Just wanted to share with you all what we think is a world first,
right here in New Zealand.
Today New Zealand can boast the first SDN controlled OpenFlow switch
BGP peering with a public Internet Exchange.
Because you're all geeks, I've decided to write the rest of the email as a FAQ:
Q: What is SDN and/or OpenFlow?
A: It's a new way of thinking about and building network devices.
It stands for Software Defined Networking. It's basically a way to
separate the control plane from the data plane in order to allow you
unprecedented control over what your network can do, while still
keeping it blindingly fast.
You let the Software do what it's good for (running routing protocols,
making policy decisions) and you let the Hardware do what it's good at
(forwarding stuff at wire speed, zoooooom!). A match made in heaven
Have a look at the wikipedia page
Or this presentation from OpenFlow
Q: Why do I care?
A: SDN and OpenFlow allow you much more control and flexibility over
your network. It's a new technology however, and people are yet to
begin playing with it.
Q: Sounds like one of those scary technologies like IPv6 and DNSSEC.
A: Well if you mean that other people are doing it while you're
ignoring it and hoping that it will go away... Then you're right. =)
Just like IPv6, before we saw people willing to deploy it on their
networks they needed to get some experience with how it worked. We're
at that stage with SDNs at the moment. It is because of this need for
more experience and public awareness that we've gone ahead with this
Q: So what exactly have you done.
A: We've deployed an OpenFlow controlled switch on the WIX and along
with an OpenFlow controller built a BGP capable router.
A: From the WIX looking glass
Neighbor V AS MsgRcvd MsgSent TblVer InQ OutQ Up/Down State/PfxRcd
188.8.131.52 4 9483 24345 27397 0 0 0 07:21:59 1
Q: So what? Is that it?
A: Hardly. We've got some more phases that we want to develop, so I
guess this is a watch this space. Over the next few months, we'll be
working on extending past this single box with a view to demonstrating
to the NZ Internet community, and beyond, whats really possible with
an SDN. Basically we don't want New Zealand falling behind whats
happening in the rest of the world.
Q: We're not ready for this. It's scary, poke it with a stick!!!
A: Thats fine. We've chosen to use New Zealand as the initial
production deployment here. But if it looks like thats not going to
get the traction needed, then there are other places which this would
work in. Lets make this a good Kiwi development moment though.
Remember how we're so proud of telling people we had EFTPOS so long
before anyone else.
Q: Pfffft I've heard of this. It doesn't work! It's not production ready
A: Hi, Welcome to the conversation. You're just the sort of person
we need paying attention. We're doing this so that people arn't
LISTENING about SDN, but are actually seeing it WORK. In a real world
production setting. We hope you can stay for the rest of the show.
Q: So who else does SDNs. This sounds a little too much like witchcraft to me.
A: Well from back in the days of the Juniper M-Series people have
been separating Routing Engines from Packet Forwarding Engines. We
then started to see multi chassis versions. This is just an extension
of the same sort of concept. There are some organisations which run
huge-scale SDN style networks. Maybe you've used a search engine or
mail platform from one...
Q: This sounds like a pretty heavy sales pitch. What are you pushing?
A: CYNIC! Nothing. Just like the reason I'm pushing people to think
about IPv6 and DNSSEC, I want to see the New Zealand Internet
community as a technology innovator, not just someone who swallows
down the latest vendor slide-ware. And hey if SDN doesn't work then
at least New Zealand still gets to write the book on it.
Q: Sounds cool, can I help?
A: Sure, anyone's welcome to come and learn along with the rest of
us. Drop me a line if you think you can help and we'll see where we
can fit you in. As a starter I'm looking for between 1 and 3U of
space in Auckland with access to the APE.
Q: Where can I hear more.
A: If you're lucky I might do a lightning talk on where we've got to
and where we're going at the NZNOG conference.
Thanks to Prophecy Networks, REANNZ, VUW, Waikato University,
Citylink, FX Networks and others, for their contributions and support
in getting the project to where it is today and for not wanting it to
This was in this mornings Commsday. Seems like great news
*Russia, allies back off proposal to extend regulation across Internet*
In an extraordinary development late last night, Russia and its allies
China, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates withdrew a
radical proposal to overhaul international telecommunications regulations
which would have given national governments sweeping new powers to regulate
global ICT service providers such as Facebook and Twitter as well as
CommsDay was told by sources that International Telecommunications Union
secretary-general Hamadoun Toure personally intervened to persuade
the Russians to withdraw their proposal following American threats to walk
out of the World Conference on International Telecommunications if the
revisions were considered for ratification.
In a fast moving night:
United States delegation chief Ambassador Terry Kramer denied comments
attributed to him by Dow Jones that his country would walk out of the
conference if it sought to regulate Internet content. CommsDay has
confirmed with Dow Jones that he made the comments now denied.
Russia withdrew, without explanation, a proposal with China, Saudi
Arabia, Sudan, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates that would massively
increase the ambit of international telecommunications regulations to cover
almost all telecommunications and Internet activities. The proposal, leaked
on Saturday, was disowned by a member of the Egyptian delegation which last
night made a strong statement in favour of Internet freedom. This hinted at
serious dysfunction behind the Russian-led coordination efforts.
A steering committee was immediately convened to get the conference, in
danger of collapse, back on track. There was reportedly applause in the
committee room as progress was made, especially on the detail of who the
revised regulations might apply to. However access to the room was blocked
by guards. Previously there were concerns that loose wording could extend
the ambit of the regulations as far as users of virtual private networks
and ham radio operators. The secretive machinations of a working group—the
so-called Committee 5—will now apparently give way to open plenary sessions.
Observers tell CommsDay that the radical Russian proposals had the effect
of galvanising the conference into action. Although Russia and allies have
formally withdrawn their proposed treaty revision, other countries may
still attempt to advance some of the main points. Australian delegate Dr
Bob Horton is believed to have played a major role last night, chairing an
ad hoc meeting attempting to resolve the arguWCIT bombshell: SG averts
collapse of conference LEAKED: The Russia-led proposalent over how Internet
traffic is charged. African states and their supporters seek to restore the
old voice traffic settlements regime for Internet traffic to provide a
revenue source. The result of these efforts was unclear as we went to press
5AM Australian Eastern Summer Time.
CommsDay was told last night that secretary general Toure personally called
top Russians and asked them to back off because this would split the
conference nproductively. “The head of delegation, considered a young tyro,
apparently acted on his own and they shot him down. Partial confirmation is
that Touré personally delivered the news to regional meetings before it was
announced.” our source said, emphasising this was not officially confirmed.
CommsDay sources say that the US delegation’s hundred-plus members fanned
out to meet with almost every participating country in a last ditch effort
to block the Russia-led move over the weekend. On sheer numbers, the
Russia-led proposal would probably win a majority vote but there is an
overriding preference by the ITU to forge a consensus on the eventual
The alternative was a walkout by the US delegation and potentially some of
its core allies. According to the .nxt website, Poland had also threatened
to walk from the event. Australia generally supports the US position
backing the status quo on Internet governance.
CIVIL SOCIETY OBJECTS: Meanwhile, a group of civil society organisations
from the US, Europe, India and Africa has slammed the ITU and WCIT process
for a lack of transparency and input from outside groups.
In a letter to the ITU, they state “Now that the conference is in session,
we wish to call your attention to three immediate and pressing matters: the
lack of any official standing to the public comments solicited prior to
WCIT at the ITU’s invitation; the lack of access to and transparency of
working groups, particularly the working groups of Committee 5; and the
absence of mechanisms to encourage independent civil society participation.”
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Anyone else using any Telstra ip's that are being served by the
Telstra/Google/CDN and noticing all android apps are failing?
Notice on the redirector that i'm being directed to tnz1, seems to work
fine on any other network.
Any telstra peeps reading this hear anything from your side?
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I know this might not be the correct forum, but thought I would ask.
I am trying to get to a govt. departments website, and its VERY slow..
I am seeing this on a ping and traceroute:
chris@molly:~$ ping rsm.govt.nz
PING rsm.govt.nz (184.108.40.206) 56(84) bytes of data.
>From dmzglobal.ape.nzix.net (220.127.116.11) icmp_seq=1 Packet filtered
>From dmzglobal.ape.nzix.net (18.104.22.168) icmp_seq=2 Packet filtered
>From dmzglobal.ape.nzix.net (22.214.171.124) icmp_seq=4 Packet filtered
1. 192.168.100.1 0.0% 25 0.2 0.2 0.2
2. 192.168.1.1 0.0% 25 0.5 1.1 0.5
3. llu.bng1.nct.orcon.net.nz 0.0% 25 16.2 18.2 14.2
4. xe-2-2-0.cre1.nct.orcon.net.nz 0.0% 25 14.3 19.8 13.7
5. ge-0-3-0-0.cre1.sky.orcon.net.nz 0.0% 25 15.5 21.2 13.9
Not sure if it's me, but it appears to be leaving my network OK ..
and either getting lost leaving orcon, or having issues at WIX?
Might be MED/RSM but is it normal to have nzix doing that?
Cheers, and back to beer on such a lovely day..