Strong community support for Hong Kong NOG 3.0

By on 23 Sep 2016

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The third full-day Hong Kong Network Operators Group (HKNOG) meeting was another record breaking HKNOG event. More than 140 people attended; there were 13 partners, 10 presentations and six lightning talks.

At HKNOG 3.0, it was our honour to have Hong Kong Legislative Council member, Charles Mok, give a brief opening and share his connection with the Internet industry, which began early in his career.

George Michaelson of APNIC gave the keynote presentation, ‘A Review of current worldwide IPv6 deployment’. It was illuminating as always and resonated with representatives from the local operators who were attending.

The topic of IPv6 was further elaborated upon by Nurul Roman Islam from APNIC and Tomohiro Fujisaki from NTT. Their presentations, ‘IPv6 Deployment Architecture for Broadband Access Networks’ and ‘IPv6 deployment status in Japan’, provided very good perspectives from overseas. Needless to say, IPv6 is the future and will continue to be a feature of HKNOG events in future.

Security was another hot topic. Tim Nam from Cisco shared his view on ‘The Security for Digital Age’. We also had security researcher, Duncan Wong, from ASTRI Hong Kong, share his experience with ‘Ransomware: The Most Profitable Malware’. Both presentations were well received by the audience, especially given most of us are eager to learn about ransomware and ways to deal with it.

In the afternoon, Issac Wong of Infinera gave the second keynote on ‘Building the Next Generation of Optical Networks’. Anurag Bhatia followed this with an analysis of the Root DNS in South Asia, a jump from layer 1 to layer 3 in the Internet infrastructure. The analysis was very well prepared and did bring up some fundamental issues of anycast DNS holistically.

As a NOG event, we also had a number of technology updates including those from Ivan Wong (Brocade) who presented ‘What’s driving SDN/NFV?’, Peter Landon (Juniper) who gave an ‘Optical Primer’, and Daniel Leung (Smartone) who gave us ‘A Tour of Mobile Data Technology Evolution’.

Due to the demand for speaking slots and opportunities to share ideas and updates, HKNOG 3.0 introduced Lightning Talk sessions, which went for 10 minutes each. Speakers made good use of these slots to share their ideas, including Che-Hoo Cheng’s HKIX Update, Yannick San-A-Jong’s ‘The AMS-IX Portal and Autoprovisioning’, Mike Ng’s ‘Data Centers in the Cloud Age – Connectivity and Capacity’, Dr. Dion Leung’s ‘Emerging Technologies for Data Centre Interconnection (DCI)’, Mr. Addison Chi’s ‘Routing in the Cloud Titans’ and Zen Ng’s ‘Whois Your Organization?’. Presentation decks and photos are being uploaded to the HKNOG web page.

Preceding HKNOG 3.0 was a well-received two day APNIC Training course on Network Security. We’re glad that we were able to co-organize two events to improve synergy.

Finally, a good NOG meeting could not end without a social event, which was sponsored by our long term partner, Equinix. Around 50 people attended the social, making for a great ending to HKNOG 3.0.

Stay tuned for the next HKNOG event.

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