The IX Australia network enjoys continued growth with the launch of a new POP at Over the Wire’s flagship facility at 100 Wickham in Queensland. QLD-IX is part of the IX-Australia network operated by the Western Australian Internet Association (Inc).

“Extending our reach to Over the Wire’s datacenter at 100 Wickham provides increased peering options for our members,” said IX-Australia Technical Manager, Joe Wooller. “WAIA appreciates the efforts of Over the Wire for assisting with this expansion.”

Over the Wire’s General Manager of Voice and Data, Ben Cornish, commented that “The new POP will improve peering services offered between Over the Wire and IX Australia and will provide customers from both companies with yet another mutually beneficial point of interconnection.”

“It is exciting to see the IX Australia network continue to grow,” said WAIA President Pawel Mrugalski. “As a member owned and operated not for profit, it is essential for the network to meet the needs of our members and we are pleased to facilitate more POPs where they are needed.”

A full list of IX-Australia participants is available at http://www.ix.asn.au/peering.html.

For further information on peering from 100 Wickham on QLD-IX or any of the IX-Australia peering points please contact IX-Australia Technical Manager, Joe Wooller, on 1300 653 132 or peering@ix.asn.au or visit www.ix.asn.au.

The Western Australian Internet Association (WAIA) has appointed a new President, Pawel Mrugalski, following Richard Keeves’ decision to step down at the February Executive Committee meeting.

Pawel has been involved with WAIA for the past three years on the Executive Committee and was recently appointed Secretary at the 2013 AGM. During a short but busy term as Secretary, Pawel has been involved in the expansion of the IX Australia network assisting Joe Wooller. Gavin Tweedie has now been appointed Secretary and will be supported by Pawel due to his involvement in a number of ongoing projects.

“Richard’s hard work and support of WAIA has been extremely valuable,” said Pawel. “We are pleased that Richard will continue to lend his expertise on the Executive as a Committee Member.”

“Throughout his term as President, Richard has helped WAIA go from strength to strength. Seeing the great milestones and achievements of our team in the expansion of IX Australia, the opening of WAIA’s Storeroom 2 facility, as well as celebrating WAIA’s sixteenth birthday. We will continue to see the results of Richard’s work as projects in development are prepared for launch.”

“I am very excited about my new role as President of WAIA,” said Pawel. “I appreciate the support the Executive Committee have shown me and I hope to have a pivotal role in helping both WAIA and IX Australia to continue to grow, providing the services our members need.”

After Richard stepped down from his role of President of WAIA, Richard Keeves explained he thought it was time for WAIA to have new senior leadership.

“With the successful national growth of IX Australia, I thought now was the ideal time for a new person to take over as President,” he said. “The national network of peering exchanges now established by WAIA under the IX Australia brand are a great benefit to Internet companies and their customers across Australia. Running this infrastructure for our members is becoming the key focus for WAIA. It’s a very technical area, and in reality my interests lie elsewhere… my expertise and focus is far more in digital strategy, digital marketing and online business. I recognised it was best for someone more technically-focused to take on the leadership role of WAIA.”

“It was pleasing that my nomination of Pawel Mrugalski to take over from me as President of WAIA was supported unanimously by the other members of the WAIA Executive, and I sincerely wish Pawel well with his new position.”

“I was President of WAIA from 2004 to 2008, and more recently from September 2012 to February 2014. I think I’ve served WAIA well both as President and on the Executive for 10 years. I intend to stay on the Executive for the moment and to continue to contribute to WAIA’s growth and development, but just not in the role of President.”

As a member driven association Pawel is looking forward to getting to know the membership. If you would like to speak to Pawel he can be contacted on pawel@waia.asn.au or 1300 653 132.

Following IX Australia’s move to price parity across all IXs back in July, a further price reduction is being issued across the network with 10GigE peering reducing from $550 (exc GST) per month to $450 (exc GST per month).

As a member driven not-for-profit association, WAIA makes it a priority to ensure our members are delivered a range of services at the best price possible.

“We are pleased to provide enhanced value on our services across the IX Australia network” said WAIA Treasurer Paul Arch. “Our pricing reductions provide members with Australia’s most competitive solution, paving the way for greater speed increases and exciting new member services across the network.”

If you would like to upgrade your peering please contact Technical Manager Joe Wooller on peering@ix.asn.au or phone 1300 653 132.

WAIA continues to provide new services for members. WAIA is pleased to announce that Colo is available for members within Storeroom 2 at QV1.

Members can take 4RU of space with 1 amp power at a cost of $250 exc GST per month. Available now, limited to one place per member on a first come basis. Additional space can be taken from from 1 January 2014

For more details please contact Technical Manager Joe Wooller on joe@waia.asn.au or phone 1300 653 132.

The WAIA AGM was held on Tuesday 24 September at The Hyatt in Perth. It was great to see so many of our members in person. Thank you to all who took the time to come down and participate.

The AGM included a special resolution to introduce changes to the Constitution. These were voted in unanimously by the members present. The changes will now be lodged with the Department of Commerce. You can read about the constitutional changes here.

Elections were held to fill three seats on the Executive Committee. With a significant number of postal votes, as well as the votes of those present, we are pleased to confirm the re-election of Professional representative Gavin Tweedie, the re-election of Corporate representation Pawel Mrugalski of Ciphertel, and welcome Mark Dignam of DC Two who is now elected to the Executive Committee.

A special thank you to the team from Perth Linux Users group (PLUG) who kindly streamed our meeting online, a first for WAIA. We hope that some of our members interstate and overseas were able to watch along.

If we weren’t able to attend you can catch up on all the action here.

Can’t make it to the AGM? Stream it online!

WAIA has grown to include many interstate (and overseas) members, so this year we are streaming our AGM so that everyone can watch online. A special thanks to the team at Perth Linux Users Group (PLUG) who will be managing the broadcast. To find the stream online go to http://icecast.plug.org.au:8000 at 6:30pm AWST when AGM formalities commence.

WAIA will be sending updates on the AGM streaming via Twitter and Facebook, so follow us or like us so you catch all the updates live.

President’s report can be downloaded from here.

WAIA is selling a second hand Cisco 7606 loaded with the following;

NAME: “CISCO7606”, DESCR: “Cisco Systems Cisco 7600 6-slot Chassis System”
NAME: “module 1”, DESCR: “WS-X6704-10GE CEF720 4 port 10-Gigabit Ethernet Rev. 1.5”
NAME: “module 2”, DESCR: “WS-X6748-SFP CEF720 48 port 1000mb SFP Rev. 1.3”
NAME: “module 3”, DESCR: “WS-X6748-GE-TX CEF720 48 port 10/100/1000mb Ethernet Rev. 2.3”
NAME: “module 4”, DESCR: “WS-X6348-RJ-45 48 port 10/100 mb RJ45 Rev. 1.1”
NAME: “module 6”, DESCR: “WS-SUP720-3BXL 2 ports Supervisor Engine 720 Rev. 4.0”
NAME: “msfc sub-module of 6”, DESCR: “WS-SUP720 MSFC3 Daughterboard Rev. 2.1”
NAME: “switching engine sub-module of 6”, DESCR: “WS-F6K-PFC3BXL Policy Feature Card 3 Rev. 1.3”
NAME: “PS 1 PWR-2700-AC”, DESCR: “AC power supply, 2700 watt 1”
NAME: “PS 2 PWR-2700-AC”, DESCR: “AC power supply, 2700 watt 2”

If you are interested please contact Joe Wooller on joe@waia.asn.au for more information.

As a member driven not-for-profit association, WAIA makes it a priority to deliver a range of services that provide the best possible benefit for our member community.

As part of successful expansion, IX-Australia peering services will move to price parity across all exchanges in the IX-Australia network, effective for September services. This means 1GB peering will be reduce from $500 (ex. GST) per month to $350 (ex. GST per month) and 10GB peering will reduce from $800 (ex. GST) to $550 (ex. GST) per month in VIC-IX and QLD-IX.

“As a not-for-profit association we look for ways to provide the best services at the lowest possible price,” said WAIA Treasurer Paul Arch. “We are pleased to announce a price reduction in Victoria and Queensland, bringing our prices in line across the entire IX-Australian network.”

“This shows great value for money for those peering in Victoria and Queensland and we expect to see many of our peers look at this as an opportunity to expand and upgrade.”

Our current pricing structure can be seen here.

If you would like to upgrade your peering please contact Technical Manager Joe Wooller on joe@waia.asn.au or phone 1300 653 132.

Tim Nagy from Juniper Networks presented a talk at the WAIA special meeting on “Defining your NBN Service Offerings” following the WAIA Special General Meeting held in April.

Tim’s talk was very technically focused around the overview NBN Connectivity mechanics. His presentation stepped through choosing a subscriber termination type, automating subscriber connections and sample BNG builds compatible with NBN. Tim also covered advanced topics such as CoS and billing integration.

“Many members who attended found that Tim’s presentation to be very technically informative and brought awareness of integral service provider NBN components,” said WAIA Executive member Pawel Mrugalski.

Tim’s talk focused on the technologies around the NBN services and showcased a number of Juniper product technologies that will meet the required applications needed to enable carrier services within the NBN.

Juniper presented a door prize a lucky few winners with a SRX100 Juniper router.

WAIA would like to thank Juniper and Vizstone on the presentation and their continued support of the Association.

A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here

Defining Your NBN Service Offerings

MEDIA RELEASE
Tuesday 2 July, 2013

IX-Australia expands to Sydney

The WA Internet Association (WAIA) announces the launch of the fifth peering point in the IX-Australia network with NSW-IX now live.

NSW-IX is a carrier-neutral peering exchange service, initially available within Equinix SY1/SY2 in Mascot.

NSW-IX is part of the highly successful IX-Australia network with peering exchanges in Western Australia (WA-IX), Victoria (VIC-IX), Queensland (QLD-IX) and South Australia (SA-IX).

“Expanding our network to New South Wales was the next logical step for IX-Australia” said IX-Australia Technical Manager, Joe Wooller. “As the operators of one of the longest running Internet Exchange Points in Australia, we thoroughly understand peering services and the needs of our members. We are excited to bring these services to New South Wales.”

“WAIA is delighted to add this new service for our existing members and welcome new members,” said WAIA President Richard Keeves. “As a member owned and operated not for profit, WAIA is able to provide reliable and stable peering solutions for our members across Australia.”

“Our strengths lie in providing commercially neutral, carrier independent and ISP independent services.”

“WAIA has been operating exchanges for more than sixteen years and has a proven track record in the industry.”

WAIA welcomes foundation peers AARNet, Anticlockwise, Cine.net, Cloudfare, Highwinds, RWTS, Simtronic, Virtutel, Vocus, Yahoo, and Zettanet; and provisioning peers Akamai, Amazon Web Services, Cachefly, Google, iiNet, Microsoft, Over the Wire, Primus, Service Australia and Service Elements.

A full list of IX-Australia participants is available at https://www.waia.asn.au/ix/participants.

WAIA invites all interested parties to join NSW-IX. During the start up phase of the exchange participants will incur no costs from WAIA for the duration of the pilot phase of the exchange.

For further information on NSW-IX or any of the IX-Australia peering points please contact IX-Australia Technical Manager, Joe Wooller, on 1300 653 132 or joe@waia.asn.au or visit www.ix.asn.au.

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