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6 October 2020

Global Internet Exchange Leaders Release Next Phase of Universal API

Enhanced IX API to include cloud connection capabilities, private VLAN and closed user groups

One year ago, the world’s leading Internet Exchange operators AMS-IX (Amsterdam), DE-CIX (Frankfurt) and LINX (London), launched a new universal application-programming interface, the IX-API. The large proportion of member, customer and partner crossover between all three exchanges provided the opportunity to work with and offer something to the community, making a new universal provisioning and configuration API a natural yet revolutionary collaboration between the three IXs.

The IX-API improves productivity and provisioning of services for their immediate customers, members, and the wider networking community to self-manage their existing and new interconnection services, such as peering, more effectively. During the virtual European Peering Forum (EPF) event in September, the release of version 2 was presented. The IX-API version 2 contains a number of new features including cloud connectivity capabilities, private VLANs and closed user groups. The IX-API version 2 specification and documentation is available now in the sandbox on https://ix-api.net/

Dr Thomas King, Chief Technology Officer at DE-CIX says, “DE-CIX implemented the DE-CIX API in September last year, right after IX-API version 1 was released. Many customers and especially peering resellers jumped at the chance, as IX-API version 1 mainly focused on the peering use case. With IX-API version 2, cloud connectivity is now also supported, and has already been implemented. The first customers are already using version 2 to automatically provision and configure dedicated cloud connectivity to cloud service providers such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, and the Google Cloud platform. Customers can now programmatically set up and control not only peering services but also cloud connectivity to a large number of cloud service providers. This transforms the DE-CIX interconnection ecosystem into a software-defined Internet and Cloud Exchange.”

Richard Petrie, Chief Technology Officer for LINX adds: “For LINX and version 2 we are working to deliver this in parallel to our product offerings, as we enable cloud solutions through our portal and enhanced interconnection services this year. Developing a wider set of products and services for our members and partners is very much part of the LINX strategy and IX-API version 2 provides a programmable interface into our exchange platforms around the world. We also continue to promote adoption across the IX community, to help promote digital consumption of peering services in general.”

Henk Steenman, Chief Technology Officer for AMS-IX says: “Over the last months we continued working on the IX-API to further improve this service and make it easier for IX partners to interface with IXs in a standardized, automated way. This will significantly streamline the workflow of customers seeking to connect to an IX.”

Mutual connectivity and data centre partners Epsilon and Interxion were approached to trial the first phase of the IX-API and will continue to trial and support version 2 of the IX-API.

Further phases are being planned to include additional monitoring and statistical functions. Find out more about the IX-API collaboration project and live sandbox tools on this website: https://ix-api.net/


17 September 2019

For the ‘Good of the Internet’

Global Internet Exchange Leaders Develop Universal API

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 (www.epsilontel.com ) and data centre partner Interxion (www.interxion.com ) 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 in September to present and demonstrate the tool to the rest of the Internet and telecommunications community.

Dr Thomas King, Chief Technology Officer at DE-CIX says; “DE-CIX ambition has always been to make customers life easier and connect them anywhere needed 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.”

Richard Petrie, Chief Technology Officer for LINX adds; “Our software and engineering teams have collaborated, working hard to create this modern RESTful API based on OpenAPI Specification v3 for managing IXPs customers and services.”

Henk Steenman, Chief Technology Officer for AMS-IX says; “At AMS-IX, we are very proud that the three largest exchanges join forces, collaborate and have reached consensus to deliver the common IX-API project. In a very competitive market, we have found a common ambition and drive for the greater good of the internet.”

There is a large percentage of member and customer crossover between all three exchanges, working with the same remote peering partners and data centres. Being able to work with and offer out to the community, 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, in its completion, to their industry peers at EPF14 this September in Tallinn, Estonia.