The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), said to be the world’s largest Internet exchange by traffic volume, is using two Anritsu MD1260A IP/Ethernet analyzers to design its network infrastructure for fast-growing volumes of IP data throughput.
AMS-IX is replacing an existing network configuration based on multiple aggregated 10GbE links with an architecture using 100GbE-standard routers and switches. This architecture reduces network complexity, improves performance and eases network management operations.
The requirement for test equipment that supports the 100GbE architecture has led AMS-IX to install the MD1260A, which is an network analyzer optimized for 40/100GbE networks. Providing coverage of testing requirements for next-generation IP networks, the MD1260A offers 40/100GbE tolerance tests that exceed the IEEE/ITU-T standards.
Chief Technical Officer of AMS-IX, Henk Steenman, said, “AMS-IX has been supported for more than eight years by Anritsu’s previous generation of 10GbE instruments, so we are very confident that its new 100GbE test technology will meet our needs over the long term.”
Hirokazu Hamada, head of R&D for General Purpose Measurement Solutions at Anritsu, added, “All service providers face the issue of increasing bandwidth usage driven by demand for cloud services and video traffic, but AMS-IX is taking the lead in the adoption of 100GbE solutions.”
More than 400 networks come together in Amsterdam from all over the world to exchange over 1200 Gbps (1.2Terabit per second) of Internet traffic. The AMS-IX platform provides a peering service for diverse traffic from regular traffic, video/TV, mobile or voice IP. Additionally, AMS-IX hosts the first mobile peering point worldwide, the Global GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX) and the Mobile Data Exchange (MDX).