AMS-IX Chicago is present at multiple independent colocation facilities in the Chicago metropolitan area. Colocation services for connected networks are available at the data center facility, these are not part of the AMS-IX Chicago services.
The AMS-IX Chicago peering platform uses an MPLS/VPLS infrastructure. This setup allows for a resilient and highly scalable infrastructure inherent to MPLS, while at the same time the interface towards the members is still the common shared Layer 2 Ethernet platform. Networks connect with either Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10Gigabit Ethernet (10GE) or multiples of these. All connections are terminated on a Glimmerglass system 100 photonic cross-connect (PXC). The PXC connects the member router (at Layer 1) to one of the local Brocade MLXe-16 access routers, and if necessary moves this connection to a backup router.
The current AMS-IX Chicago setup for layer 1 is visualised below.