AMS-IX, one of the world’s largest Internet exchanges, has announced 30 per cent growth in net revenue in 2008, along with the addition of almost 50 new members.
2009 will mark the implementation of a new architecture for AMS-IX that will result in an even more flexible and increasingly stable platform that will sustain its impressive growth. The exchange puts emphasis on continuity and growth, with specific work to attract quality networks from around the world and upcoming markets like Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. Expansion of the available datacenter locations the exchange uses will accommodate the ongoing growth of the platform and the increasing flow of Internet traffic. Last week AMS-IX announced that it will place a new switch at the latest InterXion site, AMS5 at Schiphol-Rijk.
The forecast for total traffic growth in 2009 is estimated to be an average of 800 Gbps and peak in the 1 Tbps range. Due to the fact that IPv4 addresses are running out, IPv6 traffic is expected to keep growing considerably, though perhaps not as steep as the 1000% that was reported over 2008. Since the first implementation of IPv6 back in the early 2000’s AMS-IX has developed into the biggest IPv6 peering point globally. Traffic and members implementing IPv6 have grown rapidly in the last year.
Facilitating ‘For the good of the Internet’ initiatives, AMS-IX will continue a global focus in 2009 to ensure knowledge and capacity of peering is widely spread, according to Job Witteman, CEO.
“We are glad that regardless the global economic turmoil we see a year on year growth of the Internet traffic as usual and the further development of our member base. We expect to keep showing healthy figures for 2009 and are looking forward to increasing our offerings and abilities even more,” said Witteman. “As a non-profit organisation we must ensure we have a healthy balance between attractive member fees on the one hand and sizable capital & reserves and cash-flow on the other, for the continuous investment in our platform. This dedication to offering a stable and efficient network keeps paying off – not only in new members joining, but also in the amount of traffic we exchange.”
About AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange)
AMS-IX (ams-ix.net) is a neutral and independent not-for-profit Internet exchange providing services since the early 1990's. AMS-IX is one of the largest Internet hubs worldwide, where over 300 Internet related parties come together to exchange more than 650 Gigabits per second of Internet traffic amongst them. The AMS-IX platform provides high quality, non-blocking professional peering services for all types of IP traffic whether regular data, video or VoIP. AMS-IX additionally 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 with the multicast peering service.