Upcoming Meetings and Events

The next Ohio IX Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for October 15th, 2021, at 9:00am. 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.

September 2021 Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2021 Ohio IX Meeting

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

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved for July and August

Governance – The updates on the Code of Regulations that were approved at the annual meeting has been updated on the website.

Associate & Senior Member Applications – 

Associate Membership – Arista; voted and approved

Senior Membership – Cincinnati Bell and Subspace Communication – both were voted and approved

Content Sourcing – Matt has been working with Netflix.  We are working with Watch to see if they can be a sponsor for the servers.  The IX will be responsible for the maintenance.  We are still working on it.

Marketing Committee 

  • Discussed regional Happy Hours – not sure timing is right but thought with smaller events it might work.  Want to keep members engaged and try to recruit new members.
  • Chris asked about the apparel and how orders were going.  They have had issues getting Under Armour clothing.  If you have orders that haven’t been filled, please get with Chris.  We still have not gotten an invoice from them.

Tech Committee / CTO Report

  • We are all migrated to Arista, it was completed on August 23rd
  • Marijan moved patches and documented patch panel.  After maintenance, it shows about 10GB of traffic.  We will decommission Juniper gear over the next month
  • Brent is having issues with Cloudflare, having problem getting ahold of someone to help on their side.
  • Moved website to Google based server and hosting.  HTTPS now working.  Updated content – we can now manage.
  • Email and Domain hosting – needs payment updated to the Ohio IX card
  • IXP manager updated to 5.8, did content cleanup and aet up mail chimp (up to 2,000 contacts).  We may move to Hub Spot.
  • Ohio IXP is the new Twitter name
  • Working on documenting everything and getting the tech committee trained.
  • Want to upgrade route servers and upgrade to BIRD

Old / New Business 

  • H5 – Matt talking to them to get them to connect to exchange.  They have a 3rd party managing their switch and are not peering.  Matt setting up call with Doug and their contacts.
  • Discussed new strategic direction.  We are getting to the point with our traffic that we can reach out to bigger players and other data centers.  Rob is going to head this up.  Jason has put a presentation together which he will send out to everyone.
  • Discussed trying to get OARnet to peer more.  Putting together some traffic information and benefits to them.

Next meeting – October 15th 9:00 am.

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

New Arista Core Network Deployed!

The Ohio Internet Exchange (Ohio IX) has deployed a new network switching platform to further increase the value of the Internet Exchange for current and future Ohio IX participants.  The Arista 7060 and 7280R switch platforms were chosen because they best meet the Ohio IX objectives to increase the number of available 10Gbps and now 25Gbps ports, augment 100Gbps services, not to mention to remain price competitive in the market, all which serves to increase participation and promote higher traffic levels at the Internet Exchange points operated by Ohio IX.  

“We are thrilled to adopt the Arista switching platform at Ohio IX, which will address increasing demand and add greater value to our membership”, said Jason Gintert, Board member and CTO of Ohio IX.

With capacity to now support up to 20Tbps of total throughput in the exchange fabric, it allows nearly 3x the capacity of the previous infrastructure affording much more room for growth. By optimizing our infrastructure with the deployment of the Arista switching platform, Ohio IX is better able to increase the value of the Ohio IX to member participants. This helps achieve the core mission of interconnecting networks throughout the state of Ohio to reduce costs and improve performance for the benefit of the Ohio Internet community and beyond.

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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 the ability 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 that are dedicated to improving the Internet in Ohio through collaboration and cooperation. Visit https://ohioix.net or follow Ohio IX on LinkedIn and Twitter.

June 2021 Ohio IX Meeting

June 11, 2021 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees:  Nancy Tiemeier, Luke Skidmore,  Doug Payauys, Jason Gintert, Rob Shema, Brent Beatty, Chris Cameron, Brian Riley, Phil Maag

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved 

Governance – Went over the amended Code of Regulations.  The question of capping dues was discussed.  A copy of the amended and restated Code of Regulations will be attached to the minutes.

Associate & Senior Member Applications – We received a senior application for Adtran.  Doug provided information on Adtran and we voted and approved their membership.

Content Sourcing – 

  • Heard WOW is working to sell their network.
  • Twitch is peering through Amazon
  • Chris asked about connecting to other IX’s.  We looked into this in the past and the cost to connect (transport) is an issue.  

Marketing Committee 

  • We need an outbound mail  platform – there are some that are free or low cost.  We will need help with MX records so will get with Marijan to help.
  • We are looking to engage in events.  Let us know if you hear of anything or if having an event that we can be part of.
  • Clothware store –  There have been some inventory shortages of some things.  If you haven’t gotten your some things, either reach out to them or let Chris know and he will check it for you.  We still have not gotten an invoice from them.  There have been some comments on taking a long time to get orders.  We will try and stay on top of this. 

Tech Committee / CTO Report

  • They researched reverse DNS and not able to do integration with IXP Manager but could do with Google.
  • Through Google, we have $300 worth of free hosting, will need a credit card down the road
  • Arista Switches – we have the baseline configs done- we used some information we had received from MICE.  It is staged and ready, still doing testing with the IXP Manager.
  • We need to have monitoring to know when customers go offline. Brent has had a couple issues with the 40G port which should be corrected with new switches.  We are using Nagios to monitor currently
  • Databank in Cleveland contacted us- they have customers interested in IX and also remote switch.  They want us to pay transport or so if someone would provide.  That model will not work for us.

Remote Switch Agreement – changes to the agreement to get it completed

  • The address needs to be added
  • Must be a senior member,  and pay senior membership
  • Added language to operator payment schedule to limit charge they can charge for remote tenant.  Brent discussed may want to remove transport fee.
  • We moved to accept as changed in meeting.  Was moved, seconded and approved.

Old / New Business 

  • Annual Meeting will be Aug 5th at Top Golf.  We would like to have a separate meeting to prepare.  Will have business meeting / Growth/ Struggles and Tech side.
  • Adam leaving Amplex and board – taking a 6 month hiatus
  • Jason Ginhert is interested in a Board Position.  Discussed Matt Moran would also be good.

We will have the next meeting on Friday July 23rd at 9:00.  Conference Bridge will be sent

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Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

April 2021 Ohio IX Meeting

April 9, 2021 Ohio IX Meeting

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

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved 

Governance n/a

Associate & Senior Member Applications – n/a

Content Sourcing – 

  • Rob escalated to WOW.  Brent also talked to them and due to other free peering points. Probably won’t peer with us.
  • F5 isn’t a good application for us

Marketing Committee 

  • No invoices received from the company providing our clothware.  Will send to Kim when received.
  • We discussed when new members should get a GC for initial clothware.  Was decided we would send when membership payment has been received.  Chris will send the GC once payment has been received.
  • The budget is being provided to the Executive Committee
  • Jason let us know that he can handle the web hosting in house and will work to get it moved over.  Our WordPress is out of date as well as is the SSL.  Jason needs access to the website from Kim and then will do a back-up and restore.

Tech Committee / CTO Report

  • Last Thursday added cable management to the Arista gear.
  • Need Linear 1 information from Brent to turn up.  Brent will send.
  • Amazon’s 2nd port is up but no traffic yet.
  • Need host DNS, we need a place to put them.  Looking at Google and Cloudflare.  We are moving bank accounts so will wait until that is done.  Once done will have reverse DNS for everyone on the IX
  • Arista switches – working on best practices default.  Will integrate with IXP Manager and secure configurations that we got from MICE.

Old / New Business 

  • 2021 Budget Development – marketing committee sending budget to Kim.  Kim as other budgets and has been populating spreadsheet.  Will schedule time for Exec committee to review.
  • Remote Switch – Doug sending to everyone to look at so we can get it out.  It was suggested that you have to be a senior member to connect through remote switch operator.  Also need to control the cost the remote switch operator can charge.
  • Annual Mtg – want to send out an email to everyone to get it on their calendars.  Do a save the date.  We have 60 spots available.
  • We need to make changes to the by-laws and get them to Greg.  Add 30 to 60 day continuity of membership.

We will have the next meeting on Friday May 7th 9th at 9:00.  Conference Bridge will be sent

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Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

March 2021 Ohio IX Meeting

March 11, 2021 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees:  Nancy Tiemeier, Luke Skidmore,  Doug Payauys, Adam Kujawski, Jason Gintert, Kim Gerhart, Todd Jackson, Rob Shema, Brent Beatty, Chris Cameron, Brian Riley, Matt Moran, Greg Dunn, Marijan Adam, Matt Moran and guest Duane Powell from the City of Hilliard

Call to Order – Brent called the meeting to order and introduced Duane Powell.  Doug will facilitate the meeting.

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved 

Governance – House Bill 2 probably going to pass.  Greg is putting summary together.  It should pass in the next month or two.  There will be money from the 1.9 Trillion relief package but not sure how it will be used.

Associate & Senior Member Applications – Senior Membership for Linear 1 Technologies.   Discussed and approved.

Content Sourcing – 

  • Matt is trying with NetFlix but no luck yet.  With a Nginx server, they would allow cache as would Google.    Members would have to purchase this router, they are getting more information.  
  • Adam spoke with Akamai, they are open to peering with the IX.  He has a call with them next week.
  • Zayo had a call with Matt last week, they may be interested in joining.

Marketing Committee 

  • Emails went out last week on the gift certificates for the online store.  Will send to Matt and Bill Fuller shortly.
  • The committee is having a meeting this afternoon.  Jason G has been helping with the social media content, it automates through his software
  • Let us know if you are having any events that the IX can participate in. 
  • Contacts need to be updated in Zero

Tech Committee / CTO Report

  • Working on budget, projects and recurring expenses.  Most costs are support related – $14,500 starting in 2022, $1300 more patch panels, VMWare licensing, Veeam back-up etc is about $10,000.  Not looking to do everything, looking at options.
  • Had VMWare issues – fixed now.  
  • Amazon still not configured.
  • Involta is peering but no traffic yet.
  • Our peak traffic is 12.5 Gig but mainly staying around 9 Gig.
  • Need to get remote switch agreement and standards done.  Adam has done some technical  documentation – putting on Google Docs.
  • H5 is not peering and don’t intend to.  This is a violation of the remote switch agreement.

Old / New Business 

  • 2021 Budget Development – marketing committee discussing today and will provide budget request.   
  • Executive team authorization for financial changes / transactions.  Was discussed to change banks.  Want to authorize members of Executive Team to change banks and also be listed on the account.  Was discussed and moved that the Executive Team members should be listed on the account.  The current Executive Team is Brent Beatty, Kim Gerhart, Doug Payauys, and Nancy Tiemeier.  Going forward at the Annual meeting, the names of the Executive Team will be listed in the minutes to document who is approved.  This was moved by Brent and seconded by Luke. This was voted and approved. There was a second motion that any member of the Executive Team can make transactions against the same bank account.  This was moved by Brian and seconded by Todd.  This was voted and approved.
  • Insurance renewals – Telecom Ins Group – prepayment – 3 yrs E&O.  We are changing providers on the umbrella policy.
  • We are still working on our case for OARnet.
  • Annual meeting – usually in April but want to push until later in the summer so hopefully can do in person.  Want to do at Top Golf again.  Bresco had covered the money we paid last time so the IX was not out the money.  He will expense the cost.  We discussed having it on August 5th or August 12th.  Brent will check on availability and work to get it reserved.  

We will have the next meeting on Friday April 9th at 9:00.  Conference Bridge will be sent

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Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

February 2021 Ohio IX Meeting

February 11, 2021 Ohio IX Meeting

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

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved 

Governance – We need to file with the Secretary of State by June.  We will try to file online.  Kim has some information she needs to file as well and may have some of the information we need from what she needs to complete.  The Broadband bill looks like it will pass the Senate (Senate bill 8, House bill 2).  

Associate & Senior Member Applications – No new applications

Content Sourcing

  • Facebook putting 5 conduits in Columbus
  • PCH is sending out cache servers, they are running behind but should have in the next couple months

Marketing Committee 

  • The codes for the gift certificates for the online store have been created.  The committee is meeting today and will get the codes out to everyone.  It is taking about 3 weeks to get orders.
  • Accent is having a golf outing in mid-June.  They will allow the IX to have a sponsorship at no cost.
  • Let us know if you are having any events that the IX can participate in. 

Tech Committee

  • We provisioned the 2nd 10G port for Amazon (will be going to 4 – 10G)
  • US Signal, Watch and Starry are now online
  • The remote switch at H5 is about done, Integrated Network Concepts will be the first member.  We send H5 the remote switch tech form.
  • The support contract is due for the Juniper switches.  It is $987 for 12 months.  We should keep the support even though will be using the Arista switches.  We will still probably utilize these and if we let it drop, it is expensive to get it back.  It was moved and seconded to keep this support. Motion passed. 
  • Still waiting on the Arista gear to arrive.  Some is here but not all.  Will put together a timeline for the migration to this equipment.  It will be automatic deployable through the IXP Manager.  The development work is done, looking at probably April.  We will be doing a press release with them (They will provide a 30 day notice).  Our first year of support with them will be included.

CTO Report

  • Traffic is 10 Gig consistently
  • Talked about the Process Guide to connect to Amazon, Cloudflare and Fastly.  Adam is working on it, need to start with IXP Manager.  It is about 1/3 way done.
  • Brent has put something together for OARnet and will send to Doug for review.

Old / New Business 

  • Remote switch – issues with being open ended.  Going to check with MICE on what they do for their Remote Switch agreement.  Most agreed that the remote switch members should have a formal relationship with the IX.  If we get more members, it will reduce the cost for everyone.
  • Cyxtera DC – They have customers that want to connect to the IX.  There may be fiber between Cologix and Cyxtera.  Nancy is checking on her end and CEC checking as well.   Think it might be connected in the manhole.

Further discussion on gaining more eyeballs and bandwidth through big cable companies and others:

  • Rob Schema has some contacts; discussion specifically around WOW again and helping to connect them remotely if needed.  Lots of peering between WOW and OARnet (40 Gb?); Brent to add that to our justification with OARnet
  • Per Luke, Spectrum’s peering policy is not beneficial to us since they only peer in 8 markets?
  • Doug brought up peering with Verizon since they are rolling out home internet; Marijan suggest that might be easier than others since they already have a presence in Cologix through their XO assets
  • Discussion on T-Mobile for the same reasons; talk with Horizon and Everstream who both have direct relationships?
  • Matt posted a number of NE Ohio companies that would be worth looking at; Massillon Cable jumped out as one to target – Rob has a direct personal relationship that he could reach out to

We will have the next meeting on Thursday March 11th at 9:30.  Conference Bridge will be sent

January 2021 Ohio IX Meeting

Attendees:  Nancy Tiemeier, Luke Skidmore,  Doug Payauys, Adam Kujawski, Jason Gintert, Kim Gerhart, Todd Jackson, Rob Shema, Brent Beatty, Chris Cameron, Phil Maag, Brian Riley, Matt Moran, Mark Robinson (enfoPoint)

Roll call and Approval of Agenda – Completed

Secretary Report – Minutes Approved

Governance – N/A

Treasurer’s Report

Associate & Senior Member Applications – No new applications

Content Sourcing –

  • Reached out to Google and Netflix. Still working with both of them
  • Matt Moran will reach out to Microsoft
  • Facebook does do cache servers, we should re-look at working with them. They are bringing in  a lot of fiber in the area

Marketing Committee

  • The online store is setup and ready to go. We need to get the credits (gift certificate) out to everyone.  Chris will send the link to the board members.
  • Was moved that board members that are Associate members should get the $100 credit for all the work they have done. This was seconded and approved.
  • ONUG presentation went well, 35 to 40 attendees. There was good feedback on the presentation by Adam and Jason.  They are putting a video together that can be used to share information on the IX
  • Let the committee know if you are doing any in person events as the year goes on to determine if we want to participate

Tech Committee

  • Matt Moran has joined the committee
  • CentraCom is peering again.  They had an issue which we helped to resolve
  • Adam worked with Kim to streamline the application and technical questionnaire
  • Starry is now online – they had issues with their Cisco routers and BGP.
  • US Signal cross connect needs to be completed
  • Integrated Network Concepts waiting on H5 to connect
  • There has been some peering with Amazon. They are putting together peering information that we can send out to go over how to best peer with Amazon.  Will discuss with Marketing committee to get the information out.
  • We are consistently hitting over 10G in traffic. A year ago it was 1G!
  • Automating the IXP Manager into the route servers. Need to work with H5 to get their circuit up for the remote switch.

Old / New Business

  • Budget Development – Committees should let Doug know what they feel they will need this year. Please provide by next month’s meeting.
  • Nancy will send Doug the membership list
  • Remote Switch Agreement – Would like more specific information added. Items to discuss:
    • On ramp for the IX, not a representative of the IX
    • Requirement of membership, should they pay to be a member
    • No SLA available
    • Liability clause
    • Possible to sign that they are aware connecting through a remote switch

This will be discussed first with the technical committee and present a draft at the next meeting.

We will have the next meeting on Thursday, February 11th at 9:30.  Conference Bridge will be sent.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tiemeier

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