SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), the world's leading Internet exchange operator, and Digital Realty (NYSE:DLR, news, filings), a leading global provider of data center solutions, today announced the deployment of AMS-IX in Digital Realty's data center facility in New York City. This new business initiative is a response to the endorsement process by the Open-IX community for the creation of a neutral, member-governed, and distributed Internet exchange in the United States.
AMS-IX plans to establish a distributed Internet exchange in several locations across the U.S. with its initial New York presence in Digital Realty's data center. In Amsterdam, the AMS-IX exchange platform is distributed across 12 data centers serving over 600 Internet provider (IP) networks around the globe, making it the largest exchange in the world.
"We are very pleased to be partnering with Digital Realty on the deployment of the first AMS-IX distributed exchange in New York, and look forward to working with them on future AMS-IX locations across their US portfolio," said Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX. "We believe that a distributed exchange offers the best value if customers have a wide selection of data center locations to choose from. We are committed to bringing about this market transformation and glad to partner with Digital Realty."
The opportunity to start neutral, distributed Internet exchanges in the U.S fits AMS-IX's strategy of building exchanges in hub locations around the world. Witteman and his team believe this model will add value to the IP interconnection market in the U.S. by decreasing complexity as well as expense.
"Having AMS-IX as part of our open Internet exchange environment provides the foundation for a successful initiative for our customers," said John Sarkis, Vice President, Carrier and Connectivity Operations, at Digital Realty. "With our ecosystem in place, our customers, not only in the NY Metro market, but across our entire portfolio, will have direct access to the AMS-IX exchange in New York, helping solidify the movement towards a more efficient means of connectivity."
"We are pleased to be collaborating with AMS-IX on this important initiative," said Michael F. Foust, Chief Executive Officer at Digital Realty. "By helping establish a truly open Internet exchange environment, we are supporting the community's desire for neutral exchanges that are more efficient and cost-effective than those available today. The end result for our clients will be access to enhanced interconnectivity and Internet peering capabilities."
"With our experience of building and managing exchanges in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Africa, we have a blueprint for rolling out new exchanges," said Henk Steenman, CTO at AMS-IX. "All of the configurations, management and monitoring systems are defined and available for us to deploy. Of main importance is to grow the team and to deploy the equipment and local fiber between the data centers."
Open-IX is an initiative started by a group of Internet network operators, content owners and distributors and other market parties, such as data center providers, that encourages the development of a neutral, member-governed and distributed Internet exchange model in North America. The Open-IX group formed the Open-IX Association and installed an interim board following the U.S. launch of the initiative in August of this year.
Established in the early 1990s, Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) is a neutral and independent Internet exchange based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. AMS-IX interconnects over 600 IP networks and its business traffic has a peak of more than 2.5 terabits per second, making it the largest Internet exchange in the world. The AMS-IX platform provides a professional, high quality, non-blocking peering service for all types of IP traffic, be it regular IP data such as email or web content, to also video/TV and hosting and cloud parties. AMS-IX additionally hosts the first mobile peering point worldwide, the Global GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX) and the Mobile Data Exchange (MDX) and the first interconnection of IPX networks (Inter-IPX). AMS-IX deploys two other Internet exchanges abroad: AMS-IX Hong Kong in the Asia Pacific region and AMS-IX Caribbean, based in Curacao. Currently, the AMS-IX East Africa Exchange Point is being built in Mombasa, Kenya. Additional information about AMS-IX is available on the organization's website at www.ams-ix.net and about AMS-IX New York on https://nynj.ams-ix.net.
About Digital Realty
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. focuses on delivering customer-driven data center solutions by providing secure, reliable and cost-effective facilities that meet each customer's unique data center needs. Digital Realty's customers include domestic and international companies across multiple industry verticals ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, health care and consumer products. Digital Realty's 130 properties, including twelve properties held as investments in unconsolidated joint ventures, comprise approximately 23.8 million square feet as of September 30, 2013, including 2.8 million square feet of space held for development. Digital Realty's portfolio is located in 33 markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Additional information about Digital Realty is included in the Company Overview, which is available on the Investors page of Digital Realty's website at http://www.digitalrealty.com.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements which are based on Digital Realty Trust, Inc.'s current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially, including statements related to our agreement with AMS-IX, expected timing to deploy Internet exchanges in additional Digital Realty facilities, and benefits to our customers. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, the following: the impact of the recent deterioration in global economic, credit and market conditions, including the downgrade of the U.S. government's credit rating; current local economic conditions in its geographic markets; decreases in information technology spending, including as a result of economic slowdowns or recession; adverse economic or real estate developments in its industry or the industry sectors that it sells to (including risks relating to decreasing real estate valuations and impairment charges); its dependence upon significant tenants; bankruptcy or insolvency of a major tenant or a significant number of smaller tenants; defaults on or non-renewal of leases by tenants; its failure to obtain necessary debt and equity financing; increased interest rates and operating costs; risks associated with using debt to fund its business activities, including re-financing and interest rate risks, its failure to repay debt when due, adverse changes in its credit ratings or its breach of covenants or other terms contained in its loan facilities and agreements; financial market fluctuations; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; its inability to manage its growth effectively; difficulty acquiring or operating properties in foreign jurisdictions; its failure to successfully integrate and operate acquired or developed properties or businesses; the suitability of its properties and data center infrastructure, delays or disruptions in connectivity, failure of its physical infrastructure or services or availability of power; risks related to joint venture investments, including as a result of its lack of control of such investments; delays or unexpected costs in development of properties; decreased rental rates or increased vacancy rates; increased competition or available supply of data center space; its inability to successfully develop and lease new properties and space held for development; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and completing acquisitions; its inability to acquire off-market properties; its inability to comply with the rules and regulations applicable to reporting companies; its failure to maintain its status as a REIT; possible adverse changes to tax laws; restrictions on its ability to engage in certain business activities; environmental uncertainties and risks related to natural disasters; losses in excess of its insurance coverage; changes in foreign laws and regulations, including those related to taxation and real estate ownership and operation; and changes in local, state and federal regulatory requirements, including changes in real estate and zoning laws and increases in real property tax rates. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports and other filings by Digital Realty Trust, Inc. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including Digital Realty Trust, Inc.'s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2013 and June 30, 2013. Digital Realty Trust, Inc. disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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