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Interconnection Automation

Interconnection starts out easy – just BGP peer with everyone you can, at the local exchange, yes?  That works, and it’s a simple business case to prove, but when you start to plug into third parties so that you can

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Traffic Engineering like a pro

Surely a non-topic?  Isn’t traffic engineering a simple case of throwing internet traffic towards the lowest cost destination?  This may be how many Internet Networks approach traffic engineering in their earliest days, but how far can this strategy scale? Most

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IP Drought begins today in Asia-Pacific

That’s it – the Asia Pacific region is the first to run out of IPv4 addresses. This happened following an assignment of around half a million addresses to support the users at the Chinanet Fujian Province Network. The pool of

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Bring on IPv6 party!

Tonight I will be participating at the Bring On IPv6 event, at the London Transport museum.   It’s important for large website operators and businesses who rely on the internet to ensure their services are available on the current IPv4

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LONAP Route Servers Pass Milestone

I noticed earlier that LONAP had passed a fantastic milestone just before the weekend – of the ninety nine networks which are plugged into the exchange, more than half of the networks choose to connect to each other via the

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The modern day window tax on the British internet

In 1696, King William III of England imposed a tax on glass. Essentially, houses with more than ten windows paid a levy to the government, but the tax is now remembered as unfair and very avoidable by bricking up the

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Can you fill all of the Great Lakes with M&M sized /64s?

On Nanog, Owen DeLong and Larry Sheldon were discussing the relative size of the IPv6 address space: 64 bits is enough networks that if each network was an almond M&M, you would be able to fill all of the great

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