The 6th CEE Peering Days event
The 6th CEE Peering Days conference took place in Berlin last week. The conference traditionally welcomes the representatives of peering nodes, ISPs, and Datacenter providers. Over the years this conference has become a major event and one which is regularly attended by experts from around the world to share their experience and discuss potential cooperation with fellow attendees. The main organizers of the event were the neutral peering nodes: NIX.CZ, VIX.at and BIX.hu, and the local partner of the conference was the Berlin-based BCIX.
Martin Semrád, CEO of NIX.CZ., said that:"Interest in the CEE Peering Days is growing across Europe and the Central European conference is becoming a pan-European event. A total of 214 participants attended this year’s event, thanks to which we also received support from the European Commission's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). In addition to traditional topics related to routing and security, topics of regulatory issues - which IXPs must often address - in particular the implications of the NIS Directive discussed by Zuzana Duračinska from CSIRT.CZ, were included in the programme ".
Presentations by representatives of EURO-IX, RIPE NCC, Netflix or PeeringDB are already available on the conference website. Those who are interested may find a comprehensive report including photos at Root.cz.
News at NIX.SK
NIX.SK's, the Slovakian peering node operated by NIX.CZ, latest news is the connection of Valve. Thanks to this new addition the traffic levels of NIX.SK increased to a new record which is currently 36.6 Gbps. Another intriguing and important novelty is the launch of the I-root mirror Root Server, operated by Netnod at the Bratislava SITEL Data Center. Both of these events will allow further development of the NIX.SK node and will help to increase the traffic level and stability of all connected networks.
Registration for CEE Peering Days 2018 now open
You can now register for the sixth annual CEE Peering Days by going to www.peeringdays.eu. The conference will take place on 6th and 7th March 2018 in Berlin and is again jointly organised by the neutral peering nodes NIX.CZ, BIX.hu and VIX.at, with BCIX as our local partner.
The two-day conference will be open to visitors from around the world to share knowledge and experience in the fields of internet peering, data centres or network security. In addition to the main program, the event will also include workshops led by our colleagues from RIPE NCC, as well as bilateral meetings.
Prospective attendees are invited to download the conference app - an easy way to keep up to date with all the important information about the event.
NIX.CZ Association has a new Chairman of the Board
At today’s meeting, the Board of Directors of NIX.CZ, the neutral peering node for the Czech Republic, elected Ondřej Filip as the new Chairman. Filip will take up his position on 1 July, replacing Josef Chomyn, who has been appointed to the Czech Telecommunication Office Council two weeks ago. Ondřej Filip is not exactly a newcomer - he has been a member of the Association’s governing body since 2002. From the beginning of July, the Board of the Czech neutral node will therefore have four members: Ondřej Filip, Zbyněk Pospíchal, Jaroslav Střeštík and Milan Švácha.
“Josef Chomyn has made an indelible mark on the Association. As a member of the Board of Directors and its Chairman, he has been a leading voice in our Association for more than 17 years. It is also thanks to him that today, NIX.CZ is one of the most important European interconnection hubs. Personally, I would like to wish Josef continued success in his work as a member of the Council of the Czech Telecommunication Office. It is a great honour to be taking over this position after him,“ said Ondřej Filip.
Ondřej Filip graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University in Prague (Computer Science) and the University of Pittsburgh - Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business (MBA). During his studies at Charles University, he worked at IPEX, where he later became the Technical Director and Member of the Board. Since 2004, Ondřej Filip has been the Managing Director of CZ.NIC, a national domain administrator. In addition to performing his functions at CZ.NIC and NIX.CZ, he is also active on the boards of two key international organisations: Euro-IX (European Internet Exchange Association) and IX-F (Internet eXchange Federation).
NIX.SK expands into a new data centre and connects Google
Starting from today, NIX.CZ Association, which runs one of the main internet exchange nodes in Slovakia (NIX.SK), is also offering its services from the DIGITALIS data centre in Bratislava. This also means that it can now provide a direct connection to all the existing customers of this data location. The first company to take advantage of this offer is Google. NIX.CZ now provides connection on both sides of the Danube, through two mutually independent data centres (SITEL and DIGITALIS).
“Thanks to the data connection from Google, Slovak users will now find it easier to access services such as YouTube or Gmail. In reality this will bring better and faster access to Google services,” said Martin Semrád, Director of NIX.CZ, which operates the Slovak peering node NIX.SK.
Ljubljana hosted the 5th Annual CEE Peering Days Conference
Last week, the Slovenian capital hosted the 5th annual CEE Peering Days conference, bringing together representatives of peering nodes, ISPs and data centres. Slowly but surely, the international get-together has become an important and prestigious event, regularly attended by experts from around the world, here to share their experience and seek new opportunities for cooperation.
NIX.CZ Association was represented by its Director Martin Semrád, who introduced the Czech neutral peering node and spoke about its key projects and related news. The Thursday programme then included a presentation by a board member of NIX.CZ and a representative of Dial Telecom Zbyněk Pospíchal, who focused on new methods of defence against DDoS attacks.
The presentations by Martin Semrád and Zbyňek Pospíchal, as well as additional contributions by the representatives of companies such as Nokia, Hurricane Electrics, EURO-IX or CZ.NIC, are available online at www.peeringday.eu.