AMS-IX to locate PoP and core node in Equinix data centers to enable expansion and improve connectivity between leading networks
Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq:EQIX), a provider of global data center services, have announced that it will significantly expand its operational relationship with the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), one of the world’s largest single metro area Internet exchanges.
AMS-IX will establish a customer PoP in Equinix’s new 17,800 square meter AM3 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center in the Amsterdam Science Park, scheduled to open in Q3 2012. The Amsterdam Science Park, where AMS-IX was established almost twenty years ago, is one of the most densely networked points in Europe and home to more than 200 leading Internet companies. The new Point of Presence (PoP) in AM3 will enable customers to interconnect and peer with AMS-IX’s community of diverse Internet Service Providers, telecommunications carriers, mobile operators, content platforms, social media organizations and other high-quality traffic exchange participants, thereby increasing reliability, improving performance and reducing costs.
In addition, AMS-IX will deploy a new AMS-IX core node at the existing Equinix AM1/AM2 data center campus in Amsterdam. The new core node will alleviate existing core sites in the busy Amsterdam area by keeping AMS-IX traffic local while providing ample space for expansion in the fast-growing Cloud and Content industries. This will also improve the scalability of the AMS-IX platform and enhance traffic performance for both AMS-IX and Equinix customers.
“These moves broaden and deepen our long-running relationship with Equinix, which focuses on network aggregation and interconnection to drive efficiency for our customers,” said Job Witteman, AMS-IX CEO. “Equinix’s new data center is located in the infrastructure-dense Amsterdam Science Park, which houses an exceptional concentration of IP and transport networks and fiber solutions, making it one of Europe’s key interconnection hotspots. Investing in new infrastructure both here and in the existing Equinix data center campus will enable the Amsterdam area to further develop and attract businesses that want to exchange data and optimise connectivity.”
“We believe these new agreements will be regarded as extremely good news by connectivity providers and their customers, in particular cloud and content businesses,” said Michiel Eielts, managing director for Equinix Netherlands. “The AMS-IX deployments will improve traffic efficiency and performance while also providing additional space for customer growth in one of the most dynamic, fast-growing and network-rich locations in continental Europe.”