Upcoming Meetings and Events

The next Ohio IX Board of Directors meeting is scheduled to occur on October 14 2022 at 9:00am and will be held at Cologix. Details will be sent to the Board of Directors. Any member who would like to attend should contact us for call in details.

September 2022 Meeting Minutes

September 16 2022 OhioIX Meeting

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

Associate & Senior Member Applications – King Networks – They are a WISP in Detroit.  They connect to the data center in Troy, OH and want to be a direct switch operator in the future.  Voted and passed

Content Committee

  • Working with Google to determine in peering presence makes sense
    • No update on FaceBook
    • Limelight – will reach out this month
    • Ultimate in Indiana – they are looking for connectivity
    • Cache Fly – Doug provided information

Marketing

  • We need a new chair- will reach out to some members to see if there is an interest
  • Happy Hours – Chris Tovar reached out to some places in Cleveland, probably off of 77 and not downtown.  In Cincinnati, looking at Municipal BrewWorks in Hamilton (Aaron Holts has ownership in this.
  • Possible dates – October 13th in Cleveland and October 19th in Cincinnati
  • Chris C discussed doing a tailgate for OSU game.  Could piggyback off of tailgate that he has
  • Membership drive – combine with happy hours

Tech Committee / CTO Report

  • Traffic averaging 50 to 60 Gbps.  Peaked at 75Gbps with Thursday night football for Thursday night football.
  • Upgraded last route server.  It is all integrated and members can see all routes
  • IFN has upgraded to 100 G port
  • CISP is peering
  • DSW is now connected
  • FirstComm is getting turned up
  • Port capacity – 10G port is about 30% and 100G has 15% utilization

Old / New Business

  • Financial needs – Now that are getting bigger, need automation and someone to handle invoicing etc.  Payments should be ACH.  Will look into possible companies that we could hire to help
  • Broadband Ohio – Had a call with Peter and Patrick.  They are working with Middle Mile funding.  Provided cost for equipment and transport.  Would like to work with the existing Ohio Network.  We need letters of support and need to work quickly to get them.  Letters from people in the community, political aspects, underserved areas (Athens and Apalachia).  We need a template letter to provide to get a quicker response.  Dustin from Fairlawn Gig would like a letter from us and he would provide one to us.
  • Could look to BlueBridge as another Remote Switch Operator
  • We had the following Motion – The Ohio IX will engage Integrated Concept Network Concepts for Veeam backup and licensing that are critical to the operations of the Ohio IX and must support them financially for services rendered.  This was moved, seconded and passed.
  • The next meeting will be Friday, October 14, at Cologix at 9:00

August 2022 Meeting Minutes

August 19, 2022 Ohio IX Meeting

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

Associate Membership Application – City of West Jefferson – This was discussed and voted.  They were approved

Executive Positions for this next year

Chairman – Doug Payauys

Vice Chairman – Brent Beatty

Treasurer – Rob Shema

Secretary – Nancy Tiemeier

CTO – Jason Gintert

Will discuss moving the annual meeting back to May in the next meeting

Next meeting – September 16th at 9:00 at Cologix. 

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

July 2022 Meeting Minutes

July 22, 2022 OhioIX Meeting

Attendees:  Nancy Tiemeier, Luke Skidmore, Doug Payauys, Brent Beatty, Jason Gintert, Todd Jackson, Josh Rowe, Chris Cameron, and Greg Dunn

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved 

Governance – A RFI regarding the Middle Mile infrastructure is going out, they are looking for partners. If you are interested, contact Peter.

Associate & Senior Member Applications – No new applications

The City of Columbus wants to join the IX but wants to pay for 3 years dues upfront. We will check our code of conduct but we should be able to have them pay us and we will escrow the subsequent years. The same would apply for the cross connect. If the cross connect fee went up, the would need to handle the extra cost.

Content Committee

Marketing

  • The Google presence in Columbus is cloud only at this point, no content yet. We are trying for cache, they won’t do direct peering yet
  • Akamai is connected to us in Cleveland
  • Facebook is close, they are sending us optics
  • Turning up cache for Linux
  • The happy hour will be August 4th at McKenzie River in Columbus. Will look at September for Cleveland. A possible site is the Oak Barrell and Cincinnati for October. Aaron Holtz has a brewery in Cincinnati that we should look into.
  • The Fiber Connect is November 3rd – is this something we are interested in?

Tech Committee / CTO Report

  • We are currently sitting between 35 and 45 Gbps of traffic
  • Packet Clearing House is up – pasted on LinkedIn and Twitter. Quad 9 will be up
  • There was an outage on July 8th. 2 fans died in a server. Marijan provided the fans. We will be getting some spare chasis and 100 Gbps spares
  • Akamai peaked at 600 Mbps after turning up. You can direct peer with them.
  • We need a new PDU for our rack
  • Moving new automated route server on July 31st
  • We installed 100 Gbps optics for Amazon and Path Networks
  • Upgraded to 6.2 IXP Manager
  • Set up new email lists for announcing information on the IX and one for technical information.

Old / New Business 

  • MegaPort – Discussed giving pro bono 10G connection and free cross connect. It would provide connection to Cxtera and allow people outside the region to connect. Anyone using them would still need to be a member to peer. We would also get a free port from them. Need to set up metrics with a time limit. We moved to offer Megaport a 12 month connection with details to be finalized. This is not a membership, adding as a content provider for benefit of members. This was seconded and passed.
  • Broadband Ohio – Brochure has been put together and Jason put costs together for Phase 1 and Phase 2. We just need to add labor costs. Phase 1 $344,254 / $16, 576 OPX. Phase 2 – $1,822,850 / $172,960 OPX. We still need transport. OARnet is key and Fairlawn Gig also has key transport and is willing to work with us. We need an agreement in place with a carrier. We will submit Phase 1 asking for $1,000,000
  • Annual Meeting – Top Golf August 18th from 1:00 to 4:30. We will serve lunch at the same time as the meeting this time so people aren’t waiting to eat. Todd, Brian and Jason do shared drive for PowerPoint. We want to do a member share again this year. Luke will speak on this. Sending out the save the date and the invite with registration. Will get with Jason on hubspot
  • Doug moved to shut down H5 as a remote switch operator. If they want to come back, they must follow procedures. This was seconded and passed.
  • The next meeting will be after the annual meeting on August 19th at Top Golf

Next meeting – The next Ohio IX Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for August 19, 2022.  We will also provide a dial-in

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

June 2022 Meeting Minutes

June 9, 2022 OhioIX Meeting

Attendees:  Nancy Tiemeier, Luke Skidmore, Doug Payauys, Rob Shema, Brent Beatty, Matt Moran, Jason Gintert, Todd Jackson, Josh Rowe, and Greg Dunn

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved 

Governance – Starting to release funding, need to get our information to Peter

Associate & Senior Member Applications – No new applications

Content Committee

  • Working on large providers – Meta, Akamai (patched from Cleveland).
  • Arelion and Armstrong in Cologix
  • Still working on Google

Marketing

  • Chris asked to step back from leading this committee due to current workload.  Todd Jackson offered to lead up this committee.  Brent offered Chris Tovar to join the committee and help as well
  • Happy Hour at McKenzie River – Marketing committee will establish a date and send out invites
  • Will look at dates for other markets

Tech Committee / CTO Report

  • New traffic all time high of 55Gbps on May 10th (two games on Valve, patch Tuesday w/MS)
  • Daily draffic is 36-38Gbps
  • We have activated IXP Manager integratred Route Server #2! #1 coming soon.
  • 100G optics are on order to upgrade Amazon to 2 x 100G
  • New Microsoft cache turned up May 5th, 20G capacity
  • New facilities based remote switch installed in FairlawnGig cabinet in Cleveland on May 12th
  • Upgraded FairlawnGig to 100G on May 13
  • Turned up Cleveland switch May 23rd
  • Activated Veeam backups which are offsite to Integrated
  • Discussed bringing in Megaport so members can leverage them to connect. Question regarding use of free cross connect for this?
  • Still awaiting turn up with: CISP, DSW, FirstComm, MadeIT, Medina Fiber, Path Network, PCH, DFN, and Waddell.

Old / New Business 

  • MegaPort – Discussed connecting to them as an option for members.  Still want to investigate more
  • Marketing Document for Broadband Ohio – Went over slick that Michelle put together and discussed adding Phase 1 and Phase 2 maps to show our plans.  Need to get to Peter so we can try and get some of the funds.
  • Annual Meeting – Top Golf August 18th from 1:30 to 4:30.  We need to put the presentation together.  Will go over in detail at the next meeting.
  • Past due accounts – Discussed how to proceed with accounts that have not paid and ones that are getting free cross connects.

Next meeting – The next Ohio IX Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for July 22nd, 2022 at 9:00 am.  We will also provide a dial-in

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

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, Akamai (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