Internet Peering

The Internet Peering VLAN or ISP Unicast VLAN is the most widely used exchange service. It is the common service on which the traditional Internet Exchange is based and where public peering is done. The service offers access to the multitude of networks connected to the AMS-IX Bay Area platform with only one connection - making it very cost-efficient. Public peering is done by ISPs, carriers, content providers and the like to decrease network costs, improve performance and increase redundancy.

The Internet Peering VLAN is an Ethernet based Unicast service, enabled to support both IPv4 and IPv6 natively. The service offers interface speeds of 1 Gigabit per second Ethernet (GE), 10 or 100 Gigabit per second Ethernet (10GE, 100GE) or multitudes of these speeds in aggregated setup. The peering VLAN is monitored 24x7 by our NOC. All customers can view their overal live traffic and specific peering traffic (sFlow) on their dedicated My.US.AMS-IX  portal. The service details are:

Ports available
  • 1 Gbit/s “GE” (1000BaseLX)
  • 10 Gbit/s “10GE” (10000BaseLR, 10000BaseER)
  • 100Gbit/s "100GE" (100GE-LR4, 100GE-10x10)
  • Link aggregation of the above
  • Provisioning of non-blocking GE, 10 or 100 GE ports. Two redundant ports on separate access switches are provided. The member/customer network actually connects to a photonic switch which provides one point of access to both ports.
  • IPv4 and/or IPv6 (native)
  • Live monitoring of traffic over AMS-IX Bay Area through My.US.AMS-IX
  • sFlow traffic analysis reporting per customer on IP and AS level
  • Free access to the AMS-IX Bay Area route servers
  • Monthly volume reports online
  • environment for easy administration of contract, contacts and connection changes
IP details
  • One IPv4 address (1 per port) and/or IPv6 out of the prefix that is in use on the AMS-IX Bay Area infrastructure.
  • PTR RR record in primary DNS for the mapping of the AMS-IX Bay Area IPv4 prefix.
  • PTR RR record(s) in primary DNS for the mapping of the AMS-IX Bay Area IPv6 prefix.
Service Level & Responsibilities:
  • AMS-IX Bay Area delivers a service from the port to the patch panel.
  • AMS-IX Bay Area is responsible for correct functioning of the AMS-IX Bay Area infrastructure between its switches.
  • The customer is responsible for its peering and correct functioning of its own network.
  • The customer is responsible for the necessary cabling between their router and the AMS-IX Bay Area switch panel at the colocation.
  • The AMS-IX Network Operations Centre (NOC) actively monitors the AMS-IX Bay Area infrastructure 24x7.
  • Problems can be reported to the AMS-IX NOC via email or telephone. We have a preference for email but if you require immediate attention (in case of emergencies) feel free to call. Go to the NOC contact page for more details.
  • Further details on performance and service levels can be found in the service level description
  • An overview of the costs of an Internet Peering VLAN connection to the AMS-IX Bay Area infrastructure is available on the pricing page.
  • The costs of physically housing your equipment depends on which colocation you choose.