The Data Center Standards Committee is tasked with developing and maintaining the OIX-2 technical and operational standards for Data Centers. The OIX-2 standards encompass physical, operational, and open access requirements from the street directly into the data center environment, including cross connection policies, Service Level Agreements (SLAs), up-time guarantees, and more.

The goal of the standard is to capture the critical aspects necessary to support the installation of an OIX-1 compliant exchange, although it also signifies sufficient capability for other mission-critical applications and massive scale interconnection.

A second task of the Data Center Standards Committee is to evaluate Data Center requests for certification against the OIX-2 standards.

Committee Members

All of Open-IX Committees are comprised of volunteer representatives from the Global Internet community, who are coming together to create a better, safer, stronger, fairer Internet.

The expected weekly time commitment for task completion is 1-2 hours per week. It is asked that volunteers for this committee commit to a one-year term.

Brian Achten, Chair, is a Project Executive at Critical Project Services, LLC<wbr></wbr>brian-achten-cdcdp%E2%84%A2-<wbr></wbr>249188/

 Brian has worked in the Data Center Industry for over 20 years starting with Unix and Linux sysadmin duties to network administration at a ISP and grew up in the business to design, constructing and operate  colocation data centers.   He started out connecting computers in 1984 with an Apple iic and a 300 baud acoustic coupler modem connecting to local BBS systems and just grew from there.  Currently he is a Project Executive at Critical Project Services and works on larger mission critical sites for traditional single and multi tenant datacenters as well as HEMP/IEMI/TEMPEST shielded datacenter design and logistics.    

 Jim Grady is Senior Director of Business Development at 365 Data Centers - - Jim is responsible for working with carriers, cloud providers and local internet exchanges to ensure that they are optimally deployed in local 365 data centers in every market where they are conducting business. Jim is also responsible for all of 365's technology partners and service providers to ensure that 365 has the right mix of partner services available at each of 365's edge data centers. In addition, Jim is responsible for all of 365's channel partner program to ensure that 365 has robust sales coverage and presence in all of its 14 local markets.

Jim has 20+ years’ experience working across all segments of the telecom industry. Jim has held positions in finance, operations and business development with a track record of delivering bottom line results everywhere he worked. Jim has a BA from Colgate University and an MBA in Finance and International Business from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Matt Koerner is Principal at Critical Project Services, LLC - - 

With over 20 years of experience in the Architecture / Engineering / Construction industry, Matthew has achieved an extensive understanding of the design and construction aspects of mission critical projects. His resume includes the integration of technology systems into critical environments in over 30 countries throughout the world.  Matthew’s ability to strategically manage and actively participate in a project from inception and throughout design, procurement, construction, and commissioning is a testament to his experience as a professional design engineer and a project / program manager of mission critical projects.

Matthew is a licensed professional engineer in multiple states and is a LEED AP. He is a graduate of Kansas State University's Architectural Engineering program and serves in various board and committee positions for the 7x24 Exchange and Open-IX.

Kevin Loch is Network Architect at QTS Data Centers -<wbr style="box-sizing:border-box"></wbr>kevin-loch-99211b37/ - 

Kevin Loch is Principal Network Architect at QTS Data Centers. He has over 20 years of experience designing enterprise and data center networks.  Kevin joined Carpathia Hosting in 2005 and helped it grow from one cage in Ashburn, VA to a global leader in managed complex and compliant hosting.  When QTS Data Centers acquired Carpathia in 2015, Kevin continued to lead the company’s overall network design and strategy.  As the company grew, Kevin took on additional responsibilities with the data center operations side and now works to foster a culture of interconnection within his data centers and to the broader data center community.  Passionate about neutrality, he believes data centers and peering exchanges should compete based on the quality of its core product and services and not by artificial restrictions to connectivity.

Arthur Valhuerdi is Senior Vice President Operations at Datagryd Data Centers - Valhuerdi has over 27 years of management experience in the telecommunications and data center fields. Currently he is the Senior Vice President of Operations for Datagryd Data Centers, where is in charge of all Operations, Engineering and Construction.
Previously Arthur served as Vice President of Engineering for Zayo Colocation, Vice President of Infrastructure for FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc., and  held various engineering and construction management positions within Bell Atlantic.

 Mr. Valhuerdi holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, an M.S. in Information Systems from Polytechnic Institute of New York University as well as a Master's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. He also holds a Project Management Professional certification and is EIT certified.


Data Center Standards Committee Policy 


The purpose of the Open-IX Data Center Standards Committee is to engage in the process of maintaining the OIX-2 certification to support transparent, resilient, and sustainable operations of data center facilities so that the global internet community benefits from a stable and scalable foundation to operate from.



The Data Center Standards Committee is to be primarily engaged in the review of applications for technical compliance with the OIX-2 StandardThe Committee will meet bi-weekly to discuss applications and conduct its other business. If questions arise during application reviews, the chair, or a delegated member of the committee will communicate directly with the applicant to clarify or provide greater detail. If required, the Committee may request the applicant to amend its application. Upon the committee’s approval of the application, the chair will distribute the application to the members list for open and public comment. After 7 calendar days, if no public comments result in delaying board review, the application will be recommended to the board for approval.



The Data Center Standards Committee will be responsible for reviewing the OIX-2 Standard on an annual basis. The focus of any recommended changes to the Standard will be on maintaining relevance in the wake of new technologies and evolving best practices. After the annual review, the Committee will propose any recommended changes to the members. After allowing 14 calendar days for ensuing dialogue and potential further modification, the committee will present its recommended changes to the board for final approval. Additionally, from time to time, in the practical application of the standard, the Committee may deem it appropriate to modify or clarify the Standard. This may be done by simply recommending any such changes to the members list, and after allowing 14 calendar days for ensuing dialogue, make its recommendation to the board.



The Data Center Standards Committee will also develop and maintain tools and resources for the community such as RFIs, RFPs and Questionnaires, among others. These documents will be grounded in the principles of Open-IX and the OIX-2 Standard. The purpose of these resources will be to assist potential buyers of data center space to fully understand the multiple criteria that may influence a good procurement decision.



From time to time, the Data Center Standards Committee may consider development of additional standards or other special projects based on membership support or at the request of the board of directors. The Committee, in such cases, may perform work to pursue the objectives of the organization in ways not contemplated by this document.



The BOD will review this policy on a bi-annual basis.

Download Open-IX Association Data Center Standards Committee Policy Version 1.1 PDF


DC Committee Charter

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