The Open-IX Association (OIX) has announced the appointment of Gabe Cole to the newly created position of executive director. Cole is responsible for overall strategy and execution of OIX’s mission, as well as general management and operations of OIX certification and member programs, and their international expansion.

“We are honored that Gabe Cole has accepted the position of Open-IX’s Executive Director,” states David Temkin, co-founder and chairman of the Open-IX Association. “Gabe’s invaluable service as the chair of the Data Center Standards Committee and leadership experience in the global data center and interconnection exchange markets make him a natural choice as Open-IX’s first executive director. His onboarding will be instrumental to Open-IX well as we push our expansion internationally.”

Cole is an accomplished technology executive with more than 20 years’ experience across data center, network, and cloud sectors. Prior to his appointment as Open-IX executive director, Cole served as the chair of the OIX Data Center Standards Committee, where he was charged with overseeing the development of facility, infrastructure and operating standards necessary to support installation of an Open-IX endorsed Internet exchange.

In 1993, Cole co-founded RTE Group, an infrastructure strategy consulting firm and real estate brokerage specializing in data centers, network interconnection exchanges and other mission critical facilities. He has personally worked on more than 150 engagements in North America and in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He also founded and / or participated in a number of venture-backed emergent technology companies, including Telwares, Virtustream, Verne Global, Enclave, and Ixpanse. He was one of three founders of CO Space, Inc., a leading provider of colocation and data Center facilities and related operations services. Cole holds a Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

‘It is a great honor to be entrusted with the stewardship of the Open-IX Association as it seeks to expand its mission internationally,” said Cole. “As global data center IP traffic is expected to grow steadily to reach seven zettabytes per year by 2017, it will become incumbent upon our organization to continue to establish consensus-based standards that will not only ensure performance, reliability and security for data centers and interconnection exchanges, but that in effect will protect the lifeblood and future growth of a global economy.”