the interconnection market in the Chicago metropolitan area a valuable alternative as this Internet Exchange aims to increase geographic diversity, simplify connectivity and reduce costs through a robust Internet infrastructure, and distributed and neutral model. Furthermore, AMS-IX Chicago helps strengthen the economy in this region by attracting more business, stimulating both job growth and innovation,” explains Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX. “We are pleased to partner with CME Group, who provides us the opportunity to reach a new target group such as financial market participants who strongly rely on the Internet and data centers for their business to operate.”

“The relationship between AMS-IX Chicago and CME’s Cermak Hosting Facility provides collective customers of AMS-IX Chicago with the connectivity, capacity and capability to interconnect and house their critical equipment in one of the world’s premiere data centers,” says Craig Mohan, Managing Director, Co-Location and Data Center Services at CME Group. “Tenants of CME’s Cermak Hosting Facility benefit from reduced transit costs by peering directly with AMS-IX Chicago. This means they also have the ability to peer with parties that are connected to the AMS-IX Chicago from another data center location.”