Open–IX Extends Data Center and Internet Exchange Certifications to Points Across the Globe

Oct. 16, 2014

Broadened Reach Addresses Accelerating Certification Demand from Open-IX Members and Companies Globally

CAMBRIDGE, MA, USA – October 16, 2014 – The Open-IX Association (OIX), a non-profit industry association formed to promote better standards for data center interconnection and Internet exchanges, announces it is now accepting Internet Exchange (OIX-1) and Data Center (OIX-2) certification applications for any Internet Exchange Point or data center worldwide. The declaration extends the application process for OIX standards certifications from North America to the larger global market, emanating from growing interest and requests by Open-IX members and interconnect and data center professionals located in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia-Pacific as well as other regions across the globe.

“Since its inception, Open-IX has experienced continued momentum for its standards and certification program, growing rapidly amongst data centers and IXPs in the United States,” says Martin Hannigan, Co-Founder and Treasurer of Open-IX Association. “Today, we are announcing another milestone not only for Open-IX, but also the global Internet and Open-IX community. Meeting interest and demand for achieving OIX certification in other countries is crucial to the proliferation of our consensus-based community standards which support the future health and robustness of the Internet as a whole.”

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 standards and certified 21 data centers and two exchanges since its inception approximately one year ago.

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.