30 November 2015

AMS-IX Chicago & AMS-IX Hong Kong Receive OPEN-IX® Certification


AMS-IX Hong Kong is the First Internet Exchange in Asia to be OPEN-IX Certified

AMS-IX Chicago and AMS-IX Hong Kong Internet Exchanges have been awarded OIX-1 certification by the Open-IX Association (OIX). With these certifications, five of AMS-IX’s peering platforms are now OPEN-IX®-certified. In 2014 and earlier this year, AMS-IX also received OIX-1 certifications for its Amsterdam, New York and San Francisco Bay Area platforms, becoming the first Internet Exchange organization worldwide to be OPEN-IX-certified in multiple continents.

AMS-IX Chicago and AMS-IX Hong Kong have met all OPEN-IX certification criteria and adhere 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 is pleased to have five of our peering platforms now OPEN-IX certified,” said Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX. “Achieving additional OPEN-IX certifications for the AMS-IX exchanges in Chicago and Hong Kong demonstrates our commitment to deliver fast, stable and cost-effective Internet peering services to our business customers worldwide.”

AMS-IX Chicago provides a physical platform, distributed across the CME Cermak Hosting Facility, CoreSite’s CH1 data center and DuPont Fabros Technology's Chicago 2 (CH2) data center, where organizations meet to exchange Internet traffic in a stable, fast and cost-effective manner between one another. AMS-IX Chicago builds on the neutral and distributed formula of AMS-IX Amsterdam, the world’s largest Internet connectivity hub with more than 750 connected parties and a peak Internet traffic rate of more than 4 Tb/s.

AMS-IX Hong Kong is the first Internet Exchange in Asia to be OPEN-IX-certified. AMS-IX Hong Kong is a cooperation between AMS-IX and Hutchison Global Communications (HGC), an international telecoms operator, and, just like AMS-IX Chicago, is built on AMS-IX’s successful business model. Parties can connect to AMS-IX Hong Kong directly from the Sino Favour data center and the MEGA-iAdvantage facility in Hong Kong.

“We are pleased that AMS-IX Hong Kong is the first Open-IX-certified internet exchange in APAC, which is emerging as one of the largest and fastest growing Internet markets,” remarks Gabe Cole, Executive Director of Open-IX. “AMS-IX Hong Kong and AMS-IX Chicago bring the number of Open-IX-certified IXPs to 10, including three international exchanges, validating our international efforts to extend neutrality, openness, service offering, infrastructure and operations standards in data centers and Internet exchanges around the globe.”

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 29 data centers and 10 Internet exchanges since its establishment in 2013.