AMS-IX is a distributed exchange, currently present at multiple colocation facilities in Chicago. Each site is equipped with one or more access devices to enable connections to the AMS-IX infrastructure. Colocation services for connected networks are available at all data centre facilities, these are not part of the AMS-IX Chicago services.
The current implementation of the AMS-IX peering platform uses an MPLS/VPLS infrastructure. This setup allows for a resilient and highly scalable infrastructure inherent to MPLS, while at the same time the interface towards the members and customers is still the common shared Layer 2 Ethernet platform.
Networks connect with either Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GE), 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GE) or multiples of these on the access devices. These are Extreme MLX-8/MLX-16 PE routers for all connections. To provide more resilience in the connection of 10GE & 100GE connections to the platform, these are terminated on a Glimmerglass system 100 or 300 photonic cross-connect (PXC). The PXC connects the member router (at Layer 1) to one of the local PE routers and, if necessary, moves this connection to a backup router.
The current AMS-IX setup for layer 1 is visualised below.