Internet Peering Platform Open-IX Appoints Robert DeVita as Its New Executive Director

 

Non-profit industry association, Open-IX, an Internet community effort to improve the landscape of Internet peering and massive-scale interconnection, has appointed Robert DeVita as its new Executive Director. Mr. DeVita would bring nearly twenty years of experience in the data center, connectivity, security and cloud services space along with deep relationships to Open-IX.

Organized and operated by volunteers, the Open-IX Association would be dedicated to increasing the reliability, resiliency and competitiveness of massive-scale interconnection for all.

Robert DeVita brings nearly twenty years of experience in the data center, connectivity, security and cloud services space along with deep relationships to Open-IX. In his role at Open-IX, Mr. DeVita will be responsible for executing, implementing and overseeing the vision for the Open-IX Association as directed by the Board of Directors, a body of seven industry leaders, all of whom participate as volunteers. Key initiatives DeVita will focus on include the launch of new standards for Edge / Micro data centers and Cloud Connectivity.

“With evolving business models such as edge and micro data centers influencing the way companies build-out, deliver and connect to networks, content and cloud service providers, it’s important industry insiders and volunteers provide experience-based insights about challenges they face – so that a reliable set of operational and technical standards can be drafted, contributed to and ultimately adopted,” said Eli Scher, Chairman of the Open-IX Association. “Rob has been an active volunteer of the association for many years. Together with his breadth of industry knowledge, experience and connections we are excited to herald in a new era under his leadership.”

Data Center Standards

Open-IX is committed to enhancing existing standards, OIX-1 and OIX-2, for Internet exchange and data center technical standards, as well as identifying and drafting new standards for edge / micro data centers, cloud service providers and to improve accessibility to community based exchanges as well as global data center operators.

“The industry has hit an inflection point giving Open-IX an opportunity to make a big impact on the way consumers choose data centers and internet exchanges,” said Robert DeVita, Executive Director, Open-IX Association. “With cloud solutions becoming more prevalent and important, there is a great opportunity to help shape the way companies provide and enable interconnection solutions. Because of the accessibility and openness to input from the greater community, Open-IX is in an optimal position to solidify best practices, guidelines and standards to help customers make better decisions.”