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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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Youtube pushed off the air

The UK economy generates $1,930,000,000 of output a year. Thats $550,000 every two and a half hours. If today had been a work day, there’d have been one two and a half hour period where that was much higher. That’s

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Was PGP Signing the first social network?

I spent some time last night making some cards for the LugRadio Key Signing event. I’ve used pgp for a while (since 2001 – I am now on my second key) and have not worked on building up the number

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Deloitte and the Death of the Internet

Deloitte this week launched their Telecommunication Predictions for 2007, and chose to summarise an otherwise fairly balanced article on transit capacity with the sentence: ‘One of the key possibilities for 2007 is that the internet could be approaching its capacity’

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