Equinix and AMS-IX extend connectivity partnership

28 August 2012 | Kavit Majithia


Data centre provider Equinix has announced the expansion of its operations relationship with AMS-IX.

AMS-IX, one of the largest single metro area internet exchanges, will establish a PoP in Equinix’s 17,800sqm AM3 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in the Amsterdam science park, scheduled to open in Q3 2012. The park was established 20 years ago, and is home to over 200 leading internet companies.

The PoP in AM3 will enable customers to interconnect and peer with AMS-IX’s wide ranging portfolio of IPSs, carriers, operators, content companies and social media organisations.

AMS-IX will also deploy its core node to existing Equinix AM1/AM2 data centres in Amsterdam, alleviating core sites in the Amsterdam area and keeping traffic local. Additional expansion by both companies is set to benefit both the cloud and content industries. AMS-IX said the development will improve scale on the platform and 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. “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.”

Equinix Netherlands believes the agreements will benefit the cloud and content businesses in Europe the most, particularly for connectivity providers. “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.”