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EvoSwitch Data Center Acquires Direct Connection with AMS-IX

July 9, 2009 by  

Web Hosting ToolsAmsterdam – EvoSwitch, the Dutch carrier neutral data center whose operations are fully CO2 neutral, has reached an agreement with AMS-IX in Amsterdam, one of the world’s largest Internet exchanges. The partnership allows EvoSwitch to offer its customers a direct connection to AMS-IX.

The EvoSwitch data center will be AMS-IX’s 15th partner organization. AMS-IX facilitates the exchange of Internet traffic by, inter alia, telecom carriers, e-businesses, hosting providers, Internet professionals, banks, insurance companies, and other parties that handle a lot of Internet traffic. This is done by so-called “peering”. Peering is less costly than buying transit traffic from telecom carriers and allows for more flexibility and redundancy when setting up and controlling Internet traffic within and between networks.

“Normally customers who opt for AMS-IX’s services must come to us themselves,” explains Cara Mascini, Marketing Manager at AMS-IX. “That may be a complex process for customers who also set up their equipment at a data center for colocation. The partnership allows EvoSwitch to handle the connection with AMS-IX for customers. In other words, customers can ask EvoSwitch to connect them to AMS-IX. As a result customers receive a one stop shop offer from EvoSwitch, which includes the Internet exchange.”

AMS-IX expects that hosting focused parties who require a lot of data center space in particular will benefit from the collaboration with EvoSwitch. “EvoSwitch is a professional and secure data center with a lot of space and expansion options,” adds Mascini. “The partnership represents an excellent development for parties that want to combine the growth potential at the data center with a connection to AMS-IX.”

AMS-IX sets high standards for partners that want to sell connections with the Internet junction, for instance in relation to setting up the procedures. “In addition our data centers must comply with the specifications formulated, among other things, by the Uptime Institute and the Telecoms Industry Association (TIA),” says Mascini. “Although we do not install equipment at EvoSwitch, they, too, comply with the majority of these conditions. It is clearly a Tier3+ data center, which is important to customers.”

AMS-IX is very pleased with EvoSwitch’s “green” nature. “A lot of thought has gone into the green concept of EvoSwitch,” explains Mascini. “The data center is ecologically sound where it concerns the technology, for instance by using energy saving cooling methods. Moreover, the associated aspects have also been set up in an environmentally friendly way, such as the use of green energy, energy saving cars and lighting, and the planting of trees to compensate for any remaining CO2 emission.”

Eric Boonstra, the Commercial Director at EvoSwitch, is very pleased with the new partnership with AMS-IX. “AMS-IX is important to us and our customers. It is the biggest Internet junction in Europe and encourages many customers to opt for EvoSwitch, not least because EvoSwitch is close to AMS-IX and has a large floor surface available for colocation purposes. Our partnership with AMS-IX allows us to provide our customers with peering options quickly and efficiently.”

About AMS-IX
AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) is a neutral and independent, not for profit Internet junction. It has been offering services since the early nineteen nineties. AMS-IX is one of the world’s biggest Internet junctions. Over 300 Internet related parties come together here to exchange Internet traffic at more than 650 Gigabits per second. The AMS-IX platform offers high quality non blocking peering services for all types of IP traffic, whether traditional data, VoIP or video. AMS-IX manages the first mobile peering points worldwide, Global GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX) and the Mobile Data Exchange (MDX). The company also manages broadcasting traffic solutions via its multicast peering service.

About EvoSwitch
EvoSwitch is a carrier and climate neutral data center. The data center is energy saving and has a PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) of 1.6, aiming towards a PUE of 1.2. EvoSwitch is located in the Amsterdam area, has good connections, a 20 Megawatt power capacity, and an ample floor surface exceeding 9,000 square meters. EvoSwitch is ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certified. For customers, this means that their IT infrastructure at EvoSwitch is protected following the highest security standards. EvoSwitch’s operations are fully climate neutral. In collaboration with the Climate Neutral Group, the data center invests in global projects to restore the CO2 balance in the atmosphere. EvoSwitch customers can use the logos in the partner program The Green Fan on their website to demonstrate that they use a climate neutral data center. In January 2009, a report issued by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment described EvoSwitch as one of the world’s eleven most energy saving data centers. In the Netherlands, EvoSwitch joined a group of 16 leading ICT companies in signing the Multi Year Energy Efficiency Agreement (MJA) of the Ministry for Economic Affairs. The MJA aims to realize 30% energy efficiency over a period of fifteen years.

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