WAIA were pleased to send a team from the Executive to attend the 6th Annual AusNOG conference held in Melbourne in September. With a limit of 200 delegates this exclusive conference provides a valuable opportunity for the Australian network engineering community, ISP’s and content providers a great event to explore, discuss technical and exchange ideas.

The two full days were filled with key presentations on a range of topics and specific projects relevant to Australian Network Operators. A detailed insight was provided on new hardware technology, security, network environment and dynamic applications as well as opportunity for delegates to discuss current operational issues and ideas.

Pawel Mrugalski (WAIA Executive) who attended the event for a second year representing CipherTel said “This is an important event to gain direction within the industry, benchmark your own technical skills and increase your knowledge amongst industry contacts”.

Also representing WAIA were Technical Manager, Joe Wooller, as well as Executive Members Petar Nikolich, Chris Markovic and Gavin Tweedie (also a member of the AusNOG board).

The WAIA Executive committee encourages all members with an interest in networking with industry leaders to attended AusNOG 2013 in Sydney next year.

WAIA hosted a pre AusNOG social networking event in Brisbane on Monday 3rd September 2012 at The Laneway Bar. This event brought together current and new peers providing an opportunity to unwind, chat and thank everyone who has taken a part in the establishment of QLD-IX network.

Joe Wooller, Pawel Mrugalski and Chris Markovic from WAIA were pleased with the outcome and the amount of support WAIA has been received from the industry in Brisbane. “This was a fantastic night where I made new friends and got the opportunity to share industry experiences. Being involved in the of QLD-IX has been a valuable experience and an important telecommunications industry moment. The presence of QLD-IX significantly has assisted many service providers within Brisbane,” said Pawel Mrugalski.

People are the most important part of any network and this event gave team from WAIA the opportunity to put a face to the name of the local peers at QLD-IX. Joe Wooller said “The QLD-IX has enabled peers to access a high standard product and a competitive market solution, much needed in the Queensland market”. The QLD-IX has shown steady growth and WAIA is still looking for more peers to join the Internet Exchange.

Sean Finn, Oz Servers C.T.O, and good friend of WAIA in QLD said “As a leading Australian and Queensland dedicated server provider we are constantly and continually looking for ways to cost effectively increase our network capacity; reduce our network latency and increase our network resilience. The introduction of QLD-IX met all of these requirements for us. We were an early adopter in QLD and have seen our traffic levels steadily increase as new peers come on board. A good ten percent of our network traffic is already traversing QLD-IX. As a result of the success of our connectivity to QLD-IX, Oz Servers is looking at connecting directly into VIC-IX in the immediate future is considering privately connecting all the way to WA-IX. If you have network in QLD and have your own public network and AS Number, you should start a conversation with the QLD-IX Team.”

For more information on peering please contact WAIA Technical Manager Joe Wooller on 1300 653 132 or joe@waia.asn.au

The Western Australian Internet Association is proud to announce its support of the Smarter Digital RoadMaps for Retailers pilot program, part of the WA Government’s WA Business Online initiative.

If you provide services to retailers, we encourage you to learn more at www.DigitalRoadMaps.org.

WAIA is a Foundation Supporter of this innovative and unique program specifically designed to assist Western Australian retailers succeed in the online space.

It is often difficult for retailers to find the online expertise they need. The Smarter Digital RoadMaps for Retailers pilot program brings together a range of experts and specialists to help retailers become more digitally street-smart.

The program runs from November 2012 to mid-2013 and consists of a range of free resources for Western Australian retailers. These include webinars, specially produced resource guides, a new WA Service Provider database and a Retail Forum event to be held in 2013. There is also an intensive coaching and guidance program available for up to 12 retailers at a heavily subsidised fee.

The Smarter Digital RoadMaps for Retailers pilot program is developed and directed by Richard Keeves, Smarter Web Strategies.com in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Western Australia with grant funding from the WA Government.

For more information on the Smarter Digital RoadMaps for Retailers pilot program visit www.DigitalRoadMaps.org