In the Science Park in Amsterdam a layer-2 shared infrastructure was formed between (academic) organisations to exchange traffic. In February 1994 it was internationalised to exchange traffic with CERN in Switzerland and other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were allowed to connect.
AMS-IX first mentioned in an email from Erik-Jan Bos (SURFnet) on 7 January 1994 to Ben Geerlings, Boudewijn Nederkoorn, Kees Neggers and Henk Steenman (current CTO at AMS-IX).
The platform was migrated from a ring to a double star topology.
Introduction of Glimmerglass Optical Switches. AMS-IX became the world’s first Internet exchange to deploy photonic switches.
The trunked Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet services were launched.
First 10GE customer: Open Peering
For the first time, IPv6 traffic peaked over 1 Gbps, making AMS-IX by far the largest IPv6 exchange point
AMS-IX expanded to its sixth core location at the first Equinix data centre in Amsterdam
Setup of CAR-IX in Curaçao
300 connected IP networks
According to the ‘Amsterdamse Ontwikkelingsbedrijf’, AMS-IX creates directly and indirectly 50,000 jobs in Amsterdam
500 Gb/s of peak Internet traffic
Introduction of the data centre audit
The platform was migrated from a double star into a MPLS/VPLS topology. The new platform was introduced to increase stability and scalability, and to support the traffic growth in the following years.
AMS-IX expanded to its seventh location Interxion AMS5 in Schiphol Rijk.
2 Gb/s of IPv6 traffic
Introduction of the customer portal My.ams-ix.net
The MPLS/VPLS platform, implemented during 2009, allowed AMS-IX to develop new value adding services for its members and customers. In the beginning of June, during the first MORE-IP event, AMS-IX launched three new services: Inter-IPX, 100GE ports and a carrier grade SLA.
AMS-IX launched in cooperation with Hutchinson Global Communications (HGC) Internet peering platform AMS-IX Hong Kong and announced the building of a peering platform in Mombasa, Kenya in collaboration with the Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP).
In addition to AMS-IX’s major infrastructure expansion, 2012 was again marked by three new records: 500 connected IP networks, 2 Tbps and 1,000 customer ports.
King Willem-Alexander visited AMS-IX at Equinix AM3
The Caribbean Internet Exchange (CAR-IX) became an integral part of the AMS-IX environment and was renamed AMS-IX Caribbean.
In the end of 2013, AMS-IX's newly-formed subsidiary AMS-IX USA Inc. reached definitive agreements with Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT), Sabey Data Centers and 325 Hudson in the New York/New Jersey area to build and operate a distributed Internet Exchange, named AMS-IX New York.
Minister Kamp visited AMS-IX at TelecityGroup AMS5
Besides expansions abroad, AMS-IX also expanded internally. The AMS-IX B.V. appointed Mark Cooper as its Chief Commercial Officer and Onno Bos as its new Sales Director. Last but not least, AMS-IX exceeded 2.5 Tb/s of peak Internet traffic and 10 Tb/s of connected capacity.
2014 is the year of AMS-IX's 20th anniversary. We celebrated this anniversary during our annual MORE-IP event.
Our customers and partners joined AMS-IX’s CEO Job Witteman and Amsterdam’s Mayor Van der Laan on a three-masted clipper in the Hudson river to welcome the first neutral and distributed Internet Exchange to open its doors in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.
AMS-IX broke the data transfer speed record of 3 Tb/s on September 14th.
A few days before the peak traffic record at AMS-IX in Amsterdam, AMS-IX USA Inc. opened the first Point-of-Presence (PoP) of AMS-IX Bay Area in Digital Realty's data center facility in San Francisco.
AMS-IX USA Inc. opened the first PoP of AMS-IX Chicago in CME Group Cermak Hosting Facility in Chicago, IL.
Twelve months after AMS-IX broke the data transfer speed record of 3 Tb/s, it again reached a new traffic record. In September 2015, AMS-IX’s peak traffic broke through the barrier of 4 Tb/s. Other records AMS-IX experienced in 2015 are the doubling of the number of ports with a larger capacity (100GE ports) and almost a trebling of the IPv6 traffic in the span of a single year: From 24 gigabits per second (Gbps) in 2014 to 68 Gbps in 2015.
Since October 2015 the AMS-IX NOC has been collaborating with Quanza Engineering who provides 24x7 NOC-as-a-Service (qNOC) for the AMS-IX first-line support. The tasks of qNOC include active monitoring of the AMS-IX platform, filtering incoming tickets and responding to inbound phone calls.
One of the most striking new partnerships forged in 2015 was the strategic agreement with ChinaCache. The goal of this partnership is to deploy the first Internet Exchange in China.
AMS-IX and Megaport announce strategic partnership for Next-Level Interconnection Services.
AMS-IX expands its Amsterdam platform into Equinix AM6.
Megaport customers can order AMS-IX US peering services via Megaport online portal.
Megaport Elastic Cloud Interconnection Services become available at our US platform and can be ordered through the AMS-IX portal.
Photo: Aleksandar Mitrov (Business Development Manager at AMS-IX) and Henk Steenman (CTO of AMS-IX) with Huawei’s Executives during the Huawei Connect Event in Shanghai.
20th connected party at AMS-IX New York.
AMS-IX breaks through 5 Tbps ceiling.
New Board of AMS-IX: Alex Bik (BIT), Mark Cooper (Megaport), Eric Loos (BICS) and Bart van der Sloot (LeaseWeb) are elected by AMS-IX members during our 46th General Meeting. Sylvie LaPerrière (Google) remains as Chair.
AMS-IX and Sify launch new Internet Exchange in Mumbai
First implementation of the Brocade SLX 9850 switch hardware in the core of the Amsterdam platform
AMS-IX expands its Amsterdam peering platform to Digital Realty’s Data Tower
The Datacenter Group becomes AMS-IX 14th POP in Amsterdam Metro Area
GRX peak traffic reached 80 Gbps. This significant growth was expected as new European roaming regulation became effective in June 2017, forcing Mobile Network Operators to abolish retail roaming charges within the EU. Read more about this topic here.
Job Witteman leaves AMS-IX after 17.5 years of service as CEO
Peak traffic at AMS-IX Chicago exceeds the 70 Gbps mark