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AMS-IX plans for network capacity expansion

05/12/2016 00:00:00

The pace of growth in Internet-based services leads Internet Exchange Point AMS-IX to take a different approach to expanding its network


Since the early 1990s, AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) has been contributing significantly to the internet connectivity in the Netherlands. It does this by offering professional IP Internet Exchange services to its members and customers - currently around 800 - enabling them to offer stable, fast and cost-effective services to their end-users and business customers. This direct exchange of internet traffic at an Internet Exchange is known as peering and is what makes the Internet robust and resilient.


Based in Amsterdam, the company now has a large network distributed over 12 data centres. The explosion in internet-based services over the last few years has presented it with huge challenges in terms of maintaining sufficient capacity to meet customer demand. Henk Steenman, CTO at AMS-IX, explains:

“The internet is an essential part of our daily lives and has resulted in an increasing demand for all types of web-based services. To meet these demands our customers have had to develop an increasing number of big data and cloud-based solutions. Our job is to make sure they can deliver these solutions effectively.”

Up to 2015 increasing the size of AMS-IX’s network had been a matter of leasing additional dark fibre. They were able to do this because the distances covered within the Amsterdam area are short and dark fibre is relatively cheap. Henk Steenman continues:

“Alternative multiplexing solutions were available but, up to this point, were relatively expensive in terms of the additional rack space needed, power costs and support. Then we noticed that vendors were starting to offer more cost-effective plug-and-play options that could help us keep pace with increasing growth requirements more easily.”


As a result, AMS-IX decided to re-evaluate its approach to growing its network. It looked at a number of solutions and invited six providers to take part in a testing programme. Run over six months, this showed Huawei’s OSN902 100 GB WDM Data Centre solution to be the one that would best meet its needs.

“AMS-IX has grown from two Points-of-Presence into a metro area network, built on the use of hundreds of fibres. In the past year we have been looking for a Data Centre Interconnect (DCI) solution to bring down cost and implementation time for extra bandwidth while ensuring a future-proof network for our customers,” says Henk Steenman.

Huawei’s data centre interconnect OptiCloud OSN 902 platform provides high security encryption, high capacity, simple management with ultra-low power and front-to-back cooling for a green IT and data centre environment. It has low power consumption of 1200W and supports high bandwidths of 200 GB /400 GB per slot.


With installation of the solution about to start, AMS-IX is set to benefit in a number of ways which will allow it to improve the service it gives to its customers, while at the same time enhancing the financial health of the company.

It looks forward to savings from reduced power requirements and much less dependency on dark fibre. Fewer personnel will be needed to install and maintain the equipment and the company will be able to respond much more quickly and effectively to any sudden changes in demand, all of which will add to its reputation and cement its long-term future.

One feature that really stands out is the size of the unit. At just under 90 mm (2U) high, it’s a small box but with a transmission capacity of 2.4 TB, it packs a real punch. The significance of this is not lost on AMS-IX as it will mean space savings and lower accommodation costs as more units can be mounted in standard rack cabinets. The innovative design of the unit also makes cooling very straight-forward, removing the need to reconstruct equipment rooms to install it.

“Huawei’s solution stood out as the one that was most ‘market ready’. During the course of the testing we were in constant contact with each other and we had direct access to its development engineers. This close cooperation has meant that with the OSN902, we now have a cost-efficient and easy-to-manage DCI solution tailored to our very specific needs and challenges. We look forward to working further with Huawei in the future,” concludes Henk Steenman.

About Huawei Enterprise Business Group

Huawei Enterprise Business Group (“Huawei Enterprise”) is one of the three business groups of Huawei, a leading global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions provider. Leveraging Huawei’s strong R&D capabilities and comprehensive technical expertise, Huawei Enterprise provides a wide range of highly efficient customer-centric ICT solutions and services to global vertical industry and enterprise customers across government and public sector, finance, transportation, electric power, energy, commercial businesses, and ISPs. Huawei Enterprise’s innovative and leading solutions cover network infrastructure, Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C), cloud computing & data centre, enterprise information security, and industry application solutions.

For more information, please visit: e.huawei.com/uk

About AMS-IX

Established in the early 1990s, AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) is a neutral, non-profit and independent Internet Exchange based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Business Internet traffic at AMS-IX has a peak of close to 5 Terabits per second (Tbps) and it interconnects around 800 IP networks, making it the largest Internet Exchange in the world.

The AMS-IX platform provides IP interconnection and peering services of a guaranteed high quality for all types of IP traffic, irrespective whether this is traditional data, Voice over IP, mobile internet traffic or video. By means of peering, these networks can provide their end-users (both consumers as well as companies) with stable, fast and cost-efficient internet services.

For more information, please visit AMS-IX online at: ams-ix.net

Copyright © Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. 2016. All rights reserved.


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