The AMS-IX HK peering platform uses an MPLS/VPLS infrastructure comparable to the one in Amsterdam. This setup allows for a resilient and highly scalable infrastructure inherent to MPLS, while at the same time the interface towards the members is still the common shared Layer 2 Ethernet platform.
Networks connect with either Gigabit Ethernet (GE), 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GE), or multiples of these on the access devices. These are Brocade MLXe-8 PE routers for GE connections or Brocade MLXe-16 PE routers for 10GE. To provide more resilience in the customer connection at 10GE, these are terminated on a Glimmerglass system 100 photonic cross-connect (PXC). The PXC connects the member router (at Layer 1) to one of the local 10GE access routers and if necessary moves this connection to a backup router.
The current AMS-IX HK logical setup is visualised below. The circles show customer routers. The top one connects at 1GE to the low speed access router. The low speed access router is connected to both high speed access routers with a multiple 10GE connection. The customer router at the bottom is connected to the Glimmerglass photonic cross connect, which connects the customer to either one of the high speed access routers.