Open–IX Association to Keynote the 6th Annual DatacenterDynamics Converged Toronto Conference

Nov. 3, 2014

Gabe Cole and Bill Sandiford to Discuss the Open and Neutral Future of Internet Exchanges

CAMBRIDGE, MA, USA – November 3, 2014 – The Open-IX Association (OIX), a non-profit industry association formed to promote better standards for data center interconnection and Internet exchanges globally, announces today that the Chair of the Open-IX Data Center Standards Committee, Gabe Cole, and President and Chair of the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC) Board, Bill Sandiford, will keynote the Datacenter Dynamics Converged Toronto Conference, taking place November 6, 2014 at the Eaton Chelsea in Toronto, Canada.

Mr. Cole and Mr. Sandiford are scheduled to give the keynote presentation entitled The Future of Internet Exchange is Open and Neutral from 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM in Hall 1. The session will explore the emergence and progress of Open-IX, an industry-led initiative of network operators, data and content owners and distributors, and Internet-focused data center owners intended to develop standards for data center-based Internet Exchange Points (IXPs). Mr. Sandiford and Mr. Cole will also address the growing levels of association support and participation, including identifying OIX-1 and OIX-2 certified Internet Exchange and data centers, respectively, to date. Discussion points will also include the acceptance of Open-IX in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and the Canadian market as a whole, and why this is important to the future of Internet Exchange and data center strategy.

Open-IX is a non-profit association organized and operated by volunteers from the Internet community who aim to increase the reliability, resiliency and competitiveness of massive-scale interconnection for all. Through broad participation of interconnect and data center professionals, the Association has produced two Internet Exchange and data center consensus-based community standards and certified 21 data centers and two exchanges since its inception approximately one year ago.

DatacenterDynamics Converged Toronto is part of the world’s largest peer-led data center conference and expo series. As one of the most important gatherings of data center industry leaders in North America, the event brings together end-users and operators of the world’s largest data centers, C-level executives driving strategic direction of data center policy and investment, and key influencers on tactical decisions including operations, networks, IT applications, facilities, engineering, finance, and real estate.

To apply for OIX certification, email info@open-ix.org.

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About Open-IX

The Open-IX Association (OIX) is an Internet community derived effort to improve the landscape of Internet peering and interconnect in the United States. OIX encourages the development of neutral and distributed Internet exchanges in North America while promoting uniform, cost-efficient standards of performance for interconnections backed by the Internet community.  The association aims to promote common and uniform specifications for data transfer and physical connectivity and improve IX performance by developing criteria and methods of measurement to reduce the complexity that restricts interconnection in fragmented markets.  The OIX Board is comprised of volunteer representatives from the Internet community in the United States, including Paul L. Andersen; Donald S. Clark; Dan Golding; Martin Hannigan; Keith Mitchell; David Temkin; and Barry Tishgart.