Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Amsterdam Internet Exchange Deploys MRV's LambdaDriver

The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), one of the world's largest public Internet exchanges, is deploying MRV Communications' LambdaDriver DWDM equipment.

AMS-IX recently moved to a MPLS/VPLS setup to continue to grow beyond the limitations of a pure layer 2 platform, for which larger switches or switches with 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports were not available on the market yet.

"Meanwhile, in a few months we will move to a double density blade allowing the Brocade's NetIron MLX32 routers we use to support 256 10-Gbps Ethernet ports each," said Henk Steenman, AMS-IX CTO. "However," he added, "this blade does not have integrated optics. The edge and core routers with double-density blades will therefore have to rely on DWDM systems to connect to one another," explaining the addition of the MRV systems to the exchange infrastructure.

The network has a total capacity of 2.2 Terabits divided over 220 x 10 Gigabit in a quadruple redundant hub/spoke topology. The developments in the optical transport market are going fast and AMS-IX will move towards 100 Gigabit DWDM links in 2011.