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Press Release -- November 6th, 2013
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AMS-IX USA Inc. to Deploy an Open-IX Internet Exchange in New York

Presence in Digital Realty, DuPont Fabros Technology, Sabey and 325 Hudson Data Centers with AMS-IX New York accepting orders as of today

Amsterdam, 6th November 2013 - AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange), the world’s leading Internet Exchange operator, announces that its newly-formed subsidiary AMS-IX USA Inc. has reached definitive agreements with Digital Realty (NYSE:DLR, news, filings), DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT), Sabey Data Centers and 325 Hudson in the New York/New Jersey area to build and operate a distributed Internet Exchange, named AMS-IX New York.

AMS-IX will also deploy distributed Internet Exchanges in the Chicago and Silicon Valley markets, which are currently planned to go live in respectively the first and second quarter of 2014. This new business initiative is a response to the certification process by the Open-IX Association for the setup of neutral and distributed Internet Exchanges in the United States.

In all three markets, AMS-IX will deploy an Internet Exchange spanning several locations with an initial deployment of AMS-IX New York in Digital Realty and DuPont Fabros Technology data centers in New York (111 8th) and New Jersey (101 Possumtown Road, Piscataway) respectively. Depending on the market demand and the willingness of other data center providers to partner with AMS-IX, additional locations may be added. For the AMS-IX New York Internet Exchange the other two locations that have been selected are Sabey Data Centers’ new Intergate.Manhattan at 375 Pearl Street and the newly opened 325 Hudson interconnection facility. More locations will follow at a later stage. AMS-IX strongly believes that a distributed exchange model offers the best value by enabling a choice of connectivity options in as many data center locations as makes business sense. In Amsterdam, the AMS-IX exchange platform is currently distributed over 12 different data centers serving well over 600 IP networks from around the globe, making it the largest Internet Exchange in the world.

Open-IX is an initiative started by a group of Internet network operators, content owners and distributors and other market parties, such as data centers, that encourages the development of the neutral and distributed Internet Exchange model in North America. This group formed the Open-IX Association and instated an interim board following the launch of the initiative in August of this year.

Internet Exchange operators and data center companies such as AMS-IX, Digital Realty and DuPont Fabros Technology, will be reviewed against the technology standards set by the Open-IX community. The Open-IX framework ensures future continuity of the neutral governance model and the technical compliance of any participating Internet Exchange. The ultimate objective of Open-IX is to reduce interconnection complexity and the associated costs in North America, which have been more complex and higher than in Europe, where the neutral and distributed Internet Exchange model is very common. As the business initiative of AMS-IX, Digital Realty and DuPont Fabros Technology fits the Open-IX framework, all parties expect to be certified by the association when the process commences.

AMS-IX’s Chief Executive Officer Job Witteman says: "The opportunity to start neutral, distributed Internet Exchanges in the US with the endorsement of the Open-IX community fits our strategy of building Internet Exchanges in connectivity hub locations around the world. We believe the model will bring the North American IP interconnection market tremendous value by decreasing complexity as well as the associated costs. AMS-IX is committed to bringing about this market transformation, and is pleased to have found initial partners in two major market participants Digital Realty and DuPont Fabros Technology. "

"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 Open-IX community's desire for neutral exchanges that are more efficient and cost-effective than those available today. The end result for our customers will be access to enhanced interconnectivity and Internet peering capabilities."

Hossein Fateh, President and Chief Executive officer of DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. commented: “Building upon our carrier-neutrality principle, we are glad to support the Open-IX Association and encourage the deployment of the AMS-IX New York Internet Exchange in our Piscataway NJ1 data center. The AMS-IX Internet Exchange at NJ1 will complement the network providers and the New York Stock Exchange currently providing connectivity services to our customers. We expect our customers to benefit from this open Peering and Interconnectivity environment”.

John Sabey, President of Sabey Data Centers, stated: “We are very happy to partner with AMS-IX New York on this important market-changing initiative. Offering more choice in the New York City market to carriers and customers is good for everyone.”

AMS-IX New York is accepting orders as of today, with the first presence in the 111 8th Digital Realty facility ready to provision customer ports.  The other two Internet Exchanges (AMS-IX Chicago and AMS-IX Silicon Valley) will follow respectively in the first and second quarter of 2014. Henk Steenman, Chief Technical Officer of AMS-IX, says: "With our experience of building and managing Internet Exchanges in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and East Africa we have a blueprint for rolling out new exchange platforms. All of the configurations, management and monitoring systems are pre-defined and ready for deployment. The main priority is to extend the organization, the team and to deploy the equipment and local Dark Fiber between the several data centers, as well as with other companies that are willing to partner with AMS-IX, and are Open-IX certified and commercially feasible."

About AMS-IX

Established in the early 1990s, AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) 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 around 2.5 Terabit 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.

For more information about AMS-IX, please contact

AMS-IX Corporate PR & Communications: +31 20 305 89 99
AMS-IX USA Inc.: +1 212 461 4768

Email: pr@ams-ix.net

More information on AMS-IX Corporate: http://www.ams-ix.net 

More information on AMS-IX New York: https://nynj.ams-ix.net

About Digital Realty

Digital Realty 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 three 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 www.digitalrealty.com.

About DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc.

DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT) is a leading owner, developer, operator and manager of enterprise-class, carrier-neutral, large multi-tenanted wholesale data centers. The Company’s facilities are designed to offer highly specialized, efficient and safe computing environments in a low-cost operating model. The Company’s customers outsource their mission critical applications and include national and international enterprises across numerous industries, such as technology, Internet content providers, media, communications, cloud-based, healthcare and financial services. The Company's ten data centers are located in four major U.S. markets, which total 2.5 million gross square feet and 218 megawatts of available critical load to power the servers and computing equipment of its customers. DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT) is headquartered in Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.dft.com.

About Sabey Data Center Properties

With a portfolio of more than three million square feet of mission critical space, Sabey Data Center Properties is one of the oldest and largest privately owned multi-tenant data center owner/developer/operators in the United States.  Sabey specializes in scalable, custom-built solutions including data center ready shell space and fully turnkey data centers managed by Sabey’s award-winning critical environment staff. Consistently recognized for its reputation for operational excellence through its world-class data centers and sustained uptime, Sabey boasts one of the most sterling tenant rosters in the industry. www.sabeydatacenters.com

About 325 Hudson

325 Hudson Street is a 10 story, 240,000 square foot building located in the heart of New York City’s “Hudson Square” neighborhood, along the fiber dense Hudson Street corridor. The building has direct access to transatlantic cables and major metro and

regional fiber providers. The carrier neutral core interconnection facility features a building owned and managed Meet Me Room with a commitment to no monthly recurring cross connect fees. With the building and the Meet Me Room under common ownership, 325 Hudson provides a stable long term neutral environment for global network operators to thrive in New York City.

For more information on 325 Hudson, visit www.325hudson.com

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