Upcoming Meetings and Events

The next Ohio IX Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for June 9th, 2022 at 9:00 am. Details will be sent to the Board of Directors. Any member who would like to attend should contact us for call in details.

May 2022- No Meeting

The OhioIX did not meet in May. The next scheduled meeting is June 9, 2022 at 9:00 am at Cologix.

April 2022 Meeting Minutes

April 6, 2022 OhioIX Meeting

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

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved 

Governance – Waiting on funding notice in May for NTIA

Associate & Senior Member Applications – 

Associate Membership – Deep Edge Realty – Discussed and voted – approved

Senior Membership –

Medina Fiber – Fiber to the Home – Discussed and voted – approved MadeIT – Private Cloud and MSP – Discussed and voted – approved

Content Committee

  • Working on large providers – Meta, Alkami (patched from Cleveland).
  • Arelion and Armstrong in Cologix
  • AEP
  • Riot Games – working on

Marketing

  • Happy Hour at McKenzie River on May 4th.  Can send invites through Hubspot and rsvp through EventBrite.
  • Open to more ideas for Happy hours, possibly Hamilton Ohio which is between Dayton and Cincinnati.

Tech Committee / CTO Report

  • 40Gbps peak on April 15th.   Doubled traffic since March.  Should do a press release
  • Valve cache – Cincy Bell now 40G connections –
  • Steam – new game provided 28Gbps a day of usage
  • QFX – switch will redeploy in Cleveland.  We have our own switch at H5 with Fairlawn Gig  They are providing transport.  Should put an MOU agreement in place to protect transport.  Provide information to Greg.
  • Need $600 misc gear for switch, from budgeted dollars
  • Will move Matt to new network which will be the official switch
  • Signed agreement with Veeam for back-ups (offsite).  20 virtual servers
  • Tried to bring Microsoft online but need new equipment.  Will purchase
  • Everstream re-connected
  • GeoStar just connected
  • DSW is going dark
  • First Comm now a 10G port instead of 1G
  • SFN and Path – no response

Waddell – circuit ordered

Old / New Business 

  • Broadband Ohio – 2 page Marketing brochure.  Hired Michelle Gatchell to put together and will send to Peter.  Goal is POP access in other counties.
  • Discussed past due accounts and Code of Conduct – Have controls in place so can disconnect if needed.  Will check with other IX’s to see what they have in place.  New members must sign when completed.
  • Annual Meeting – Top Golf August 18th from 1:30 to 4:30.  We need to put the presentation together.

Next meeting – June 9 2022 at 9:00 am at Cologix.  We will also provide a dial-in

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

March 2022 Meeting Minutes

March 11,  2022 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees:  Nancy Tiemeier, Luke Skidmore, Kim Gerhart, Doug Payauys, Rob Shema, Brian Riley, Brent Beatty, Matt Moran, Jason Gintert and Phil Maag

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved 

Governance – N/A

Associate & Senior Member Applications – 

Associate Membership – N/A

Senior Membership – Path Network, Inc.  They do DDoS mitigation services.  Jason talked about the company.  They want a 100G connection and will pay optics and the higher membership fee.  It was voted on and passed.

Content Committee

  • Facebook provided a verbal commitment to connect 
  • Akamai wants to connect to us through Cleveland (H5)
  • Have talked to Valve
  • Microsoft cache – trying to build over the next few months
  • Netflix cache is doing about 5Gbs
  • Google is saying no to connecting at this point.  The contact does not realize they are turning up in Columbus

Marketing

  • Discussed Accent Event
  • Will reschedule first Happy Hour for April timeframe
  • Discussed Marketing Doc that can be done for the broadband funds.  Nancy knows someone that did this for the Fairgrounds and used to work for the State of Ohio.  Will set up call with her

Tech Committee / CTO Report

  • Our traffic peaked at 16.4 Gbps
  • New route servers are up and running – They are upgraded and patched
  • Jason talked to Andrew Doolittle from Designer Brands, and they should be peering by the end of the month. 
  • Akamai wants to connect from Cleveland with 100 G connection.  Discussed current connections and also discussed Fairlawn Gig as possible connection point.
  • Everstream still not connected.  Following up with Chuck Girt
  • We need to sign the order with Veeam – will be sold through Integrated Network Concepts.  Jason can sign.  Also need to acquire equipment that was budgeted for.  Have looked at an online provider.
  • We need to bill Amazon for the optics
  • The NDA with Apple is signed.  We may be one of the 1st to cache with them.  It is a new program they are starting.
  • The patch panel space is running low, may need to purchase another one by Fall.

Old / New Business 

  • Discussion on Ohio IX’s procedures related to disconnecting – code of regulations spells out termination of membership for non-payment of annual dues, other dues, and “all other reasons”.  We have been gracious with past due accounts, and we need to tighten up our procedures.  Discussion on a possible lack of communication between those receiving dues invoices from Ohio IX and those that are responsible for maintaining connectivity.  In some cases, a past due member operating a remote switch could affect connectivity of other members in good standing connected to that remote switch, so that disconnect will need to be communicated to all involved.  Brent will be spearheading a clear disconnect process that involves both our accounting and network resources to ensure clear communication and continuity of efforts to help keep our members fully connected and in good standing.
  • Broadband Ohio – We need to put thoughts into it and put some information together.  Jason will put a document on Google Docs so we can start putting down information that can be used for the 2-page document that we want to provide to Peter.  Will also put information together on schools and remote areas that we are servicing.
  • Global Virtual Internet Exchange – Megaport and Cogent which are strong in Ohio.  We could do a private VLAN to other fabrics.  Both charge for data transfer.  Jason talked to Cogent – no port charge; they use the 95th percentile and charge $.10/Mbps.  We would be listed in their exchange.  Need to more information.  Megaport – free port and fixed price/Mbps
  • Networking events – Happy Hour in April.  Also discussed sponsoring the next NNUG event this summer.
  • Annual Meeting will be in August this year.  Discussed doing it again at Top Golf.  With everyone planning events now that things have eased with covid, we want to try and get it reserved now.  Brent is going to check on available dates in August.

Next meeting – April 8 2022 at 9:00 am at Aunalytics.  We will also provide a dial-in

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

February 2022 Meeting Minutes

February 11, 2022 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees:  Nancy Tiemeier, Luke Skidmore, Kim Gerhart, Doug Payauys, Rob Shema, Brian Riley, Brent Beatty, Matt Moran, Todd Jackson, Greg Dunn, Jason Gintert and Aaron Holtz

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved 

Governance – 

  • Peter Voderberg is happy to meet with us, just need to schedule.  – Looking at next 2 Fridays and discussed who wants to wants to attend.
  • NTIA – notice funding coming out in May – 

Associate & Senior Member Applications – 

Associate Membership – N/A

Senior Membership – Waddell Solutions Group and Southern Fibernet Corp – Both were discussed and approved

Old / New Business 

  • Detroit IX would like to connect with us.  CFN is doing a joint fiber build in Detroit to Southfield MI.  Aunalytics is also part of the Detroit IX
  • Strategic Planning – Doug, Brent, Jason and Nancy met- we discussed an overview of what we discussed.  We want to have a follow up meeting with more people   Brian, Todd and Luke are interested in being part of the next meeting.
  • Global Virtual Internet Exchange – Megaport and Cogent which are strong in Ohio.  We could do a private VLAN to other fabrics.  Both charge for data transfer.  Jason talked to Cogent – no port charge; they use the 95th percentile and charge $.10/Mbps.  We would be listed in their exchange.  Need to more information.  Megaport – free port and fixed price/Mbps
  • Networking events – We should be ready in March.  Need to check if inviting members to the Accent event. 
  • Todd Jackson is changing roles.  He is going to Lit Communications (Medina Fiber).  They will join the IX and continue on in his role on the board.  They would be a possible remote switch opportunity.

Tech Committee / CTO Report

  • Smart Way Communications is up
  • New route servers are up and running – They are upgraded and patched
  • Mircrosoft cache – had discussions- they don’t provide a server.  We could use a spare if we want to go that route and move if we needed.  Marijan may have one we could use.  It is a lower level server – about 8 TB of space
  • Brent signed paperwork for Steam and Valve cache – will be good for gaming and video.  They liked that we have a separate services network for cache.  Having our internet for this is unique to the Ohio IX and may want to promote this
  • We should list information on content providers on website and provide information 
  • Discussed looking at marketing budget and try to hire someone to help with the website
  • Discussed when to shut down ports for those that have not paid or not using us anymore.  We need to put a document together for procedure.  
  • The newsletter was great

Next meeting – March 11 2022 at 9:00 am at IFN.  We will also provide a dial-in

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

January 2022 Meeting Minutes

January 7, 2022 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees:  Nancy Tiemeier, Luke Skidmore, Kim Gerhart, Doug Payauys, Rob Shema, Brian Riley, Brent Beatty, Matt Moran, Chris Cameron, Todd Jackson, and Jason Gintert

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved 

Governance – n/a  

Associate & Senior Member Applications – 

Associate Membership – N/A

Senior Membership – GeoStar Communications and FirstComm LLC  – were discussed, voted and approved 

Content Sourcing – 

  • Netflix – we are seeing 54 routes
  • Working to bring in Hubspot, Massilon Cable, Auburn Essentials and Armstrong Cable
  • Momentum Telecom inquired about connecting to the IX
  • May want to talk to other data centers about remote switch.  Brent is talking to DartPoints
  • Trying to get Microsoft, Google and Alkami

Marketing Committee –

  • Happy Hour – we were going to have the 1st happy hour in January but due to covid surge, we are delaying.  We discussed criteria to know when can do in person events.  We need to make sure that what we plan is refundable if needed.
  • Discussed doing webinars – maybe start with those and do in person later in the Quarter.  Topics:   How to get the most out of the IX (newsletter and webinar) and a potential for new members – what is it and how it works.
  • Can we sponsor something with OHNUG – Jason will check
  • Jason suggested putting snipets out on the website – would need help with the website.

Tech Committee / CTO Report

  • Smart Way Communications are connected, working to get DSW turned up
  • Everstream – working to get them back up, they had peering issues
  • Working on how Massilon Cable would connect
  • We need an audit of cross connects – may need smf cables – have sfp’s for now.
  • Our traffic is 14 -16 Gbps per day. 
  • Starry – we are missing routes – working on automated server project.
  • Matt is reviewing Veam backups -looking at backup

Old / New Business 

  • 2022 Budget Discussion – Kim presented the budget – Expenses for 2022 – $45,355.  We moved and approved the budget.  We will discuss the 3 year plan in March.
  • Strategic Planning – A small group is starting the discussion after this meeting.

Next meeting – February 4, 2022 at 9:00 am at IFN.  We will also provide a dial-in

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

December 2021 Meeting Minutes

December 10, 2021 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees:  Nancy Tiemeier, Luke Skidmore, Doug Payauys, Rob Shema, Brian Riley, Brent Beatty, Matt Moran, Chris Cameron, Todd Jackson, Greg Dunn and Jason Gintert

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved 

Governance – The $42 Billion Infrastructure bill is slated to provide funding next year; Greg will keep us updated.  We discussed ways the Ohio IX could use some of that money to expand the IX and remote switch locations including helping to cover the cost of transport as well as routers and switches.  Working to set up a meeting to get in front of them in January.  Greg is helping with that.  

Associate & Senior Member Applications – 

Associate Membership – N/A

Senior Membership – Smart Way Communications – Nancy 

Content Sourcing – 

  • Matt is going to reach out to Massilon Cable
  • Working to put information together to send out to smaller ISP’s
  • QTS is looking to move to New Albany, and they may be interested
  • Jason had talked to Deep Edge; they are looking to set up a POP
  • First Communications provided a verbal to join the IX in the 1st Qtr
  • Valve is working on approval for cache
  • Brent talked to SFN TV
  • Telia is looking to come to Columbus
  • Some of the members need to regroom their networks to go through the IX so we get the additional traffic, and the companies can save money on transport.  Doug suggested covering cost for a temporary 10G port to help traffic be changed to the IX.  We need to get more information out to the members, suggested adding information to the website.

Marketing Committee –Starting to meet every 3 weeks.  Trying to add additional networking opportunities for members and prospects so they feel more part of the organization.  Going to have happy hours in different areas of the state starting with one in Columbus on January 20th.  We are looking for a location now.  We are waiting on the approval from Arista for the press release, hoping to send out next week.  We discussed getting a package of press releases so we can continue to send them out.  We have some money that wasn’t spent from the marketing budget last year so suggested to use some of that for the additional press releases.

Tech Committee / CTO Report

  • The technical committee put a project list together and will delegate those items
  • Have worked on a management report with Bresco to see the ports on his remote switch
  • Have done updates to monitoring
  • Added MAC filter addresses
  • Updated Linux Hosts
  • They would like to evaluate Veam, VM Ware and Windows licenses.  Can order off the state term through OARnet is an option but looking at other options as well
  • Doing security audit on passwords etc
  • Matt is reviewing Veam backups -looking at backup
  • Everstream is still down
  • The traffic has been between 14 and 16 Gig

Old / New Business 

  • Ohio IX/Arista Press Release – shooting for next Tuesday
  • Bi-lateral peering guidance / documentation (Matt) – Matt has it done, wanting to know how to distribute.  Talked about putting it on the website and doing webinars.
  • Strategic Planning – Doug is going to put a group together to discuss direction for the IX
  • 2022 Budget Planning – Please provide information to Kim

Next meeting – January 7, 2022 at 9:00 am.  This will be virtual, we discussed doing an in person meeting at least once a quarter.

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

November 2021 Meeting Minutes

November 2021 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees:  Nancy Tiemeier, Luke Skidmore, Doug Payauys, Rob Shema, Brian Riley, Brent Beatty, Matt Moran, Chris Cameron, Todd Jackson, Greg Dunn, Scott Verbus

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved 

Governance – The first round of applications to build in Ohio are submitted for $250 million through Broadband Ohio. About $100 million in the capital fund has already been applied.  This may be a marketing opportunity and funding opportunity for the IX.  This could help to fund remote switches or transport.

Associate & Senior Member Applications – 

Associate Membership – N/A

Senior Membership – N/A

Content Sourcing – 

  • Emails have been set up in hubspot so they can be tracked and sent easier
  • Armstrong Cable responded to mailings and may join next year
  • Have talked to Massilon Cable and CS Wireless
  • Rob has talked to Quill, they are deciding if going to try it
  • Todd discussed doing a program with different cities
  • H5 wants to build the Cleveland IX and is not promoting the Ohio IX

Marketing Committee –Nothing new t this point.  Scheduling new times for the committee to meet.  Jason has posted some the minutes and other items to the website.   We discussed the press release on the Arista gear and gave the go ahead to pay for the press release.

Tech Committee / CTO Report

  • Focusing on Netflix deployment.  Bresco has had issues getting traffic through them here, it has been going through Windstream. Working to resolve.
  • Traffic has been 12.98 to 13.6 Gbps with Netflix added

Old / New Business 

  • Bi-lateral peering guidance / documentation is done, it just needs to be sent out.  Discussed doing a technical webinar on IXP Manager and peering.
  • Strategic Planning – will get the core group together to discuss the next 2 to 4 years and then will discuss with the group.
  • Budgeting – Need to start putting budget together for next year.  Marketing group’s budget can be the same as this  year.
  • Holiday get together – the December meeting will be in person at Accent’s office and then going to lunch after.  

Next meeting – December 10, 2021 at 11:00 am.

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

The Ohio Internet Exchange (Ohio IX) Deploys Arista Switch Platforms to Build Next-Generation, High-Performance Network

Columbus, OH – October 28th, 2021 – The Ohio Internet Exchange (Ohio IX) has deployed new industry-leading network switch platforms to further enhance the value of the Internet Exchange for current and future Ohio IX participants. The organization chose the ultra high-performance Arista 7060 and 7280R switches because they deliver a rich choice of interface speed and density and best meet the Ohio IX objectives to increase the number of available 10Gbps and 25Gbps ports, augment 100Gbps services, and remain price competitive in the market, all of which serve to increase participation and promote higher traffic levels at the Internet Exchange points operated by Ohio IX.  

“We are thrilled to build our network infrastructure with Arista switch platforms at Ohio IX, which are helping us address increasing demand and add greater value to our membership,” said Jason Gintert, board member and CTO of Ohio IX. “Optimizing the Arista technology will allow us to achieve our core mission of interconnecting networks throughout the state of Ohio while reducing costs and improving performance–benefiting the Ohio Internet community and beyond.”

Deploying the new Arista switches provides the Internet Exchange the capacity to support up to 20Tbps of total throughput in the exchange fabric, nearly 3x the amount of the previous infrastructure, affording the Ohio IX much more room for growth. 

“We’re excited to partner with the Ohio Internet Exchange to bring innovation, scalability, flexibility and performance to their network as their participants’ needs continue to increase,” said Chris Kane, Systems Engineering Lead at Arista Networks. “Ohio IX is a valued client for us, in the company of many other exchanges around the world that rely on Arista’s leading-edge platforms to operate in demanding technology environments where high performance is essential.” 

About Ohio IX

Ohio IX is a not-for-profit corporation that operates an Internet Exchange led by an experienced group of network and business professionals from prominent businesses throughout Ohio. Ohio IX provides internet and network-based businesses to connect confidently to a professional and responsive local Internet exchange. The Ohio IX member community of peers is a strong, dependable, and diverse group of organizations dedicated to improving Ohio’s internet through collaboration and cooperation. For more information, please visit https://ohioix.net or follow Ohio IX on LinkedIn and Twitter

October 2021 Meeting Minutes

October 15, 2021 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees:  Nancy Tiemeier, Luke Skidmore, Doug Payauys, Jason Gintert, Rob Shema, Kim Gerhart, Brian Riley, Brent Beatty, Matt Moran

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved 

Governance – Funding is coming out and the states are determining how to spend it.  There are aspects tied to broadband in the funding.

Associate & Senior Member Applications – 

Associate Membership – N/A

Senior Membership – DSW – Discussed and approved

Content Sourcing – Matt was key to getting NetFlix.  We will have a server directly and in our name.  OCLC has shown interest.  We discussed having Matt lead up the Content Souring committee going forward, he has been a huge help to this committee and welcome his help.  We moved to have Matt take the lead on this committee and it was approved.

Marketing Committee – No new updates

Tech Committee / CTO Report

  • We crossed 10G on September 10th
  • Credit card processing has been set up through Square
  • Netflix servers have been set up – was a lot of work from the technical team.  There is a new Arista router
  • Subspace has been onboarded – will ramp up for more traffic
  • Cincy Bell just connected – need to set up BGP session and then move to production
  • Have Hubspot – can use to track members
  • The press release with Arista is done, we need to put it on the wire if we want.  Discussed having the Marketing committee put it out.  Doug proposed to pay to put it on the wire.  It was approved.
  • Discussed Buckeye Telecom and a possible remote switch in Toledo
  • Acami wanted to talk to us regarding connecting in Cleveland, we would want them to connect in Columbus.  There would be issues connecting in Cleveland.
  • Suggested providing information to members on bi-lateral peering.  Matt is working to put something together.

Old / New Business 

  • City of Bexley is interested in the IX.  We also discussed the City of Columbus.  
  • We are still working on OARnet.

Next meeting – November 12th 9:00 am.

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier