Create A Resilient & Efficient Global Internet Infrastructure.
We are a nonprofit member-based organization, encouraging the proliferation of interconnection through education and the development, implementation and certification of transparent technical and operating standards, in order to create more resilient and efficient global internet infrastructure.
Leading the Way
OIX has developed industry-leading, ANSI accredited engineering and operating standards, and best practices for internet exchange providers, data center providers, and edge data center providers. Our standards and certifications are available to all organizations around the world that wish to adopt these best practices.
For Internet Exchange Providers
OIX certification encourages them to penetrate new markets or geographies and expand partnerships amongst multiple data centers.
For Data Center Providers
OIX certification allows traditional and edge data centers to attract a new ecosystem centered around interconnection, offering access to interconnection on a fair and reasonable basis.
OIX certification empowers them to provide interconnectivity between IXP locations to the IXP, data center, and end customer.
For Cloud Service Providers
OIX certified entities can benefit them by offering a platform for easy distribution of services and a more direct connection for customers.
In addition to maintaining these standards, OIX provides actionable information and intelligence about the interconnection landscape. For example, the Interconnection Navigator, which allows users to research and visualize interconnection and IXP data from PeeringDB. OIX offers these services free of charge.
OIX is a self-regulated Internet community effort that aims to improve the landscape of internet peering and interconnection globally, promoting uniform, cost-efficient standards of performance for interconnections backed by the internet community.
Accredited Standards Developer
We are proud to be accredited by ANSI as an Accredited Standards Developer.
Board of Directors
Our esteemed Board of Directors come to us from all areas of the interconnection industry. Take a moment to get to know them as they are invaluable to defining the direction of the organization.
Eli ScherView Bio
Eli D. Scher was most recently the founder and CEO of two greater Chicago digital infrastructure assets: New Continuum Data Centers and United Internet Exchange before selling those businesses to SBA Communications in July 2019. In that role he re-developed a high-performance data center, constructed a fiber network and internet exchange fabric and grew critical load to over 1MW. Scher continues to consult SBA Communications while actively seeking new digital infrastructure investments.
Prior to New Continuum, he worked as an analyst at prominent New York hedge funds where he analyzed corporate securities. Previously, Mr. Scher co-founded and served as CEO of GSME Capital Partners, a private, early stage investment partnership, and GSME Acquisition Partners I, a publicly traded acquisition vehicle.
Additionally, he was Chief Financial Officer and director of MCG Group a Shanghai-based LED-advertising company, and was the co-founder, President and CFO of Fundamental Films. He currently serves as on the board of directors of HMMI, a specialized manufacturer of extremely large and complex steel components.
Eli serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Open-IX Association and previously served as the Chairman of the Data Center Committee.
Mr. Scher received his AB from Princeton University.
Chris GrundemannView Bio
Chris Grundemann is a passionate, creative technologist and a strong believer in technology’s power to aid in the betterment of humankind. In his current role as Managing Director at Grundemann Technology Solutions he is expressing that passion by helping technology businesses grow as well as by helping any business grow with technology.
Chris has been using technology, marketing, and strategy to build businesses and non-profit organizations for two decades. He holds 8 patents in network technology and is the author of two books, an IETF RFC, a personal weblog, and a multitude of industry papers, articles, and posts.
Chris is the lead research analyst for all networking and security topics at GigaOm and is the creator and co-host of The Imposter Syndrome Network Podcast. He is also a co-founder and Chair Emeritus of IX-Denver and Chair of the Open-IX Marketing committee. Chris has given presentations in 34 countries on 5 continents and is often sought out to speak at conferences, NOGs, and NOFs the world over.
Brad RaymoView Bio
Brad Raymo is a veteran interconnection specialist and currently is the Vice President of Network Strategy at StackPath. He has served on other community organizations, including NANOG and PeeringDB. In 2020 during the pandemic, he completed his bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and is exploring returning for his MBA. Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/braymo
Phillip KoblenceView Bio
Phillip Koblence is a strategic executive and thought leader in the data center and network space. He co-founded NYI (www.nyi.net) in 1996 and has successfully navigated through an ever-shifting infrastructure landscape, growing the company from a single data center in Lower Manhattan to a robust network with executional capabilities in key national and international markets. His leadership, focus on customer experience, and ability to cut through complexity and hype, has positioned NYI as an industry leader in high-touch infrastructure solutions. Phillip is the Chair of the IX Committee of the Open-IX Association and sits on the DE-CIX North America Customer Advisory Board. Phillip is also Co-Founder of the Nomad Futurist Foundation and Podcast, designed to demystify the world of critical infrastructure and inspire younger generations to join the industry. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been profiled by Data Center Knowledge, TheWHIR, MSPMentor, and NJ BIZ. He has an engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Alex LatzkoView Bio
Alex Latzko is highly experienced in networking coming out of a career in academic networking and is now the Principal Network Architect at DEFT.COM. Participating in various corners of the business, he has recently been on the NANOG Program Committee, and has been a past board member of NYNog and other non-profit organizations.
In spare time he's an IPv6 evangelist who has presented at numerous industry fora and works on running the technology side of science fiction conventions and folk festivals. He lives in NH with his wife, children and the faithful family hound.
Ilissa MillerView Bio
Founder and CEO of iMiller Public Relations, Host of NEDAS Live!
With over 25 years of experience in the digital infrastructure sector, Ilissa Miller is a sought after advisor offering cutting-edge strategies to companies including Data Center Operators, Internet Exchanges, Interconnection Platform Enablers, Edge Computing, Global Networking including metro, regional, national, and subsea networks and more. Through effective communication strategies including positioning statements and thought-leadership initiatives, Ilissa’s expertise helps companies communicate innovative solutions, develop and shape partnerships, and accelerate growth. As host of NEDAS Live!, a podcast exploring the convergence of wireline and wireless networks, Ilissa interviews industry executives about the constantly changing digital infrastructure landscape.
Mona WeisbergView Bio
Mona is currently active as a Consultant in the Digital Infrastructure business; her most recent past includes her role as the VP, Real Estate Sales and Marketing for Digital Crossroads at Lake Michigan, a mission critical Data Center Development in the NW corner of Indiana, servicing Chicagoland. She was also a Director at Colliers International, a global Commercial Real Estate firm, where she worked for the Management team of 60 Hudson in New York and most specifically supported the largest Tenant, DataGryd Data Centers. Mona Weisberg launched her Real Estate career in the late 1980’s and partnered to launch the Philadelphia tri-state area’s first and most successful on-going Retail Tenant Representation firm, Solomon Associates (now part of CBRE). Ms. Weisberg moved to Manhattan and became Director of Real Estate for Eureka Broadband Corporation, where she originated and maintained relationships with national and regional commercial real estate owners representing over 100 landlords, 200 million square feet/3000 commercial office buildings in five markets including New York, PA, Miami, TX and SoCal responsible for managing in-building services division for this leading provider of integrated communication services. Later, as Director of Real Estate for RCN Business Services, a tier one fiber provider, she was responsible for gaining the “access rights” for advanced and dedicated data, voice and video services. Ms. Weisberg graduated from Drew University and has been an active member of both ICSC and REBNY; she has been an active member for Open-IX, as a volunteer on the Marketing Committee, the board liaison/chairperson of the Marketing Committee and currently sits on the Board; she also sits on the Board of JSA and Associates.
Shawna BongView Bio
Shawna Bong is currently CEO of 20C, a software development company specializing in automation software. She is new to the computer networking field and became part of the industry a few years ago when she began working with United IX, an internet exchange in Chicago IL.
The OIX Committees are 100% comprised of volunteers. These committees are our bridge to the community and the life force of the organization.
Internet Exchange Point Standards (IXP) Committee
Develops and maintains the OIX-1 technical and operational standards for IXPs.
Data Center & Edge Standards (DC-Edge) Committee
Develops and maintains the OIX-2 technical and operational standards for Data Centers and maintains the OIX-3 technical and operational standards for Edge Data Centers.
Best Current Operational Practices (BCOP) Committee
Develops and maintains community-regulated BCOP documents.
Tasked with the creation and maintience of our OIX "tools" such as the Interconnection Navigator.
OIX is a 501(c)(6) non-profit industry association and Accredited Standards Developer (ASD) of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Please see our relevant documentation here:
Ever year OIX reviews and revises the organization's Strategic Plan, see the most recent version here.
The agenda of our Annual General Meeting is available here.
The audio recording of our Annual General Meeting is available here.
Action of Sole Incorporator
Documentation of sole incorporation by written consent.
Antitrust Compliance Policy
List of antitrust rules and regulations followed by the organization.
The OIX bylaws with the most recent amendments.
The financial rules of OIX that are to be followed by the treasurer and members.
Historical Framework Reference
The problems that OIX sought to solve with it's formation.
IRS 501(C) Letter
Written recognition of OIX's 501(C)(6) status.
IRS 501(C) Filing
Official filing for OIX's tax exempt status.
National Cooperative Research and Production Act documentation.
Official trademark declaration.
Official trademark acceptance and registration documentation.