Open-IX Now Accepting Applications for U.S. Data Center and IXP Certifications

The Open-IX Association (OIX), a neutral, non-profit industry association formed in September 2013, is now accepting applications for all data center and IX locations across North America. This declaration comes on the heels of its recent announcement declaring the opening of the application process for OIX certification in Northern Virginia (NoVA).

data-centers-peeringIn order to become an OIX certified data center or Internet Exchange Point (IXP), companies must first initiate the process by submitting an application that includes a deposit and processing fee. The OIX executive board reviews each application and once accepted, data centers and IXPs are required to complete a compliance report to adhere to the OIX technical requirements.

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OIX is seeking to help unify a highly fragmented industry and change the way networks connect with one another in North America by creating a new network of member-governed Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) housed in multiple carrier-neutral data center facilities. OIX standards are already being adopted by LINX, AMS-IX, Digital Realty, DuPont Fabros, Raging Wire, and many other data center and IX providers.

Martin Hannigan, co-founder and Treasurer of Open-IX Association, is also Lead Architect, Networks and Data Center at Akamai Technologies.

“After opening up the application process for the NoVA market, demand for other regions and interest in achieving OIX certification has been tremendous,” commented Martin Hannigan, co-founder and Treasurer of Open-IX Association. “In addition to applying for OIX certification, industry members who are interested in Internet Exchange Points and data center interconnection and infrastructure, interconnect engineering, or research can also join the OIX as members. Membership is $50 per year and provides the opportunity to have input on shaping the operations, engineering and future of interconnecting networks.”

“We are excited to see the official launch of the Open-IX initiative come to fruition,” added John Sarkis, Vice President of Carrier and Connectivity Operations for Digital Realty. “This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of many members of the Internet community and solidifies a revolutionary change for the industry.”