11 March 2015

AMS-IX Bay Area Receives OPEN-IX® Certification

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Designation Affirms AMS-IX as First Internet Exchange Organization to Receive OPEN-IX Certification Across Multiple U.S. Platforms

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.