Automating and Securing Route Servers with IXP Manager

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Overview

IXP Manager is the most trusted IXP platform worldwide, powering almost 200 exchanges today. It’s also free and open source. Route servers are essential IXP infrastructure and one of IXP Manager’s central features is the generation of a MANRS-compliant configuration, supporting both IRRDB and RPKI filtering and a built in looking glass. In this course, we will look at deploying a route server using IXP Manager supporting all the features mentioned.

Outline

This course will cover the following topics:

  • How to add basic data objects (facilities, racks, switches, IP addresses);
  • How to add members and member interfaces for use with the route server;
  • How to add a route server within IXP Manager and an explanation of the various options;
  • Installation of Bird, an RPKI validator and managing IRRDB entries;
  • Use of IXP Manager’s configuration to export a route server configuration and how to use that with Bird.

Course Materials

Barry O’Donovan

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As an internet infrastructure specialist, Barry has extensive experience designing, building and managing critical network and server infrastructure for small service providers to large scale national ISPs.

Barry began providing services to INEX, the IXP for the island of Ireland, in 2008 where he is part of the management team and the operations team.

Barry is also the project manager and lead developer of IXP Manager – a full stack management system for IXPs which includes an administration and customer portal; provides end-to-end provisioning; and both teaches and implements best practice. He is also heavily involved with Euro-IX, creating software and best practices for IXPs.

Operation Models for IXPs

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Overview

This course will cover the objectives of peering and benefits of Internet Exchange Points or IXPs and IXP network design and operations as well as operation/business/governance models for IXPs.

Outline

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Objectives of Peering and Benefits of IXP
  • IXP Network Design and Operations
  • Operation/Business/Governance Models for IXPs

Slides

Che-Hoo Cheng

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Che-Hoo joined APNIC in April 2017. His current responsibilities at APNIC include training, technical assistance, security outreach, internal infrastructure services and IT support, technical and security community engagement, and Internet infrastructure support.

Before APNIC, Che-Hoo was in charge of Hong Kong Internet eXchange (HKIX) and the university IT infrastructure at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He also worked for Level 3 Asia and FLAG Telecom Asia taking care of their IP business in the region. He has accumulated over 30 years of experience and knowledge of Internet and IT infrastructure and human connections through services for APNIC Executive Council, .ASIA TLD (Top Level Domain) application and .ASIA Board, APIX, .HK, Hong Kong Academic and Research Network (HARNET), HKISPA, ISOC-HK, HKNOG, APRICOT-APAN 2011 in Hong Kong and APAN 42 in Hong Kong.