Partnership Establishes First OIX-1 Compliant Internet Exchange in the Bay Area
San Francisco, CA – September 10, 2014 – AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) announced today that its U.S. subsidiary, AMS-IX USA Inc., is partnering with Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center and colocation solutions, to expand and establish a Point of Presence (PoP) in Digital Realty’s 365 Main Street facility in San Francisco. AMS-IX Bay Area builds on the successful and proven business model of AMS-IX in Amsterdam and New York, which, with almost 700 connected parties and a peak Internet traffic rate close to 3 Tb/s, is currently the world’s largest Internet connectivity hub.
AMS-IX USA Inc. brings an affordable, neutral, and distributed Internet Exchange model to the Bay Area, delivering the interconnection market enormous value by decreasing complexity and associated costs. Leveraging its partnership with Digital Realty, AMS-IX Bay Area offers stable, fast, and cost-effective Internet peering services to business customers while building upon the company’s neutral and distributed formula.
By launching a PoP in Digital Realty’s 365 Main Street data center, this leading colocation facility can now offer additional peering opportunities to its customers, improving the connectivity and reach to their end-users. This partnership also allows companies connecting to AMS-IX Bay Area’s platform the opportunity to locate and/or expand their network presence within a secure and modern interconnection facility in downtown San Francisco. With the establishment of this Internet Exchange partnership, Digital Realty’s Bay Area clients can expect to experience reduced latency and transit costs by peering directly with AMS-IX Bay Area.
Leveraging their collective Open-IX certifications, AMS-IX Bay Area, which is OIX-1 (IXP Technical Standards) compliant, offers the San Francisco Bay Area market a strong commitment to the association’s initiative to reduce the complexity and associated costs for interconnection, while Digital Realty’s OIX-2 (Data Center) certified facility ensures compliance with the technical and operational standards for data centers expected and often required by the industry.
“Starting AMS-IX Bay Area in the San Francisco/Silicon Valley region, following the Open-IX IXP standards, is a great opportunity for us to bring enormous value to the interconnection market by offering an affordable and highly distributed Internet Exchange platform,” explains Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX. “We are pleased to continue to expand our relationship with Digital Realty, who has proven to be a trusted and reliable partner.”
Digital Realty General Manager of Colocation and Connectivity John Sarkis added, “The expansion of the AMS-IX / Digital Realty relationship from New York to San Francisco further strengthens and expands Digital Realty’s commitment to the Open-IX initiative. We look forward to continuing to provide our clients with the widest possible range of connectivity options.”
AMS-IX Bay Area and Digital Realty will co-host a launch event on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Digital Realty’s 365 Main Street, San Francisco data center facility. Requests to attend may be submitted to petra.wensing(at)ams-ix.net. AMS-IX USA Inc. is also a sponsor of Capacity North America, taking place in San Francisco September 11-12, 2014; to arrange a meeting at Capacity North America, please email pr(at)ams-ix.net.
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About AMS-IX Bay Area
AMS-IX Bay Area is a neutral, independent and distributed Internet exchange, offering high quality IP peering and interconnectivity services in San Francisco, CA. This peering platform is the second deployment of AMS-IX USA Inc., following AMS-IX New York, and is built according to AMS-IX’s successful and proven European business model. AMS-IX Bay Area has been established under the Open-IX initiative, which was started by a group of Internet network operators, content providers and other market parties. The goal is to encourage the development of the neutral and distributed Internet Exchange model and reduce IP interconnection and the associated costs in the United States.
More information on AMS-IX Corporate: http://www.ams-ix.net
More information on AMS-IX Bay Area: https://bay.ams-ix.net
About Digital Realty
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. supports the data centre and colocation strategies of more than 600 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centres located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Digital Realty’s clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products. www.digitalrealty.com.
About Open-IX Association
The Open-IX Association (OIX) is an Internet community derived effort to improve the landscape of Internet peering and interconnect in the United States. OIX encourages the development of neutral and distributed Internet Exchanges in North America while promoting uniform, cost-efficient 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 IX performance by developing criteria and methods of measurement to reduce the complexity that restricts interconnection in fragmented markets. The OIX Board is comprised of volunteer representatives from the Internet community in the United States, including Donald S. Clark, Dan Golding, Martin Hannigan, Keith Mitchell, David Temkin, and Barry Tishgart. More information about OIX can be found by visiting www.open-ix.org.
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