AMS-IX(Amsterdam Internet Exchange) and its U.S. subsidiary, AMS-IX USA Inc., have announced that the AMS-IX Bay Area Internet exchange has been awarded OIX-1certification by the Open-IX Association (OIX). AMS-IX is the first Internet exchange organization worldwide to have OPEN-IX®-certified neutral and distributed Internet exchanges in multiple U.S. markets.

AMS-IX Bay Area has met all OPEN-IX certification criteria and adheres to Open-IX IXP Standards Committee-derived standards of neutrality, openness, service offering, infrastructure and operations, which reduces the complexity that restricts interconnection in fragmented markets.  AMS-IX also receivedOIX-1 certification for its New York platform in early 2014, becoming the first Open-IX-certified neutral and distributed Internet Exchange in the New York / New Jersey metropolitan area.

“AMS-IX is pleased to announce the OPEN-IX certification of our second U.S. Internet exchange, AMS-IX Bay Area,” says Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX.  “Achieving OPEN-IX certification affirms to our business customers that they are obtaining the fastest, most stable and cost-effective Internet peering services available on the market today.”

AMS-IX Bay Area provides a physical platform, spanning from Digital Realty’s 365 Main Street facility in San Francisco to CoreSite’s SV1 facility in San Jose, where organizations meet to exchange Internet traffic in a stable, fast and cost-effective manner between one another.  AMS-IX Bay Area builds on the neutral and distributed formula of AMS-IX Amsterdam, the world’s largest Internet connectivity hub with approximately 700 connected parties and a peak Internet traffic rate of more than 3 Tb/s.

“We are pleased to welcome AMS-IX Bay Area to the Open-IX community,” remarks David Temkin, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Open-IX Association.  “The designation is a milestone not only for AMS-IX but also Open-IX, marking the third OPEN-IX-certified Internet Exchange in the U.S. This certification is a further step in the direction of reducing interconnection complexity and enhancing related efficiencies in North America.”