Record numbers participate at HKNOG 6.0

By on 16 Mar 2018

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Over 180 people attended the Hong Kong Network Operators Group’s recent conference, HKNOG 6.0, held earlier this month.

It was another record breaking HKNOG event thanks to many overseas participants taking the opportunity to transit through Hong Kong after APRICOT 2018.

We were delighted to again welcome one of our favourite speakers, Geoff Huston (APNIC), who delivered his presentation ‘Death of Transit in the Internet’ — a very illuminating and thought-provoking presentation discussing the implications of transit changes in terms of public policies for the Internet.

Network security was again a prominent talking point with presentations by CF Chui (Arbor Networks) and SC Leung (HKCERT) respectively, discussing practical tips on how to survive a DDOS attack and a new initiative, called SPIRITS, to promote network security practice among service providers.

It would not be a NOG event without presentations on network operations — these help bring new ideas to network engineers to improve their network. Tom Paseka (Cloudflare) shared his view on ‘Next Generation Networks: will automation put us out of jobs?’; Vincent Boon (OpenGear) talked about ‘Choosing an orchestrations tool Ansible and Salt’; Anup Changaroth (Ciena) discussed ‘The Submarine Network Game and the Implications of Shannon’s Limit’; and Seiko’s Kohei Suzuko presented on ‘Time synchronization at various scenes’.

Locals sharing their experiences have been a key success of HKNOG. That said, local attendees are always interested in learning from overseas operators as well, particularly the big players. Facebook’s Matt Jansen gave an open presentation on Facebook and its Edge, Walt Wollny shared the story of  how Hurricane Electric has established 150 Exchange Points and its plans for the future, Christian Kaufmann led us on a journey through Akamai’s backbone, SUNeVision’s Mike Ng gave a detailed presentation on data center connectivity, @Tokyo’s Sho Monden discussed data center market trends in Japan, Globe Telecom’s Achie Atienza discussed the Internet Landscape in his homeland the Phiippines, and Aleksandar Mitro talked about the peering ecosystem at AMS-IX’s exchange in Hong Kong.

In his concluding remarks, Kenneth Chan (HKNOG and HKIX) announced that Peering Asia 2.0 will be hosted in Hong Kong in late October, inviting all interested parties to join.

As always, thanks to our sponsors, which make HKNOG events a reality and to everyone who attended and participated, particularly in the social networking opportunities during the breaks and at the end of the day. We look forward to see you all again at HKNOG 7.0.

Wai-Kay Shiu is a member of HKNOG. He works as a Telecommunications Engineer at the Hong Kong Police Force.

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