AMS-IX First Internet Exchange Worldwide To Break 100 Gbps Barrier


Amsterdam Internet Exchange experiences massive growth in its peering exchange

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Today, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) index set a world record for data transfer speeds over an Internet exchange by achieving throughput of 100 Gigabits per second. With over 220 international parties connected, this new mark reflects the Dutch peering exchange's ongoing position as one of the world's largest independent Exchange Points for Internet traffic.

AMS-IX, a non-profit exchange, has enabled this massive growth partly through the launch of its 10GE (Gigabit Ethernet per second) peering service, which went live in October last year. The 10GE peering service enables the exchange members' to handle more Internet traffic while facilitating a potentially faster connection between end-users.

"We expect 30 members to have joined the 10GE peering service before the end of the year," said Job Witteman, Chief Executive Officer of AMS-IX. "With these results, AMS-IX holds a unique position in the European market of peering exchanges."

Large Internet capacity is needed because of the growing variety of high bandwidth Internet applications. "Rich-media content requires the best possible connections and throughput for delivery to broadband end-users, be it video, music, games or downloads," said Gary Baldus, VP of Operations at Limelight Networks, one of AMS-IX's international members. "We leverage our 10GE partnership with AMS-IX for high-bandwidth delivery on behalf of some of the world's top media companies."

Parties connected to the AMS-IX platform include Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and carriers as well as content providers, hosting providers, VoIP operators and mobile telecom operators, such as Giganews and XS4ALL. "This continuous growth demonstrates the crucial role that AMS-IX plays in the health of the Internet, both in the Netherlands and internationally," said Simon Hania, CTO at XS4ALL. "Next to its sound technical operation, XS4ALL also welcomes the AMS-IX governance structure as an example of industry self-organisation focussing on the continuity of vital infrastructures."

Giganews Newsgroups is the largest USENET Newsgroups provider worldwide and one of the more recent AMS-IX members. "When we joined last year we were amazed at the number of peering partners and volume we could transfer through peering at AMS-IX. We hit the limits of our first 1 GE connection quite soon after joining, consequently we signed up for the 10GE peering service early and volume has been growing at an incredible rate ever since. Premium newsgroup services are very popular in Europe and with our recent upgrade to 800+ days text retention and ~60 days binary retention Giganews is expecting a huge increase in traffic. We're counting on our AMS-IX connectivity to help us serve the growing Usenet Newsgroup needs of our customers." says Jonah Yokubaitis CEO of Giganews.

About AMS-IX

AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) is a neutral and independent not-for-profit Internet exchange providing services since the early 1990's. The AMS-IX platform provides high quality, non-blocking professional peering services for all types of IP traffic whether data or VoIP. AMS-IX hosts the first mobile peering points worldwide, the Global GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX) and the Mobile Data Exchange (MDX), as well as solutions for broadcasting traffic with the multicast peering service.

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