They’ve partnered with CME Group over in the financial vertical to open their first Chicago PoP. It’s at 350 E. Cermak of course, the hub which dominates the city’s interconnection market. AMS-IX is working on an additional PoP in the region already, to go live early next year. It’s a pretty long road yet to critical mass, of course, but Chicago’s interconnection market can certainly use the variety.
This is the third prong of AMS-IX’s entry into the US interconnection market, which began in New York. The opportunity for European-style interconnection exchanges to invade the US was largely prompted by the Open-IX initiative. AMS-IX has some competition in New York from DE-CIX as well as established providers, but in San Francisco and Chicago the field is a bit more clear.
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