Upcoming Meetings and Events

The next Ohio IX Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 14th, 2021, at 9:30am. The location will be via a Zoom video call. Details will be sent to the Board of Directors. Any member who would like to attend should contact us for call in details.

 

November 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

November 12, 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees:  Nancy Tiemeier, Marijan Adam, Luke Skidmore,  Doug Payauys, Greg Dunn, Adam Kujawski, Jason Gintert, Kim Gerhart, Todd Jackson, Rob Shema, Brent Beatty, Chris Cameron, Phil Maag, Brian Riley

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved

Governance – Greg talked to Denis Walsh regarding joining the IX. It was suggested that the Technical committee and the content sourcing committee get together to put a case together.

Treasurer’s Report

Associate & Senior Member Applications – No new applications

Content Sourcing –

  • Amazon connected but no traffic yet. Can request to peer with them and can do that through the IXP manager.
  • Discussed sending information to members to let them know and sending a link to information on the IXP Manager.

Marketing Committee

  • Todd Jackson joined the committee
  • ONUG meeting is December 10th featuring Cologix. We will send something out to members
  • Jason G put together a blog post for companies.
  • Nancy talked to OTA President Charles Moses to partner on marketing the two groups. She invited him to join a board meeting to learn more about it.  She will follow up with him.

Tech Committee

  • Proposed using Arista equipment (they provide a program where they provide equipment to
  • IX’s ).  Jason put together some information which will be attached to these minutes. Advantages include more ports, more mature platform and more redundancy.  Provides 40 and 100G    We will have much deeper buffers and less packet drops.  Would help to automate everything in the IXP Manager.  The support contract would be $8900 a year with the first payment 14 months from now.  The budget would come from member fees.  We would also have $1100 support for Juniper.  We currently have 21 senior members and 12 Associate members so have the funds to cover the cost.  Brent feels this is the direction we need to go to grow.  There was a motion to go forward with Arista proposal.  The motion was seconded and passed.  They would like to do a press release as well.
  • They set up the route collector.
  • They talked to Starry and GTT
  • Amplex provided a /24 to the IX so we can host more servers, get more traffic and a new transit network. If anyone is interested in using this, let them know.

 CTO

  • Traffic is steady around 9 Gbps
  • H5 is looking to set up a remote switch
  • Involta wants a second IP – checking to see if can be done on one port.

Old / New Business

  • Peering – We want to protect the IX from accepting members that may harm the IX. Discussed looking at by-laws to see if we can control who joins.  Per Greg Dunn, we don’t need to change the by-laws at this time.
  • H5 is working on connecting. There are some companies showing interest connecting through them.
  • Past due membership
  • No holiday party due to covid. We discussed sending some type of package out to members.  The marketing committee will discuss.

We will have the next meeting on Thursday, December 10th at 9:30.  Conference Bridge will be sent.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

October 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

October 8, 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees:  Nancy Tiemeier, Marijan Adam, Luke Skidmore,  Doug Payauys, Greg Dunn, Adam Kujawski, Jason Gintert, Kim Gerhart, Todd Jackson, Rob Shema, Brent Beatty, Chris Cameron, Phil Maag,

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved

Governance – N/A

Treasurer’s Report

Associate & Senior Member Applications – Starry Inc applied for Senior Membership.  They are a WISP that is coming to Columbus.  They were voted on and approved.

Content Sourcing –

  • We sent our LOA to Amazon
  • We are on the wait list for Google to provide cache

Marketing Committee – The Committee met last week

  • Discussed joining groups such as OTA or ORBA. ORBA is $500, Phil will send us some information.  We approved joining these groups.
  • Discussed how to pay for things we have approved to do. Have about $2000 budget
  • ONUG – can present at one of their virtual meetings. Jason Gintert talked to them about allowing us to talk at the next meeting on November 12th.  Marijan, Adam and Jason will present.
  • They would like to publish information on our website such as blogs, case studies, etc. Kim currently has access and will provide access to Chris to add this content.
  • Discussed doing a member spotlight that discusses member accomplishments instead of just information about the member
  • Would like to purchase event materials like a new banner that we can display at events. Accent and Bresco is having an event and would let us advertise at no charge.

 CTO

  • IXP manager has been moved on site. It has been integrated with S Flow from the switches
  • Have done back-ups for VM’s
  • Had issues with the switches acting as hubs, updated the firmware and rebooted
  • Arista is involved in IX provided hardware at no charge. We submitted a request.  This would provide routing options to host cache.  We may do our own routing
  • The HE router has a small issue but it is now fixed
  • Vision CTS is now peering
  • Next month – working on Looking Glass and Internal DNS

 Old / New Business

  • Tabled CTO discussion revisited – We discussed the CTO position (Marijan was not at the last meeting so tabled to this meeting). Initial discussions were Marijan and Adam were both interested in this position.  Adam withdrew his name from the table and Marijan was voted in to continue doing the CTO role.  Adam will be the back-up for the CTO if needed and will also chair the technical committee.
  • Past due memberships
  • Discussed allowing Associate members to speak at our board meetings to give them more exposure and provide a value to their membership. We also said senior members could do this as well.   Also discussed virtual happy hours to allow members to connect other than the annual meeting.  These items will be discussed at the new marketing committee meeting.

We will have the next meeting on Thursday, November12th at 9:30.  Conference Bridge will be sent.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

September 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees:  Nancy Tiemeier, Marijan Adam, Luke Skidmore, Brian Riley, Doug Payauys, Greg Dunn, Adam Kujawski, Jason Gintert, Kim Gerhart, Todd Jackson, Rob Shema,

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved

Governance – N/A

Treasurer’s Report

Associate & Senior Member Applications

Content Sourcing –

  • Amazon is waiting to assign ports and order the cross connects

Marketing Committee

 CTO

  • Marijan thanked Jason Gintert for his help in managing the infrastructure
  • Adam is working with Chad at Vision. They are getting a new card and then will connect
  • They installed 10G hardware in server so now can monitor
  • Bresco was moved to the new switch
  • They are working on management infrastructure
  • Everstream is now up
  • ValTech’s connection has shut down their connection yesterday, we are checking to see if something is wrong
  • Traffic is steady at around 6Gig
  • Todd has a couple people interested in helping with the technical committee. James has already attended one of the Thursday calls.

 Old / New Business

  • Annual meeting review and discussion – We felt it went well. Guessing we will need to do virtual again next year.  Welcomed Rob to the board.  He is interested in helping the marketing committee.
  • The election of the CTO position was tabled from last meeting since Marijan wasn’t there. We discussed the position requirements.  Adam was also nominated.  We moved to vote on CTO between Marijan and Adam next month.
  • Past due memberships

We will have the next meeting on Thursday, October 8th at 9:30.  Conference Bridge will be sent

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

August 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

August 62020 (After the Annual Meeting)

Attendees: Doug Payauys, Luke Skidmore, Nancy Tiemeier, Phil Maag,  Brian Riley, Brent Beatty, Kim Gerhart, Robert Shema, Adam Kujawski, Todd Jackson

Election of Officers – Doug and Brent were temporarily holding the Chairman and Vice Chairman position respectively.

The following members were elected/re-elected as officers of the Ohio IX for the next year

  • Doug Payauys – Chairman
  • Brent Beatty – Vice Chairman
  • Kim Gerhart – Treasurer
  • Nancy Tiemeier – Secretary
  • CTO – tabling to September board meeting since Marijan was unable to attend.

The next meeting will be September 10th at 9:30 via video call

Meeting Adjourned

Respectfully Submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

Ohio IX 2020 Annual Meeting

August 6, 2020 – Virtual meeting

The meeting was called to order by Doug Payauys

Recording of the members completed:

  • Consolidated Cooperative – Doug Payauys
  • Horizon – Brian Riley
  • OneIT – Kim Gerhart
  • Independent Fiber Networks – Randall Plaisure
  • Bresco Broadband – Brent Beatty
  • MetaLINK Technologies, Inc – Phillip Maag
  • NetGain Information Systems – Luke Skidmore
  • RackSquared – Joshua Grabill
  • Involta – Aaron Slotness
  • Amplex – Adam Kujawski
  • Cologix – Nancy Tiemeier
  • City of Fairlawn dba Fairlawn Gig – Ernie Staten
  • Skymesh Inc – Trent Boone
  • WeConnect (City of Westerville) – Todd Jackson
  • H5 Data Centers LLC – David Dunn
  • Kenneth G Myers Construction – Phil Maag (proxy for Todd Myers)
  • Accent Communications – Chris Cameron (left at 10:20)
  • Washington Electric – Allen Casto
  • Setson LLC – Seth Jackson
  • Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission – Mark Crosten
  • ValTech Communications – Adam Gerardi
  • WAN Dynamics – Jason Gintert
  • EnfoPoint Solutions – Mark Robinson
  • Vision CTS – Chad Brownfield
  • Rowe Internet – Joshua Rowe

Additional Attendees

  • Waddell and Associates – Jeff Waddell
  • Bresco – Mike Plank
  • IFN – Suzanne Schmitz
  • Independent Fiber Networks / Com Net– Robert Shema
  • NK Telco – Mark Spring
  • Consolidated Cooperative – Amber Morelan

 

Approval of Agenda – completed

Approval of prior annual meeting minutes – completed

Acknowledgements – Doug provided background of the IX and acknowledged work of the board and committees over the past year.  Doug also expressed our appreciation to Tim Berelsman who was one of the founders of the group and was our past Chairman of the organization.

Vision of the Ohio IX – To be a premier Internet Exchange for services and content in the United States

Value – Low latency connectivity and access to internet content and resources locally

Benefits of the IX

  • Lower Latency
  • Members working together
  • Shorter internet paths
  • More Secure, less hops
  • More Reliability
  • Less Expensive
  • Deliver services between members
  • Traffic stays local instead of Chicago or Ashburn

OarNet is a member and can call to set up peering.  Connections can also be set up with gtt.

Pricing Model – We have made changes to the membership fees and port availability

Senior Membership

  • was $3,150 initially and dependent after
  • now $1,000 annually

Associate Membership

  • was $500 periodically
  • now $500 annually

Port Options

  • Additional 1G or 10G port – $500/annually
  • 40G or 100G port – $2,500 annually, additional is $1,500 annually

Member Growth and Spotlight – Brent listed new members since last year and discussed remote switch.  Provided spotlight on some new members.  Here are the members that have joined since the last annual meeting:

Senior Members

  • City of Hilliard
  • WeConnect (City of Westerville)
  • Skymesh Inc
  • City of Fairlawn (dba Fairlawn Gig)
  • H5 Data Center
  • Vision Concept Technology
  • Rowe Networks

Associate Members

  • ValTech Communications
  • Setson LLC
  • WAN Dynamics
  • EnfoPoint Solutions

 Financial Report

Technical Report

  • Transition of the management from OARnet to the Ohio Technical Team
  • Deployment of HP servers and virtual environment
  • Added Juniper EX4550 for redundancy
  • 40G/100G switch deployed to increase capacity
  • Improved Cable Management
  • Integration of IXP Manager and PeeringDB
  • Six fold increase in traffic since April 2019 annual meeting – 800 Mbps to over 5Gbbps daily. Exceeded 10Gbps at the onset of COVID-19
  • Purchased additional IP space (new ASN) from ARIN. Can route DNS servers and host cache servers.  We can host more content in 2020.

Member comments and questions – We all really need to spread the word on the Ohio IX when talking with customers, contacts etc.  A few questions were asked from the members

Elections: Board of Directors

  • Senior Member Director 1 (available / vacated by Tim Berelsman) from the 2022 rotation. Brent nominated Todd Jackson from WeConnect.  This was seconded and approved.
  • Senior Member Director 6 (available/vacated by Jason Pontious). After voting to put Robert Shema as acting member instead of Randy Plaisier from Independent Fiber Network, Rob was nominated for this position.  This was a seconded and approved.
  • Senior Member Director 4 (currently held by Brent Beatty)
  • Senior Member Director 5 (currently held by Nancy Tiemeier)
  • Senior Member Director 7 (currently held by Luke Skidmore)

The above 3 were nominated, seconded and approved to remain in their positions with the same recommendation.

Old/New Business – no old or new business

Adjournment of the annual meeting by Doug Payauys

 

July 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

July 9, 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees:  Nancy Tiemeier, Brent Beatty, Marijan Adam,  Chris Cameron, Luke Skidmore, Brian Riley, Doug Payauys, Greg Dunn, Adam Kujawski, Jason Gintert

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved

Governance – N/A

Treasurer’s Report

Associate & Senior Member Applications – Associate application enfoPoint Solutions.  Discussed and approved.  We were not able to validate Hawaii Pacific Teleport so that is still pending approval.  No senior membership applications.

 

Content Sourcing 

  • Google is on hold for adding new servers right now. Brent has a call with 123 net on ideas for growing the IX.  He is still working with the City of Columbus.  Nancy is working with Starry, Inc who is interested in the IX.

 

Marketing Committee 

  • Committee met and suggested targeted marketing through LinkedIn. Can tailor paid ads to the people and groups we want.  We decide how much we want to pay a day and that determines how many times things are sent out.  Chris has done this with Accent and has experience in what works best.   Looking to spend $30 to $50 a day for a couple weeks.  We can start and stop when we want.  We have about $5000 set aside for marketing in the budget and will use some of this money to do some ads.  The committee will put together some information decide who to target.
  • We would like to add some other people to the committee that aren’t already board members. If anyone has suggestions let us know.  Jason Gintert has offered to join the committee.

 

CTO

  • We received the /24 from ARIN and now can decide how we will utilize it. We plan to get our ASN and IPv6 space as well.
  • The support for our Juniper switches are expiring, we are working on getting that renewed.
  • We still haven’t heard back from Vision CTS. We will continue to reach out, Doug suggested trying early in the morning.  Nancy can reach help reach out if needed.
  • Traffic is consistent above 5G. There is still a drop in traffic from IFN
  • Everstream still not showing any traffic. Jason will reach out to Chuck

 

Old / New Business

We discussed and confirmed additional port charges for connecting to the IX.  The following were discussed and approved:

  • 1 / 10G port – The first port is $1000 a  year and additional ports are $500.
  • 40G port / 100G port- $2500 a year and additional ports are $1500

 

The annual meeting will be August 6th at 9:30.  It will be a virtual meeting.  Doug will send out the invite.  Tentative agenda items for the meeting

  • Will discuss numbers from last year
  • Discuss pricing change for membership
  • Acknowledge Tim’s help with the IX
  • Marijan will discuss traffic growth and infrastructure
  • Kim will provide a Treasurer report
  • Brent will provide peering benefits and do member spotlight
  • Vision of next 1 to 2 years
  • Nancy will introduce the board members and also discuss who’s term is up for vote

After the annual meeting, the board will stay on the call and have our meeting as well as vote for President and Vice President.

We will have a meeting on Monday, July 20th to discuss the vision statement.

Nancy brought up advertising Ohio IX in the Cologix portal.  They are allowing connectivity to anyone in the DC and customers will be able to see that they are there.  There is no cost to advertise we are there and we can decide if we want to allow virtual connections in the future.  Nancy will send the information that is needed to be listed.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

June 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

June 4, 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees:  Nancy Tiemeier, Brent Beatty, Marijan Adam,  Chris Cameron, Luke Skidmore, Kim Gerhart, Brian Riley, Doug Payauys, Phil Maag, Greg Dunn, Adam Kujawski

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved with correction of attendees.  Adam had been listed as attending but he wasn’t able to attend.

Governance – Greg provided an update on the House Bill that will establish programs for broadband programs and help build networks may pass this year.  He still needs to get ahold of Pankaj at OARnet to discuss peering with the IX.

Treasurer’s Report

Associate & Senior Member Applications – Associate application for Hawaii Pacific Transport.  No one on the board has spoken to them before or were familiar with them, Brent is going to reach out and talk to them.  After discussion we have approved them as an associate member pending Brent’s conversation with them.

 

Content Sourcing

  • Cogent is rethinking their position on joining the IX. They had pulled away from IX’s but may consider the Ohio IX due to traffic in this area.

 

Marketing Committee

  • The committee did not meet in May but will meet in June. Some content has been shared on LinkedIN through member spotlights.
  • Marijan set up the ixinfo@ohioix.net email so we can use it for sending information out and tracking success.
  • Doug reached out to Tim since his LinkedIn was still showing Chairman of the IX. His account is now updated.
  • Doug brought up that we may want to start talking to vendors about becoming Associate Members and Phil brought up associations such as ORBA. We will discuss this further in the next committee meeting.

CTO

  • Vision CTS is connected but they need to provide peering information. We saw traffic but wasn’t identified so have moved it off until we get the information from Chad.
  • IPv4 request has been approved and we are on the waiting list. We are 180th on the list.
  • The maintenance was completed last Friday. The 100 G switch is installed with the cable management.
  • Our traffic is about the same. We have not gotten ahold of IFN to see why the traffic to Cloudflare has dropped so much.  Still working on contacting them.
  • Everstream was set up but had a peering issue so is back down. They should resume sending traffic this month.

  

Old / New Business

We discussed the annual meeting.  Since we still can’t meet in a group, we may have to do in online.  We discussed some ideas to send something out to the members to help them feel connected.  August was suggested to have the virtual meeting.  Doug, Brent, Nancy and Kim will meet to discuss further.

Next meeting will be July 9, 2020.  This will be a remote meeting and Conference Bridge will be sent out.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

May 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees: Nancy Tiemeier, Brent Beatty, Marijan Adam, Adam Kujawski, Chris Cameron, Luke Skidmore, Kim Gerhart, Brian Riley, Doug Payauys, Phil Maag, Greg Dunn

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved

Governance – no updates

Treasurer’s Report

Associate & Senior Member Applications – no new applications at this time

Content Sourcing –

  • Brent is still working on same prospects, he also reached out to FaceBook.

Marketing Committee –

  • Nancy and Brent talked to Waddell Solutions. They are still working on transport from Cincinnati to Columbus to become a remote switch operator
  • Chris, Brent and Nancy met to discuss new ideas.   We are going to do a member spotlight on LinkedIn to try and help to get the word out. We started this a few weeks ago and will to Senior members on Tuesdays and Associate Members on Thursdays. It would be helpful if members went to the profile to like and share. Also share any posts that you see on the IX.
  • We discussed doing spotlight videos. Brent is checking with someone that could do it. Once know more on cost, will bring back to the board for discussion.
  • We want to set up a new email account so we can track results of Marketing efforts. We would like to ixinfo@ohioix.net. Marijan is going to help set it up.

CTO

  • We are turning up Vision CTS
  • IPv4 request has been sent to ARIN, we are waiting on approval.
  • The maintenance that was scheduled for Friday on our equipment is being rescheduled.
  • Our traffic has dropped, IFN is getting traffic from Fastly and Cloudflare. It is a reduction of 3 -4 Gig since April. We are going to reach out to them to see if they have done maintenance or something that affected the traffic.
  • We haven’t had luck getting in touch with Everstream on their traffic. We need to include Chuck Girt on correspondence as well.

 Old / New Business

No new or old business discussed

Next meeting will be June 4, 2020. This will be a remote meeting and conference bridge will be sent out.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

April 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

April 9, 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees: Nancy Tiemeier, Brent Beatty, Marijan Adam, Adam Kujawski, Chris Cameron, Luke Skidmore, Kim Gerhart, Brian Riley, Doug Payauys, Phil Maag, Greg Dunn

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved

Governance – went over the Chairman position with Tim gone (reviewed with Greg what we have decided on)

Treasurer’s Report – Approved

Associate & Senior Member Applications – Rowe Networks submitted a senior membership. Will connect through Bresco’s remote switch. Discussed and approved

Content Sourcing –

  • Reminder that members can peer with gtt through Bresco.
  • Brent was contacted by someone to connect Equinix to Columbus through IX reach. We would have to pay a port fee and connection fee to access resources on their IX. We want to continue discussions.
  • Brian and Adam reached out to OARnet but haven’t heard anything back regarding Twitch. Greg Dunn will also reach out.

Marketing Committee –

  • The March event with Accent, Bresco, Cologix and IX was canceled due to covid-19
  • Going to look at virtual options to get the word out on the IX
  • One suggestion is to put information out on LinkedIN and also do member spotlights on LinkedIn.
  • Suggestion to send something out to current members to update everyone on current membership and requests to inform others on the IX
  • It was noticed that Tim’s LinkedIn profile still shows him as the Chairman of the IX. Doug will talk to him to remove it.
  • Suggested board members link their profile to the IX
  • Kim will send Chris information on past press releases and how we submitted them.
  • Adam provided Kim content for the website on usage tables and graphs. Membership information has also been updated.

CTO

  • Skymesh is now online
  • We are exceeding 8 Gig/day
  • New switch (100 G) was delivered to Adam. They are testing connectivity options
  • We should make efforts for local providers to peer and improve work from home. If we could get Spectrum, WOW and AT&T to join, it would be great so traffic didn’t go to Chicago. Brent has talked to WOW but Spectrum and AT&T don’t usually peer with Exchanges.
  • Would like to push downstream ANS users to be associated with the IX. Will continue to discuss

 Old / New Business

  • Discussed previous email requirement by TopGolf to complete our meeting by September 1.  Brent had a call with the manager and due to the unprecedented coronavirus situation, they are much more flexible about when we have a meeting.  Likely could be extended into next year.
  • No date set yet for the annual meeting while we pay attention to the coronavirus situation, but Doug asked that members keep an eye on July or August as possible annual meeting months.  Suggested that we could hold the meeting without doing an event at TopGolf and then maybe just do a member appreciate day on a future date.

 Next meeting – May 7th at 9:30. This will also be a video conference

Meeting Adjourned.

Respectfully submitted by Nancy Tiemeier