This month we look back at all we achieved in 2019, implement a new status page and ask you to have an input into the work we undertake in the New Year.

Read our December 2019 newsletter here

This month we are offering discounted registration for APRICOT 2020 and consulting members on Virtual Peering Ports.

Read our November 2019 newsletter here 

Have you registered for APRICOT 2020 yet? It has never been cheaper to attend next year’s conference! Early bird registrations are open until December 31st and IAA members receive a further discount on tickets by using the promo code IAAMEMBER.

As the exclusive airline partner for the 2020 conference Qantas is also offering registered delegates discounted airfares to Melbourne. To receive this exclusive discount, flights need to be booked via the APRICOT website.

Considered Asia Pacific’s largest internet peering conference, APRICOT 2020 offers members and the Internet community professional development opportunities, as well as the chance to contribute to discussions on the current and developing internet networking technologies and trends. Click here for the workshop and conference schedules.

APRICOT 2020 will be held at Crown Promenade Melbourne. The workshops will run from 12-16 February 2020 and the conference from 18-21 February 2020.

The IAA Board and staff will be at APRICOT 2020; it would be great to see our members there too.

As we approach the end of another year, we would like to thank our members for their invaluable support throughout 2019.

IAA faced a uniquely challenging and difficult year with the tragic loss of our General Manager Kellie Ireland. Her vision and dedication saw the Association achieve some great wins and we will continue to work on the projects she started and inspired.

Some of our highlights for 2019 include:

  • Completing the first year of our social event program, Unplugged.
  • Signing a contract to host APRICOT 2020 in Melbourne.
  • Running the first in a series of free policy workshops to help members with regulatory compliance.
  • Continuing to support the Internet community through our sponsorship of AusNOG and PeeringDB.
  • Continuing to support NZIX with a new two-year agreement extension.
  • Expanding our network with new points of presence in Canberra’s Next DC C1 and Sydney’s MacTel.

As we move into the new year, we will continue to build our events program and professional development opportunities, including more content-based events, such as our policy workshops. We will be integrating a new CRM system to increase engagement with members and the internet community; and we will be working to establish a new IX in Tasmania.

From everyone at IAA, we wish you a safe and joyful Christmas and New Year and look forward to an exciting 2020.

IX Australia recently circulated a Market Research Survey to members. The purpose of the short survey is to help guide us on planning more sites and services in 2020.

The survey is available publicly to non-members via the following link- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3DQ6M2G

We would love to have your input into the work we undertake in the new year. If you have any questions regarding the survey, please email us at peering@ix.asn.au

The information provided in the survey will be for our internal use only and not provided to third parties.

IX Australia has this week launched its new status page detailing outages within the network. As a public status page, members can register to receive free updates for particular outages, outages by state, or for all incidents.

The status page has been linked to the @IXAustralia twitter account to post updates (prefix [IX Status]) from the platform.  Automation in the background can trigger notifications for our critical network elements.  PagerDuty has been chosen for managing callouts and Statuspage.io is providing their service at a generous non-profit discount.

IX Australia’s latest point of presence is now live in NEXTDC’s Canberra C1 facility. Our peering engineers have been working hard to install 10G and 40G ports, with backhaul to Sydney now operational and available via Extended Reach and VLL’s.

Members can currently order:

  • 10G or 40G Peering Ports
  • NSW-IX Extended Reach – Unprotected
  • NSW-ACT VLLs – Unprotected

Coming in Q2 2020:

  • VIC-IX Extended Reach
  • ACT-MEL, ACT-VIC, ACT-PER, ACT-ADL VLLs
  • NSW-IX Extended Reach – Protected
  • NSW-ACT VLLs – Protected

Members have already started taking advantage of this new service. Orders can be placed via the Member Portal or for more information contact the team on peering@ix.asn.au

IX Australia is also calling on members and prospects in Equinix BR1, AE1, CA1 and PE1 to express interest in having IXA provide ports in those old Metronode sites.

IAA would like to thank Jason Dale for his time served as a professional member on the IAA Board over the past 2 years. Jason has dedicated his own time to this role but has decided to move on due to personal commitments. His input into the work of the Association will be missed.