April 23, 2008
Equinix and AMS-IX, the Worldâs Largest Single Metro Area Internet Exchange, Announce Interconnection and Peering Partnership
Foster City, CA and Amsterdam, Netherlands — April 23, 2008 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the leading provider of network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services, and the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), the world's largest single metro area Internet exchange, today announced a partnership agreement that will extend AMS-IX's peering fabric into Equinix's Amsterdam-1 (AM1) Internet Business Exchange (IBX®) data center. As a part of the agreement, AMS-IX will establish a point-of-presence in Equinix's AM1 IBX center, which is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2008 and was obtained in the acquisition of Netherlands network-neutral data center provider Virtu earlier this year. Equinix customers will be able to directly exchange traffic, or “peer,” with AMS-IX's critical mass of diverse Internet service providers and high-quality traffic exchange participants to increase reliability, improve performance, and reduce the costs of network traffic exchange.
Equinix and AMS-IX are leaders in providing network-neutral platforms for the interconnection of enterprise, service provider and content company networks. Located in Amsterdam, AMS-IX is a non-profit, neutral and independent Internet exchange that currently connects over 290 international parties. AMS-IX is the largest European Internet Exchange measured by traffic volume. Equinix is the global interconnection and peering leader, serving the world's leading ISPs, broadband providers, international networks, content delivery networks, enterprises and major content providers.
“Our relationship with Equinix goes back several years, and we are pleased to now have a formal agreement where the aggregation of networks from each of our organizations can interconnect in the most efficient and reliable manner possible,” said Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX. “With the increasing need for businesses to exchange data across a wide variety of networks — from partners to customers to vendors — this agreement between AMS-IX and Equinix will ensure additional options for rich interconnection across both of our respective network-neutral platforms.”
“Peering relationships are a strategic foundation for network and Internet traffic, from email to video,” said Margie Backaus, chief business officer of Equinix. “As Equinix expands its global service offering across the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific, the company is committed to providing high-performance platforms for exchanging Internet traffic. Partnering with top-tier Internet exchanges like AMS-IX, who have a well-served existing critical mass of high-quality Internet service providers and connected parties operating within their system, will enable Equinix customers to scale their peering relationships to reduce costs and increase performance.”
AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) is a neutral and independent Internet exchange providing services since the early 1990's. AMS-IX is one of the largest Internet hubs worldwide. Close to 300 Internet related parties come together in Amsterdam from all over the world to exchange Internet traffic amongst them. The AMS-IX platform provides professional, high quality, non-blocking peering services for Internet traffic with a diverse profile be it regular IP data such as e-mail but also video/TV, as well as voice. AMS-IX additionally hosts the first mobile peering points worldwide, the Global GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX) and the Mobile Data Exchange (MDX). (www.ams-ix.net)