Version 2.0, January 1, 2018
The purpose of the Open-IX Data Center Technical Standards document is to establish a recommended standard for Data Centers to support an IXP (as defined by the Open-IX IXP Technical Standards). The standard also provides guidance for acceptable exceptions for pre-existing facilities.
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It is anticipated that the applicants for approval under this standard will include Building Owners, Meet Me Room Operators, and Data Center Providers. The party applying must have the right to bring any new network provider into the facility and must be willing to do so on a non-discriminatory basis. An Open-IX approved Data Center must also provide non-discriminatory access to any Open-IX approved IXP for a minimum of 12 months after approval subject to available space, power, and cooling.
Base Building - Shall designate the fee simple ownership and/or control of the underlying real estate. This entity ultimately controls the right of network entry, but may grant broad and open rights of access to the MMR Operator or Data Center Provider as defined below.
MMR Operator - The entity that controls and operates one or multiple designated Meet Me Rooms (MMRs) in the building. The MMR operator provides the infrastructure and management to support inter-connection of network providers with each other and cross-connection either from network provider to building tenant or amongst building tenants. The MMR may include a variety of media types, including but not limited to: single and multi-mode fiber as well as Cat 5 copper or similar legacy infrastructure.
Data Center Provider - The entity providing space, power, cooling, security, and related services to customers, including the IXP.
IXP - Internet Exchange Provider is the entity operating the Internet Exchange subject to the IXP requirements published under a separate standard.
Facilities-based Network Provider - The entity that controls and maintains a physical fiber path into a building. Multiple providers may lease or share this fiber.