Open–IX Accepting Applications for Data Center and IXP Certifications in the Northern Virginia Market

NoVA Becomes the First Market to Initiate OIX Standardization Guidelines


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CAMBRIDGE, MA, USA – December 16, 2013 – The Open-IX Association (OIX), a neutral, non-profit industry association formed to promote better standards for data center interconnection and Internet Exchanges in North America, announces the application process for OIX certification is now open in the Northern Virginia (NoVA) market.

The application process is the initial step to becoming an OIX-certified data center or Internet Exchange Point (IXP).  To initiate the process, applicants submit a deposit and processing fee along with their preferred designation as an Open IX data center or IXP.  After the application is accepted, data centers and IXPs are expected to review and comply with the OIX technical requirements by completing and submitting a detailed compliance report.  The application process is the first step required to become a technically certified OIX company and is different from basic membership in the association.  Membership is open to any company with an interest in Internet Exchange Points and data center interconnection and infrastructure interconnect engineering, or research, that wishes to participate in shaping the operations, engineering and future of interconnecting.

“The interest in OIX has been tremendous and companies are quickly seeking ways to adapt to the data center and IXP standards set forth by the association,” comments Martin Hannigan, co-founder and Treasurer of Open-IX Association.  “Industry executives and engineers alike are eager to standardize the way they operate in order to streamline the process and provide for efficiencies, resiliency and transparency across the global Internet.”

DuPont Fabros Technology has been supporting the Open-IX Association since its inception,” comments Vinay Nagpal, Director of Carrier Relations for DuPont Fabros Technology.  “We are strong proponents of open peering in North America as we believe it will benefit our customers and the Internet community at large.  We are delighted to be part of this process and look forward to an open platform to connectivity.”

“We are a great supporter of the Open-IX initiative, as the principles of openness and community involvement have been at the core of LINX for the last 20 years.  We are delighted to be the first IXP to apply for Open-IX certification,” comments John Souter, CEO of LINX.  “Our LINX NoVA exchange has been established not for commercial gain, but because our members and the community have indicated they want us to be there, in order to improve peering opportunities for networks in North America.  Improved peering ultimately brings benefits for North American businesses and citizens.  Open-IX embodies all the things that are for the good of the Internet and we would encourage network operators to co-locate in Open-IX certified data centers and to peer at Open-IX certified exchanges wherever possible.”

OIX is a non-profit and neutral body of volunteers from the Internet community with the common goal of creating standards for Internet connectivity, resiliency, interconnect, security and cost.  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 neutral data center facilities that allow participants to interact and exchange content without the usual fiscal burden of commercial providers.

To apply for OIX certification in the initial, Northern Virginia, market, email

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About OIX
The Open-IX Association (OIX) is an Internet community-derived effort to improve the landscape of Internet peering and interconnect in the United States.  OIX encourages the development of neutral and distributed Internet Exchanges in North America while promoting uniform, cost-efficient standards of performance for interconnections backed by the Internet community.  The association aims to promote common and uniform specifications for data transfer and physical connectivity and improve IX performance by developing criteria and methods of measurement to reduce the complexity that restricts interconnection in fragmented markets.  The OIX Board is comprised of volunteer representatives from the Internet community in the United States, including Paul L. Andersen; Donald S. Clark; Dan Golding; Martin Hannigan; Keith Mitchell; David Temkin; and Barry Tishgart.  More information about OIX can be found by visiting

About DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc.
DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT) is a leading owner, developer, operator and manager of enterprise-class, carrier-neutral, large multi-tenanted wholesale data centers.  The Company’s facilities are designed to offer highly specialized, efficient and safe computing environments in a low-cost operating model.  The Company’s customers outsource their mission critical applications and include national and international enterprises across numerous industries, such as technology, Internet content providers, media, communications, cloud-based, healthcare and financial services.  The Company’s ten data centers are located in four major U.S. markets, which total 2.5 million gross square feet and 218 megawatts of available critical load to power the servers and computing equipment of its customers.  DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), is headquartered in Washington, DC.  For more information, please visit


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