The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) is an Internet exchange point situated in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. AMS-IX started in 1994 and is a fast growing, non-profit, neutral and independent peering point. The AMS-IX is one of the largest Internet Exchanges in the world.
In February 1994, a layer 2 shared infrastructure, used between academic institutes, was connected with CERN to exchange traffic. Other internet service providers were allowed to connect and the name AMS-IX was first used. In 1997, the AMS-IX Association was founded by twenty of the connected internet service providers and carriers.
In 2002, the Netherlands Internet Exchange was founded as an alternative or backup for the Amsterdam Internet Exchange.
As of 5 January 2011, AMS-IX connected 396 members on 684 ports. The all time peak of incoming traffic was 1.513 Tbit/s and of outgoing traffic 1.512 Tbit/s compared to 0.833 Tbit/s average incoming and outgoing, in January 2012.