IAA is pleased to announce the appointment of consultant Narelle Clark in a temporary 6-month role as General Manager of the Association, advising on our business and member engagement plans.

Many of our members will know Narelle as a data comms engineer with a strong focus on policy having worked in AARNet in its early days, Optus, CSIRO, the Internet Society and ACCAN.

Narelle has deep expertise in the internet and broader telecommunications industry and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Association through her many roles with the major telcos, research agencies and consumer bodies, as well as a leadership and governance background in the not-for-profit sector.

IAA Chair David Hooton sees Narelle’s appointment as a great opportunity for the Association.

“The IAA Board is delighted that Narelle has accepted this role and is looking forward to working together over the coming months,” explains David.

“Narelle’s extensive experience in the industry will be invaluable as she helps us complete our 2019/2020 strategic planning process.”

Narelle is currently the Principal Consultant with Pavonis where she advises companies in telecommunications regulation, operations and technology. She has sat on several industry-related boards and working groups as a consumer representative and is a sitting member of auDA’s Policy Review Panel, reviewing all policies that govern .au. Narelle also holds a seat on the board of the Public Interest Registry which operates the .org top-level domain.

Registrations are now open for APRICOT 2020 in Melbourne. As the host of next year’s event, IAA is offering its members discounted registration to attend the workshops and conference.

The Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT) is considered the largest technical conference in the region, bringing together internet engineers, networking experts, business leaders and government representatives from around the world.

Providing valuable opportunities for all participants to contribute to discussions on the latest operations, technologies and developments in the industry, APRICOT will also offer social and professional networking opportunities with like-minded peers.

It would be great to see our members join us at this event to take advantage of these opportunities here in Australia.

Call for Papers is also currently open and closes on 20 January 2020.

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.

Click here to register, adding the promotional code IAAMEMBER to receive the discounted rate. The code will need to be inputted on the payment page.

Follow our social media pages or join IAA’s APRICOT 2020 mailing list here to receive notifications.

At IAAs AGM in August, the Association announced it would be releasing Virtual Peering Ports in Q4 of this year, however, due to recent circumstances, all projects were temporarily suspended.

IAA, through its peering fabric IX Australia, is now ready to conduct an open beta of the VPP product and consult members and possible users of the product to determine the best construct.

To use a VPP, members will be able to order the 100M or 1G service delivered over their current infrastructure port, on a VLAN tag of their choice. Billing will be to the owner of the port with the aim of allowing members to sell peering as a service to downstream customers over their own infrastructure.

Downstream peering customers will still need to have their own NIC resources, essentially their own ASN and address space. A NOC contact at the downstream peer will still be required and BGP support queries can be sent directly to IX Australia by those contacts.

As indicated, the downstream customer will be able to use their own ASN and address space, which is also a qualification to use a VPP. NIC resources must be valid.

The 100M and 1G limits are specifically designed to allow IAA to provide a migration path for the downstream customer to matriculate to be a full member.

At this stage, prices are likely to be $30 and $90 ex GST, monthly per VPP. Price consultation and feedback will form part of this open beta process.

Suggested uses cases:

  • National Network Operator – blend your own peering to supplement transit, OR:  deliver peering ports from IX Australia sites in QLD, NSW, VIC, ACT, SA, WA and soon TAS.
  • Hosting Provider – a large content client has their own APNIC resources, wants to multi-home, order a VPP into the local IX to allow them to peer.
  • International Telco – using the local peering port as an NNI between internal clients and a local IX Australia POP.
  • MSP/Wholesale ISP – take out a large port on the IX for the prime purpose of providing enterprise customers access to peering, especially to MICROSOFT, GOOGLE and AWS cloud.

For more information on the consultation process or to indicate an EOI in VPP email peering@ix.asn.au

The Internet Association of Australia is now taking advance orders for its latest IX in Canberra’s Next DC C1 location.

Canberra’s new 10G ports are available to order via the Members Portal.

Members who peer on the IX Australia fabric in Canberra are able to purchase access to NSW-IX via Extended Reach Peering.

For more information email peering@ix.asn.au

Many of you will have heard the sad news of IAA’s General Manager Kellie Ireland’s sudden and unexpected passing last month.

Kellie was the vibrant, welcoming face of the Association for many years and is going to be deeply missed by both colleagues and community, who’s personal and professional lives she touched.

Kellie joined IAA in 2012, back when the Association was known as WAIA, as a part time bookkeeper. Her dedication and commitment to the role led to her being promoted to Executive Officer. During her time she oversaw the rebranding and expansion of the Association, proposing and growing the team from just herself to five staff in only two years.

Kellie thrived on the challenges that the growth and change bought and enjoyed working in an environment that allowed her to develop herself. She was an advocate for women in technology and the driving force behind the Unplugged event series where she loved catching up with members, the Board Charter and many more exciting things to come in 2020, including more community workshops.

Kellie was also instrumental in setting up AKL-IX and in the establishment of the New Zealand Internet Exchange. She continuously worked to help the committee, providing daily business operation and governance support. Kellie travelled to New Zealand for the first time in June 2018 to attend the NZIX AGM, after which was fondly known as a token kiwi at the society. Her most prized item of clothing was also her NZNOG hoodie which she would often wear to the office.

In April 2019 Kellie’s achievements and exemplary work ethic led the board to promote her to General Manager of the Association. As IAA’s General Manager Kellie was committed to seeing the IX being a strong part of the Australian internet landscape and support its growth to new markets, as well as the renewed focus in the non-IX parts of the Association.

Kellie was an integral part of the Association. Her love for her work and the internet community was undeniable and the Association and the board are looking to continue the work that she started and was so passionate about.

Plans for APRICOT 2020 are progressing with the Call for Papers and Fellowship applications opening this month.

As host for next year’s 25th anniversary event in Melbourne IAA welcomes any of our members to consider entering a paper for consideration.

APRICOT is looking for presenters with experience to undertake technical tutorials, participate as a conference speaker or facilitate panel discussions. For more information on submitting a paper or for topic suggestions visit https://2020.apricot.net/program/call-for-paper/

Since 2000 APRICOT has provided financial support to selected individuals from the Asia Pacific region to attend the conference through its Fellowship program. The program allows network engineers and operators from developing economies in the region to participate in the summit, l earn from regional and international experts, network with other Internet professionals, and be exposed to new insights and technology discussions.

The Fellowship will cover the cost of registration fees, accommodation and a contribution towards travel costs. Fellowship applications close on October 28, 2019. For more information about the Fellowship Award Package visit https://2020.apricot.net/fellowship/overview/

Registrations to attend APRICOT will be opening soon. Follow our social media pages or join IAA’s APRICOT 2020 mailing list here to receive notifications.

The Internet Association of Australia would like to thank members for attending the Annual General Meeting last week, or watching the event recording online.

The IAA Board would like to update members that successful nominee Chris Kawchuk of Virtutel has elected to resign from his position on the IAA Board. 

 “The role of the IAA Board is to provide the Association with governance and strategic direction,” explains IAA Board Chair David Hooton.    

“As a voluntary position we understand the time and effort commitment that our board members make and we would like to thank Chris for thoroughly considering the requirements of the position. We look forward to him engaging with the Association in the future in other roles.” 

This announcement now creates a vacancy for a new Corporate representative, which the Board addressed at their first meeting on Tuesday 10 September. The IAA Board have extended an invitation to Brett O’Hara of Vocus Communications to fill the casual vacancy, as he received the next highest number of votes at the Board election.  

“We’d like to welcome Brett to the IAA Board and look forward to his contributions to the future of the Association,” said Hooton. 

The 2019 Annual General Meeting was held last night at the Stamford Plaza Hotel, and it was great to see so many of our members attend.

As part of the AGM, elections were held to elect representatives to the Board. We are pleased to welcome three new members to the IAA Board, Jay Binks of Over the Wire and Chris Kawchuk of Virtutel, join the IAA Board as corporate representatives and Matthew McDonough has been appointed as a professional representative.

Current board members David Hooton, Nathan Brookfield and Daryl Collins were re-elected.

The Board would like to thank Matthew Enger for his work and commitment to the Association during his time on the board.

The members voted in support of the proposed Rule Changes. As acknowledged in the meeting, an error with one motion has been identified and the Board will follow this up and will report back to members with the outcome.

Due to some technical challenges the live stream was not able to be broadcast, however the full meeting can now be viewed online, and the slides are available to download here.

Meeting minutes and financials will be circulated to voting contacts shortly.

A number of upcoming projects were shared at the AGM, including

  • Implementation of a new member CRM
  • 2020 event program with more content-based events
  • Member offers to support APRICOT 2020
  • Free policy workshops
  • Establishing the IAA Advisory Council
  • Establishing an IAA Annual Conference

The Association continues to support delivering high quality technical services for our members, including improved automation and expanding the network to continue supporting our members growth.

The Board welcomes your feedback, if you would like to get in touch with the team please call 1300 653 132 or email membership@internet.asn.au

The Internet Association of Australia is continuing to expand its network with a new Point of Presence (PoP) in the nation’s capital.

IX Australia are currently working on the infrastructure that will go into Canberra’s NextDC C1 site, with the service due to be lit up at the end of September.

NextDC C1 is Canberra’s most connected data centre and the new peering point will have capacity back to NSW-IX, providing IAA members with greater options for their peering needs in the Australian Capital Territory. Members who peer on the IX Australia fabric in Canberra can purchase access to NSW-IX via Extended Reach Peering.

IXA’s existing ACT-IX site at TransAct DC will also have access to NextDC C1 and a new content caching farm will be deployed at the C1 site. IAA is working closely with some local partners to deploy waves into other locations for access to C1.

For more information on peering with IX Australia contact is via peering@ix.asn.au or see us at AusNOG!

IAA member Anycast Networks is leveraging IX Australia’s peering infrastructure with their introduction of 100G peering options.

Anycast currently operates the most peered network in Australia and has been a long-time supporter of the IX Australia peering fabric.

Former IAA President and now Anycast CEO, Tom Berryman is focused on supporting ISP and wholesale customers and expects strong growth in peering traffic through IXA’s enablement of 100G.

“Our growth with IX Australia has prompted us to bypass bundled 10G services,” explains Tom.

“Thanks to IXA’s economic modelling it has resulted in a more simplified network for Anycast and is helping support our growing customer base.”

IAA Chair David Hooton is delighted to see members of the Association grow and succeed.

“It is great to have a former IAA President continue to support the Association and it is wonderful to see members like Anycast growing so quickly.”