Following on from the article in last month’s newsletter IAA have been working through the steps to implement Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS).  In our efforts to keep the IXP secure, we plan to facilitate a roundtable with the MANRS.org team to start promoting best practice in routing security to members.

For more information email peering@ix.asn.au

IX Australia is aware several of our members are currently in NEXTDC’s Melbourne M2 data centre with a line to M1 through a third-party carrier for peering.

The team at IX Australia are keen to hear if our members would be interested in us delivering services at M2. Should we build a new POP there?

Please email peering@ix.asn.au with the topic M2 EOI to express your interest.

Due to the current situation arising from COVID-19, our 2020 events plan will be postponed until we can ensure meeting face to face is safe for our staff, members and the wider community.

As an alternative to in person socials, we are working towards running online social and professional development events including meet ups, webinars and workshops.

We would love to know if there are any topics or issues you would like us to cover. Even if you just want to hang out via Zoom or have a Netflix Party with BYO refreshments, please let us know! Email your suggestions to events@internet.asn.au

IAA has seen a more than 30% increase in aggregate traffic across our IXs over the last two weeks. Previously, it would have taken 6 to 12 months for this sort of growth.

Rather than the usual traffic pattern, the increase is hitting the internet right across the day. With businesses and schools changing the way they work, and migrating almost entirely to streaming and telecommuting, residential services are bulking up during the day. We are also experiencing greater than normal peaks during the evening between 7pm and 9pm.

“People are clearly adjusting to life at home and we’ve seen a massive increase in usage over the last fortnight,” says IAA General Manager, Narelle Clark.

“We normally peak at just over 500Gbps in aggregate across all the exchanges, but last Friday night we almost hit 700Gbps. This is great news for social distancing efforts, and we are working around the clock to ensure all services remain reliable and uncongested.”

IAA has recently renewed its sponsorship of the interconnection database PeeringDB.

PeeringDB is a database of networks, exchanges and places of interconnection. It uses data that members enter to drive connectivity.

Companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and many others use the database to make decisions on where to build out new locations.

IAA encourages members to create an account to register their details on PeeringDB. For members already listed on the database, it is essential you ensure your details are kept up to date. Alternatively, you can select ‘Allow IXP Update” and we will update your existing records.

“PeeringDB is a fantastic source of information for the industry, it provides a single source of truth for network operators to determine where they should be and who to peer with,” explains IAA Secretary, Nathan Brookfield.

“We really encourage our members to join and maintain their own information. The more members we have listed in the database, the more information prospective peers have to locate your network and it provides an incentive for new networks to build in Australia and join our exchanges.”

“IAA has been supporting PeeringDB over the past few years and is proud to support this valuable public resource through ongoing sponsorship into the future.”

As the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate in Australia and around the world, IAA is placing a high priority on business continuity and have put measures in place to do this safely for our staff and members.

IAA recognises its role as a provider of critical infrastructure and our team will be working hard to ensure continuity for member’s businesses during this time of uncertainty.

Over the coming weeks, IAA will be undertaking the following:

  • Upgrading networks to handle the increase in network traffic
  • Deferring any unnecessary work
  • Restricting major changes to essential only
  • Reassessing our spares, extra port availability and remote hands service to ensure any failures are dealt with rapidly
  • Providing or coordinating the use of remote hands services to reduce travel and maximise skilled staff availability
  • Adhering strictly to pandemic protocols in place in data centre facilities

At this point, we do not anticipate any significant impact on our ability to deliver services. The IAA team are well accustomed to working from home and our systems are designed for this.

Should you have any questions or need further information about how we are managing the delivery of your services, please reach out to us. We in turn will continue to assess the situation and keep members updated.