Open-IX, a 501(c)(6) non-profit industry association promoting better standards for data center interconnection and internet exchanges, has recently announced a newly ratified standard allowing non-profit organizations and internet exchange community members to achieve Open-IX (OIX) certification at no cost. Approved in December 2018, this new standard is identical to the costed version and has been ratified by the newly elected board.

This step, another significant milestone for Open-IX, makes clear their commitment to open, transparent, bottom-up, and ongoing community involvement. By introducing this no-cost option, OIX removes administrative and financial roadblocks to certified non-profits or community members interested in participating in the creation of a more resilient and efficient global internet infrastructure.

“We are proud to announce this new standard,” commented Rob DeVita, Executive Director. “We believe it will enable significant growth for OIX certified entities moving forward. We thank the community as a whole for bringing this idea to us and we are delighted to enact it so early in our tenure.”

The new board members, installed at the November 2018 Annual General Meeting, have put this new standard in place to promote the full potential for expansion of the Open-IX community, and to build a standards framework that works for the entire internet community.

The New Board of Directors

  • Robert DeVita, Executive Director and Secretary (Mejeticks)
  • Aaron Hughes, Chairman (6connect, Inc.)
  • Eli Scher, Vice Chairman (New Continuum Holdings Corporation)
  • Corey J. Gallon, Treasurer (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • Sagi Brody, Director (Webair)
  • Matt Griswold, Director (United IX)
  • Arnold Nipper, Director (DE-CIX)

This new certification opportunity is part of an ongoing effort to promote an informal, non-competitive environment, one where the best of the best participate in Open-IX forums and meetings for idea and expertise-sharing. The OIX board is confident this opportunity will encourage significant adoption.

Open-IX, led by this newly elected board, is organized and operated by volunteers from across the internet and dedicated to increasing the reliability, resiliency and competitiveness of massive-scale interconnection for all. The Association aims to improve overall internet performance by developing criteria and methods of measurement to reduce the complexity that restricts massive-scale interconnection in fragmented markets.


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