Open IX News: AMS-IX Opens at Sabey, EvoSwitch and Continuum Earn Certification

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AMS-IX has opened its operations at Sabey’s SDC Manhattan facility in New York. Attending the ceremony were (from left.) Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX; Eberhard van der Laan, Mayor of Amsterdam, and Daniel Meltzer of Sabey Data Centers. (Photo: Steve Friedman)


It’s been a busy week for data center providers focused on the Open-IX opportunity. EvoSwitch, home of the first London Internet Exchange (LINX) node in the U.S., has received Data Center Technical Standards certification from Open-IX  for its WDC1 data center in northern Virginia. Chicago provider Continuum has also received Open-IX certification.

As a refresher, Open-IX is a different approach to existing Internet traffic exchanges. Rather than being concentrated in a few select facilities, Open-IX  adopts the European nonprofit model in which exchange operations are spread across multiple data centers within a geographic market. The goal is to create a new network of Internet Exchange Points housed in multiple neutral data center facilities that allow participants to interact and exchange content.

The first Open-IX certified facilities are now popping up. CyrusOne wasthe first to achieve certification. OIX standards are already being adopted by LINX, AMS-IX, Digital Realty, DuPont Fabros, Raging Wire, and many other data center and IX providers.

Open-IX created the Data Center Technical Standards to establish a recommended standard for Data Centers to support an Internet Exchange, as defined by the Open-­IX IXP Technical Standards. The standard also provides guidance for acceptable exceptions for pre-existing facilities.


Sabey Data Center Properties and AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) have launched an AMS-IX New York point-of-presence within SDC Manhattan, Sabey’s 1 million-square-foot facility at 375 Pearl Street in Lower Manhattan. The exchange has already signed Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network, and IX Reach, a global leading provider of wholesale carrier solutions, as the first two customers for AMS-IX New York. At present, 16 additional customers have applied for a connection to the exchange.

The opening ceremony was attended by Eberhard van der Laan, Mayor of the City of Amsterdam, as well as officials from Sabey and AMS-IX. ““Historically, the Dutch people are global trading leaders,” said van der Laan. “We were the first European settlers to come to this island, and we named it New Amsterdam. Today, I envision the same business potential here that my ancestors recognized – New York City as a global center of the new Internet economy.”

“I strongly believe that a distributed exchange model offers the best value by enabling a choice of connectivity options in as many data center locations as makes business sense,” said Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX. “In Amsterdam, the AMS-IX exchange platform is currently distributed over 12 different data centers serving well over 650 IP networks from around the globe, making it the largest Internet exchange in the world.”

“We are very happy to partner with AMS-IX New York on this important market-changing initiative,” said John Sabey, President of Sabey Data Centers. “Offering more choice in the New York City market to carriers and customers is good for everyone.”

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