Community IX Appoints Randy Epstein As Executive Director
- People Moves
- 12.05.2021 03:45 pm
Community IX a Non Profit 501(c)6 Internet Exchange (IX), announces that the Board has appointed Randy Epstein as the organization’s first Executive Director. In this newly formed position, Randy will have full oversight and responsibility for the company’s IX’s in Atlanta, GA (CIX-ATL) and Miami, Florida (FL-IX), with operational, technical and administrative responsibilities of the volunteer-led organization.
“As a Co-Founder of Community IX, Randy Epstein has been a committed volunteer since our inception,” comments Dave Temkin, Chair and Co-Founder of Community IX. “As our operations continue to grow, and more networks adopt peering as a go-to interconnection solution, proven to improve internet performance and lower costs, it’s important that we formalize our structure with a full-time leader who can help take us to the next level.”
As the Executive Director of Community IX, Randy Epstein, will be responsible for the day to day business operations while taking on a more leadership and active role among the board. In this role, Randy is responsible to abide by the company’s bylaws, host annual elections among its members, liaise with vendors, oversee all financial obligations of the organization, all the while ensuring optimal infrastructure performance across its highly distributed IX’s in Atlanta and Miami.
“It is an honor to be appointed the first Executive Director of Community IX and I look forward to continuing to help grow our reach and connect more networks,” comments Randy Epstein, Executive Director of Community IX. “Over the past six plus years, I’ve had the pleasure to onboard our many volunteers, work side-by-side with our Board and Technical Committee to ensure smooth operations while growing and expanding our reach. I am excited to continue our mission and commitment to high standards, raising the bar on what community-led IX’s can do for the markets they serve.”
Co-Founded by Dave Temkin in 2015, with colocation, equipment, and hardware donated by Netflix, Zayo, and Host.net (now 365 Data Centers), Community IX is funded by its member organizations and supported by volunteer network engineers across the industry. Today, Community IX is one of the most distributed non-profit IXs of its kind and the largest in the Southeast US. Formed out of the need to increase access to and enable an open exchange of internet traffic, Community IX is accessible from the most number of data center and colocation operators in each market it serves. Today, Community IX is available from over 20 data centers, interconnecting over 160 networks and has a throughput of over 7.5 Tbps. Since forming its operations, Community IX has implemented and maintained the highest standards for interconnection, providing 10G-100G and soon 400G connectivity solutions, while achieving 100% uptime.