Foundry Networks has announced that the world’s largest public Internet Exchange Point (IXP), the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), selected the NetIron MLX-32 metro routers for their powerful switching capabilities to keep up with the organization’s documented 100 percent year-over-year Internet Protocol (IP) traffic growth. With the surging growth of Internet traffic pushing overall used capacity through the 350 Gbps threshold at the end of October, AMS-IX required the most powerful switching platform available to provide their multifaceted infrastructure with long-term scalability, simplified network management, high reliability, and protection for their long-term equipment investment.
Currently setting the record for the greatest volume of traffic for any IXP, AMS-IX connects IP networks for more than 280 Internet service providers and carriers through more than 475 ports on one distributed switch platform. A pioneer in applying ultra-high capacity networking, the Exchange’s exponential growth rates require increasingly higher switching capacity to support the increasing trend of high bandwidth applications like online video, competitive online gaming and streaming audio services. Their customers’ current 10 gigabit port demands have increased at a rate that has outpaced AMS-IX’s most optimistic expectations. A number of AMS-IX’s customers will soon require more than eight parallel 10 gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) connections to the exchange for handing network traffic to their peers.