Open-IXPeering, or the exchange of Internet traffic between Internet Service Providers (ISPs) interconnected at various Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), can enable  fast and cost-effective transfer of information.  However, as the Internet and its volume of data grows, so do connectivity, resiliency and security inconsistencies surrounding public peering.

One organization looking to improve the landscape of Internet peering and interconnect in the US through revolutionizing standards for data center interconnection and Internet Exchanges is Open-IX Association (OIX).  The neutral, non-profit industry association was formed to unite a fragmented industry and change the way networks connect with one another in North America.  By utilizing member-governed Internet exchange points, housed in multiple neutral data center facilities, participating OIX organizations can interact and exchange content without the usual fiscal burden of commercial providers.

Open-IX recently announced that its Co-founder and Treasurer, Martin Hannigan, and Co-founder and Chairman of the Board, Dave Temkin, will be in attendance at the ninth annual Global Peering Forum 9.0, taking place April 7-10, 2014 at the Westin Resort and Spa in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada April 7-10, 2014.  Mr. Hannigan has also been asked to participate in an educational session, where he will outline the association’s critical milestones, new Certification Directory, as well as its benefits to the peering community on Tuesday, April 8, from 12:10- 12:30 PM.

Recent OIX developments include the certification of 13 data centers and two Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) since the organization’s inception in September 2013.  The association also recently launched its new online Certification Directory available on the Open-IX website.  There, visitors can learn about data centers and IXPs that currently have OIX certification, as well as those whose certifications are still pending.  The directory also provides links to access information related to competitive interconnect pricing on a market-to-market basis.

The annual Global Peering Forum provides a neutral platform for the facilitation of new peering relationships and interconnects among networks, content, cloud, digital media organizations and related entities.   The peering community will also have a chance to learn about the latest technical advancements, peering policies and peering economic models through a variety of moderator-led sessions, panels and presentations.  In addition to Open-IX, companies confirmed to attend Global Peering Forum 9.0 include AMS-IX, Brocade, CoreSite, CyrusOne, DE-CIX, Equinix, JPNAP, LINX, Telx and Verizon Terremark.

To request a meeting with the Open-IX team at the Global Peering Forum, email

For more information about the Open-IX Association, visit  To apply for OIX certification, email