17 September 2019

For the “Good of the Internet”: Global Internet Exchange Leaders Develop Universal API

Frankfurt am Main, 17 September 2019: The world’s leading Internet Exchange operators AMS-IX (Amsterdam), DE-CIX (Frankfurt) and LINX (London) have joined forces to develop a common Application Programming Interface (API) to provision and configure Interconnection services. This so-called IX-API will improve productivity for their members, customers and partners alike. It allows users to self-manage their existing and new Interconnection services such as peering more effectively, from ordering new ports to monitoring provisioning processes. The consortium of the three Internet Exchanges also called on common member and connectivity partner Epsilon and data center partner Interxion to act as pilot customers for the new software. Both partners’ tests came out with positive results and they will be joining the exchanges at the European Peering Forum (EPF) taking place from 16 -18 September in Tallinn (Estonia) to present and demonstrate the tool to the rest of the Internet and telecommunications community.

“DE-CIX’s ambition has always been to make customers lives easier and connect them anywhere they need to be on the planet. Therefore, we are pleased to have come together with our partners to create this IX-API from scratch. We are convinced that this new industry standard will be adopted by other Internet Exchanges and interconnection providers,” says Dr Thomas King, Chief Technology Officer at DE-CIX. “There is a high percentage of member and customer crossover between all three exchanges, working with the same remote peering partners and data centers. A universal API tool is a huge step forward for the industry.”

AMS-IX, DE-CIX and LINX are part of the European Peering Forum (EPF) and aim to be unveiling the new project, on its completion, to their industry peers at EPF14 from 16 - 18 September in Tallinn, Estonia.

Find out more about the IX-API collaboration project, and what events you will be able to meet the team at, here.