IXP Standards Committee

The Open-IX Association Internet Exchange Point (IXP) Standards Committee is tasked with developing and maintaining the OIX-1 technical and operational standards for IXPs. The OIX-1 standards encompass physical, operational, and open access requirements including interconnection policies, Service Level Agreements (SLAs), up-time guarantees, and more.

The goal of the standard is to capture the critical aspects necessary to support the mission-critical applications and massive scale interconnection.

A second task of the IXP Standards Committee is to evaluate IXP requests for certification against the OIX-1 standards.


Committee Members

All of Open-IX Committees are comprised of volunteer representatives from the Global Internet community, who are coming together to create a better, safer, stronger, fairer Internet.

The expected weekly time commitment for task completion is 1-2 hours per week. It is asked that volunteers for this committee commit to a one-year term.

Eric Ballard, Chair is Vice President Network and Cloud at Stream Data Centers https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericballard/ - 

Eric Ballard has been the Vice President of Network and Cloud for Stream Data Centers since 2015. He is responsible for engineering and implementing IP and optical networks

for SDC and customers as well as setting strategy and vision for the

technical design of Steam Data Centers. Prior, Mr. Ballard was a global solutions architect for Equinix, the leader in data center solutions, and the Director of Backbone Engineering for SuddenLink Communications, the 4th largest MSO in the United States. Eric maintains his Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification and holds a Bachelors in Business Administration degree from LeTourneau University.  Eric is a member and the Committee Chair for Open-IX, IXP Committee Chair and member of North American Network Operators Group (NANOG). 

Anton Kapela is CTO at EdgeMicro https://www.linkedin.com/in/anton-kapela-5315a8165/ - Anton Kapela is the Chief Technology Officer of EdgeMicro, which recently won the startup showcase at CCA’s 2017 Annual Convention. EdgeMicro is the first company that has developed a solution for Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) on a large scale, utilizing micro data centers that are deployed at the extreme edge of networks including cell towers and other facilities. Anton is widely respected as one of the world’s foremost experts in communications networks and wireless technologies. His expertise has been demonstrated through his groundbreaking work in inter-provider security and his innovations in ultra-low-latency radio communications. He designed, deployed and operated one of the largest terrestrial microwave networks ever built at Windy Apple Technologies. He served as CTO and partner at 5NINES LLC, before joining EdgeMicro where his breakthroughs in network traffic exchange at the edge is making the next wave of growth in mobile computing possible. Contact him at akapela@edgemicro.com.

Savvas Bout is CTO at ColoHouse and Netrouting https://www.linkedin.com/in/savvasbout/ - Savvas joined ColoHouse as Chief Technology Officer post the acquisition of Netrouting and Data Facilities in 2018. Savvas has been in the telecom and technology industry for over 10 years. He founded Netrouting in 2007 and has been able to expand his services and his portfolio to several companies. Savvas is responsible for product development and technology at ColoHouse as well as providing a consultative approach for all customers and prospects to optimize their IT infrastructure.

Chad Rodriguez is Biz Dev at Consolidated Communications. https://www.linkedin.com/in/chad-rodriguez-27727446/ -

Chad Rodriguez has 15+ years in the technical industry haven proven & demonstrated a unique skill set holding leadership positions in both the Service Provider & Vendor space. Chad was a critical part of Cyan’s “Blue Planet” LATAM success (pre-IPO); a pioneer vendor of Open Standards based architectures. His current Business Development roles include but are not limited to M&A, Peering, Cloud, Wireless, Data Center, & Edge Computing.

Charles Gucker is Executive Director / Head of North American Operations at DE-CIX North America.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/cgucker/ -  Charles oversees the Operations for the North American markets, more specifically New York and Dallas whereby DE-CIX operates neutral, multi-facility, multi-data center exchange services. DE-CIX is the world's leading Internet Exchange operator, with a world record holding 6.4+ Terabits/s worth of traffic in Frankfurt Germany.  Charles is a highly respected network architect, forward thinking engineer with a renowned sense of business operations. Charles is also the Executive Director for Open Access, a 501(c)3 public charity aimed at facilitating the construction and management of critical infrastructure in a cooperative and financially responsible manner for the long term viability of all telecommunications infrastructure.

IXP Standards Committee Policy


The purpose of the Open-IX IXP Standards Committee is to engage in the process of maintaining the OIX-1 certification to support transparent, resilient, and sustainable operations of IXPs so that the global internet community benefits from a stable and scalable foundation from which to operate.



The IXP Standards Committee is to be primarily engaged in the review of applications for technical compliance with the OIX-1 Standard*. *The Committee will meet bi-weekly to discuss applications and conduct its other business. If questions arise during application reviews, the chair, or a delegated member of the committee will communicate directly with the applicant to clarify or provide greater detail. If required, the Committee may request the applicant to amend its application. Upon the committee’s approval of the application, the chair will distribute the application to the members list for open and public comment. After 7 calendar days, if no public comments result in delaying board review, the application will be recommended to the board for approval.



The IXP Standards Committee will be responsible for reviewing the OIX-1 Standard on an annual basis. The focus of any recommended changes to the Standard will be on maintaining relevance in the wake of new technologies and evolving best practices*.* After the annual review, the Committee will propose any recommended changes to the members. After allowing 14 calendar days for ensuing dialogue and potential further modification, the committee will present its recommended changes to the board for final approval. Additionally, from time to time, in the practical application of the standard, the Committee may deem it appropriate to modify or clarify the Standard. This may be done by simply recommending any such changes to the members list, and after allowing 14 calendar days for ensuing dialogue, make its recommendation to the board.



The IXP Standards Committee will also develop and maintain tools and resources for the community such as RFIs, RFPs and Questionnaires, among others. These documents will be grounded in the principles of Open-IX and the OIX-1 Standard. The purpose of these resources will be to assist potential buyers of interconnection to fully understand the multiple criteria that may influence a good procurement decision.



From time to time, the IXP Standards Committee may consider development of additional standards or other special projects based on membership support or at the request of the board of directors. The Committee, in such cases, may perform work to pursue the objectives of the organization in ways not contemplated by this document.



The BOD will review this policy on a bi-annual basis.