The Euro-IX Association
Euro-IX (European Internet Exchange Association) was formed in May 2001 with the intention to further develop, strengthen and improve the Internet Exchange Point (IXP) community.
A number of Internet Exchange Points recognised a need to combine their resources so as to co-ordinate technical standards across the continent, develop common procedures, and share and publish statistics and other information. This publishing of information would in turn give all interested parties a better insight into the world of IXPs.
Euro-IX is an association of European Internet Exchanges, promoting an open interchange of ideas and experiences, gained to mutual advantage of the membership, by offering fora, meetings, mailing lists and on-line resources. Euro-IX also gathers information on regulatory issues affecting member exchanges within the region and where appropriate from other jurisdictions that could potentially impact on the membership. General meetings and fora will be held within the Euro-IX area but membership from other exchanges outside the region is encouraged and such members are welcome to attend our meetings; contribute to and benefit from our shared expertise and experiences. Euro-IX welcomes contact with other regional associations and pledges to liaise and cooperate with those that emerge.
Euro-IX for the IXPs
Euro-IX aims to increase the presence of European IXPs, this is achieved in two ways. Firstly, via this web site portal giving the necessary essential information for ISPs throughout the world looking to connect to a European IXP. Secondly by representing the member IXPs at Internet related events in both Europe and globally via a neutral Euro-IX representative. The outcome of this increased presence attempts to increase the membership of the IXP, thus giving their member ISPs a larger number of potential peering partners. Via purpose built mailing lists and member only web pages, internal knowledge of the IXP community is exchanged and developed thus improving the European Internet community as a whole. Euro-IX for the IXP
Euro-IX for the ISPs
With the ever increasing amount of IXPs situated around Europe, the 'new comer' or 'looking to expand' ISP can receive guidance in attempting to work out where or which IXP is best suited to their individual needs. Via both the Euro-IX database and an IXP services matrix the ISP is assisted in making the above mentioned decision. Once a potential IXP has been spotted the ISP is assisted further via a contact form and individual IXP information pages on the web site. Euro-IX for the ISP
Euro-IX for the general IP community
With now more than 70 member IXPs and over 3,600 connected customers to these member IXPs, Euro-IX represents a large part of the European IP community. For this reason a substantial amount of interest might be directed towards Euro-IX by politicians, regulators, vendors and other industry related sectors. Vendors of industry related equipment, find themselves in an ideal customer specific marketplace. Euro-IX can offer the opportunity for these vendors and IXPs to come together and exchange ideas and in turn produce industry specific equipment and services.