Internet service provider, AARNET is the latest member to take advantage of IAA’s network expansion into NextDC’s C1 location. More members will be coming on board shortly, as well as a Google Global Cache device.

NextDC C1 is Canberra’s most connected data centre and IAA is currently offering options of 10G and 40G ports, with Extended Reach and VLL’s back to Sydney.

Additional services to Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide will be available from Q2 of 2020, providing members with greater scope for their peering needs in the Australian Capital Territory.

Orders can be placed via the Member Portal or for more information contact the team on peering@ix.asn.au

IAA Chair David Hooton is pleased to announce the re-appointment of a Matthew Enger to the IAA board.  Matthew will rejoin as a Professional Representative, filling an open vacancy on the board.

For those who don’t already know Matthew, he is currently Managing Director at XI Integration. He has over 15 years’ worth of small business telco and ISP experience, including starting up his own business, Leap Telecommunications in 2015.

Excited by the opportunity, Matthew is looking forward to representing the professional members interests.

“IAA is already off to a big start to the year with the hosting of APRICOT and the launch of the new IX in Canberra. I am keen to work with the team on the plans for 2020 and beyond.”

“We would like to welcome Matthew back onto the IAA Board,” explains IAA Chair, David Hooton.

“Matthew has continued to support the work of the Association and with his industry experience, we are pleased to be able to reengage with him as we begin to implement our strategy for 2020.”

Welcome back, Matthew!

As we all watch on in shock at the impacts of Australia’s bushfire season on our beautiful country, and see communities devastated by the fires, IAA as an organisation felt compelled to reach out to our own community to see how we could help.

Many of our members have been affected by the fires and with regional communities impacted by outages, IAA have set up a relief pool with the aim of coordinating offers of support with those in need.

Are you or your business in need of equipment or practical assistance? Do you have anything that you could offer to help in this current situation?

IAA’s donation relief coordination is receiving positive response from the industry with many of our members making generous offers of networking equipment and personal time. The initiative was also mentioned in a recent article in the ITNews.

A list of items needed and on offer can be found on the IAA website. Examples include handheld radios, technical and infrastructure support and storage capacity. As soon as it is safe to do so we will do our best to coordinate getting people and gear into the areas of need.

If you would like to get involved please email donations@internet.asn.au or text/WhatsApp on +61412297043 and let us know what you have to donate or what help you need.

Only one month until APRICOT 2020 in Melbourne!

Have you registered for the conference yet? IAA members continue to receive discounted registration by using the promo code IAAMEMBER.

As in previous years, APRICOT 2020 will commence with a series of technical workshops prior to the conference.

The full five-day courses focus on key technical and operational subject areas and are usually highly interactive and include lab time or practical demonstration. Great for professional development, the workshops also help to brush up on or learn new skills in network and routing security, network monitoring, SDN, or virtualisation and cloud computing.

All workshops currently have availability, but numbers are limited, and workshops will close once full. For course content and requirements visit the APRICOT website

In addition, APNIC will be hosting its third Hackathon during this year’s conference. Applications are staying open for an additional week. If you are interested in taking part, register TODAY. It is FREE!

Participation is open to all. Candidates will be selected based on their skills, with the committee also considering diversity and geographic spread. You do not need to know a specific programming language or technology, but you must bring your own computer to the Hackathon.

For more information, including the application form and key dates visit the APRICOT 2020 website.

IAA is looking for an experienced Peering Engineer to join our team.

This unique role is based remotely, and we are currently taking applications from any major capital city in Australia or New Zealand.

You will be part of a small, dedicated team where your skills will have a real impact within the internet community. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work on a range of systems and technologies and be involved with exciting new projects.

Some of the key responsibilities will include:

  • The provision and troubleshooting of Internet Peering Services
  • Maintaining and monitoring of Internet Peering Networks
  • Executing project work – new sites, migrations etc
  • Identifying and providing input on improvements to networks and process
  • Participating in a 24×7 on-call rotation

For more information about the role or for details on how to apply visit our Seek ad.

Applications close 5pm, Friday 31st January 2020.

Support for members and community affected by the fires

Dear Member,

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.