I recently received a wonderful opportunity to attend SANOG 30 as a fellow. The event included a two-day conference, two days of tutorials and five days of workshops, and being a fellow, I got to enjoy the entire program.
The first day of the conference kicked off with a welcome address from Rajesh Chharia, President of ISPAI and an APNIC EC member, followed by presentations by keynote speakers from Tata Communications and BSNL who talked about past, current and future Internet scenarios and possibilities in India. What stood out most for me was the incredible work that these organizations are doing to expand and increase the capacity of their broadband services as well as their investment in networks to accomodate the Internet of Things (IoT).
Other topics that were discussed during the conference included peering, routing, IPv6 deployment in current networks, Internet Exchanges, IoT, and network security. Some of my highlights included presentations from:
- Arnold Nipper, who gave a very interesting presentation on peeringDB, which is a non-profit organization facilitating peering and Internet exchange globally.
- Philip Smith, who provided an updated analysis on the “Internet IPV4 routing table”, during which he talked about the history and present context of routing, route/prefix advertisement, and aggregation. The presentation contained statistics of changes in routing tables, AS announcements and the periodic growth of the IPv4 routing table. In addition, Philip also gave a presentation on RIPE Atlas and EBGP route propagation.
- Jonathan Brewer (telco2), who gave a presentation “Up in the sky” discussing satellite broadband, costs, feasibility, and relevant progress being made in the field.
- Navneet Nagori (LinkedIn), who talked about LinkedIn’s IPv6 deployment and its goal to be IPv6-only by 2018.
- Champika Wijayatunga (ICANN), who discussed everything from IoT and security potholes to cyber attacks during his DNSSEC and KSK rollover presentation.
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Following the conference, I participated in the DNSSEC tutorial and the Network Security workshop. The workshop focused on asset identification, security infrastructure, cryptography basics and DNSSEC. The best part was the hands-on lab exercises for DNS, cryptography, openVPN, and wireshark.
Overall, SANOG 30 provided an invaluable experience for us fellows to learn about the current state and future possibilities of network operations, to physically network with professionals and leaders, and instilled in us that we have a lot to offer to the community. I look forward to attending similar events in the near future.
Bhumika Sapkota is a networking and security enthusiast working as a Network Support Engineer at Classic Tech Pvt. Ltd, Nepal.
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