Upcoming Meetings and Events

The next Ohio IX Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 8th, 2020, at 9:30am. The location will be via a Ring Central 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.

 

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

March 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

March 5, 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees: Nancy Tiemeier, Brent Beatty, Marijan Adam, Adam Kujawski, Chris Cameron, Luke Skidmore, Kim Gerhart, Brian Riley

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved

Governance – n/a

Treasurer’s Report

Associate & Senior Member Applications – WAN Dynamics submitted an Associate application. It was discussed and the vote was approved.

Content Sourcing – Twitch, there has been a soft turn down, we need to get Peering DB in order. OARnet is key in updating this and Brian Riley will reach out to them. We are still waiting on Google; we are in the Que.

Marketing Committee – Chris Cameron, Brent Beatty, Chris Tovar from Bresco and Nancy Tiemeier met to discuss Marketing goals.

  • We want to promote our members and add logos to the members page for those that are interested.
  • Press releases on new members
  • Kim is the current webmaster and she will continue to handle changes and updates to the website. She is working on organizing the website so now is a good time to add logos etc.
  • Accent and other sponsors are having an NCAA event and will allow Ohio IX to be a sponsor at no charge so we can try to market ourselves to the attendees.
  • We can’t find the old banner that was done promoting the IX but agreed that we need a new one. We will work on getting one made.
  • Chris Tovar from Bresco will continue to be on the committee going forward
  • Brent picked up business cards that everyone can give to promote the IX. They don’t have individual names but provide general information. They will be given out to everyone.
  • OhioX is a non-profit technology initiative that has started, it might be worth us being a member. We will send some information out. The cost is $1000 a year.
  • Westerville is a finalist for the Top 7 Smart Cities though ICF. They are doing an event in the Westerville DC in April and want to give us a table. He is sending information out.
  • OH NUG – There are 700 members and are having a meeting on April 23rd at Brew Dog and may be worth some people attending. Ohio IX members are invited.
  • We need to update the marketing slick we currently use.
  • We are going to set up a Twitter account.

 CTO

  • We are peaking over 7 Gig
  • We are looking at getting additional resources from ARIN and are working to increase our IP’s
  • Adam is working with Kim on links to the graphs that can be put on the website
  • We need to decide if we want to announce additional ASN’s that are using the IX (through existing members connections. This can help to add traffic which is important. We will continue discussions on this and bring it up with Doug.
  • Vision CTS connection is completed.
  • The IXP Manager information has been loaded. Adam will do a demo at the annual meeting.

 Old / New Business

  • Brent reached out to Top Golf to secure the date for the Annual Meeting. Our first choice is April 16th and second is April 22nd. We need to get the official notice out 30 days prior to the meeting.

Next meeting – April 9th at Accent Communications. This will be a quick prep meeting for the annual meeting.

Meeting Adjourned.

Respectfully submitted by Nancy Tiemeier

February 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

February 6, 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

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

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved with changes

Governance – n/a

Treasurer’s Report

Associate & Senior Member Applications – None at this time

Content Sourcing – Google has gone dark for now but Brent is still keeping in touch. Still talking to other possible new members

Marketing Committee – The Board of Directors has been added to the FAQ section of the website. Asking everyone to review the information. The website has been updated with new members. We need to start planning the annual meeting.

 CTO

  • WeConnect is up and peering
  • Fairlawn Gig – we haven’t had any communication with them
  • The traffic on the IX is peeking around 5Gig, Brent will send out a screenshot of the traffic chart
  • IXP Manager – we will be able to provide graphs and other information on the website but it isn’t ready yet.
  • The infrastructure has been refreshed and we have plenty of capacity
  • We need additional resources from ARIN so we can have our own content. We discussed and moved to allow Marijan to purchase additional IP’s when ready.
  • VLAN is up and running
  • Adam is checking on switches and pricing with our licensing. Adam will send information needed for Endpoint to Doug, Kim and Nancy

Old / New Business

  • Further discussion of filling the Vice Chairman Position – We continued discussions and there was a move to have Brent Beatty fill the Vice Chairman position until the Annual meeting. The move was seconded and passed.
  • Chris Cameron was appointed to chair the Marketing Committee. Nancy and Brent will meet with Chris to discuss goals and needs of the committee
  • Annual Meeting – It was suggested that we have it at Top Golf again. We would invite members as well as interested parties in joining the IX. Proposed dates were April 9th or 16th. Chris Cameron was going to check with Top Golf on availability. The official notice has to be sent 30 days prior to the meeting.
  • We discussed the Welcome Package. Adam will send some additional information to Kim and Kim is going to send out what we are currently using to everyone on the board.

 Next meeting – March 5th at Accent Communications. (This has since been moved to Cologix at 555 Scherers Ct for this month.)

Meeting Adjourned.

Respectfully submitted by Nancy Tiemeier

January 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

January 13, 2020 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees: Doug Payauys, Nancy Tiemeier, Brent Beatty, Marijan Adam, Adam Kujawski, Greg Dunn, Chris Cameron, Luke Skidmore, Kim Gerhart and a guest Bryan Gillespie from H5 Data Centers

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved.

Governance – n/a

Treasurer’s Report

Associate & Senior Member Applications – Senior Memberships – H5 Data Center and Vision Concept Technology. Both were voted on and approved

Content Sourcing – Still working on Google connectivity

CTO

  • All services are currently being managed by us now and not OARnet
  • We have a couple 40G connections activated
  • Fastly is now connected
  • We are averaging about 4 Gb of traffic now
  • Marijan is working with Adam on the IP manager to be installed at Cologix
  • They would like to get approval for a new switch – A motion was made to approve purchasing a new switch not to exceed $15,000 (not counting shipping and taxes). The motion was seconded and passed.
  • We have seen significant growth in our traffic and next month will start showing the usage on our website.
  • Again stressed everyone needs to update peeringdb (content providers really look at that)

Marketing Committee – Kim will update the website with the new members. She updated how companies are listed on the website. If any information is missing, please send it to Kim.

Old / New Business

  • Tim Berelsman has resigned from the Board and as Chairman. We appreciate Tim’s leadership and are a lot further along than we would have been if he hadn’t lead the group to this point. If possible, we would welcome him back on the board if possible in the future.
  • Doug Payauys was nominated and approved to take over the Chairman role until the board appointments are made at the next annual meeting and approved for the next term. We discussed Brent Beatty taking over the Vice Chairman role temporarily and have tabled the discussion until the next meeting. If he does take it over, he will want someone else to take over the Marketing committee. Chris Cameron was recommended for this role. We will continue discussions at the next meeting. Jason Pontius from CentraComm also resigned from the board and there were some discussions as to who could fill that position. Amplex will take the board position. This was voted on and approved.
  • Discussion of senior member payments with the new cost structure. We don’t want existing members to pay more than new members with the older pay structure. Existing members won’t pay the new renewal fee until they have covered what they already have paid (example – if you just paid $3150, you won’t start paying the additional $1,000 until the 4th year when you have gotten credit for the 3 years at $1000).
  • We had a discussion to bring Google caching servers into the IX. Brent will donate bandwidth for a direct peer connection to the IX and upgrade his connection to 40G. The vote will be to bring the servers into the IX through Bresco’s connection. We need to figure out routing and could also need another ASN for the IX. We approved to have the tech committee continue discussions to support the Google Cache servers into our environment.
  • Discussion on H5 having a remote switch. We can provide guidance to them but the IX doesn’t maintain the remote end. They will need a Layer 2 connection and a link to Columbus.

Next meeting will be February 6th at NetGain at 9:30

Meeting Adjourned.

Respectfully submitted by Nancy Tiemeier