``Quo vadis Open-IX?"
Nikolaos Chatzis, Georgios Smaragdakis, Anja Fedlamann, and Walter Willinger
ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, 45(1), 2015.
The recently launched initiative by the Open-IX Association (OIX)
to establish the European-style Internet eXchange Point (IXP) model
in the US suggests an intriguing strategy to tackle a problem that
some Internet stakeholders in the US consider to be detrimental to
their business; i.e., a lack of diversity in available peering opportunities.
We examine in this paper the cast of Internet stakeholders
that are bound to play a critical role in determining the fate
of this Open-IX effort. These include the large content and cloud
providers, CDNs, Tier-1 ISPs, the well-established and some of the
newer commercial datacenter and colocation companies, and the
largest IXPs in Europe. In particular, we comment on these different
parties' current attitudes with respect to public and private
peering and discuss some of the economic arguments that will ultimately
determine whether or not the currently pursued strategy by
OIX will succeed in achieving the main OIX-articulated goal - a
more level playing field for private and public peering in the US
such that the actual demand and supply for the different peering
opportunities will be reflected in the cost structure.