Agenda Abstracts


Clouds, Overlays and SDN: What really matters

As with the NGN hype in the past, Cloud services have become an unavoidable boardroom discussion in seeking the correct strategy in service provider and enterprise environments. Service Providers are compelled to seek new revenue streams as bit pipes and telephony
services become a commodity, enterprises look to them to streamline their IT operations.

The Planning and design of cloud services almost always becomes a purely technological debate, and it’s easy to lose the focus and forget what really matters: cloud services have to support the business needs.

The presentation will illustrate the typical pitfalls you might encounter in cloud services planning and design phases as well as potential solutions to address this.

Arbor 8th Annual World-Wide Infrastructure Security Report and ATLAS Update

Every year for the past eight years Arbor Networks has conducted a survey of the broader operational security community to establish their observations, experiences and concerns across a broad range of topics.

The annual Arbor Networks World-Wide Infrastructure Security Report (WISR) is produced from these survey results and information extracted from the Arbor ATLAS system on relevant traffic and DDoS attacks.

This year’s report (covering 2012) was released at the end of January 2013 and runs to almost 100 pages of statistics and findings in relation to DDoS attacks, IPv6 traffic growth, mobile technologies, engagement of law enforcement with security incidents, etc. This presentation will provide a summary of the key findings of this year’s WISR and an overview of some of the background data behind those findings.

Peering Panel

Two independent and neutral Internet Exchanges, Palestine IX and UAE-IX, have been established in the Middle East. So after many years of talking about the need for Internet Exchanges in the region we are ready for things to happen. But what has changed in the last month since these IXPs have been established? And what will be next? The story has just started and we all have the chance to write a little bit of it…

African Internet Ecosystem, Lessons learned along the way

IPv6 for Decision Makers is a non-technical tutorial designed for government officials, project managers and non-technical staff at enterprise, medium and small organizations. The tutorial covers the basics of Internet number resources, IPv4 address exhaustion and its implications, proposed technical solutions and planning for IPv6.

The IETF Trill Protocol

The IETF TRILL protocol brings the benefits of modern routing, including multi-pathing of both Unicast and multi-destination traffic, to Layer 2 and improves utilization, robustness and scaling. TRILL can be incrementally deployed and reduces spanning tree to whatever bridges remain in the TRILL network. Half a dozen major equipment vendors have announced specific TRILL switch products. This tutorial describes TRILL at a medium level of detail, gives its stanardization status and lists
some announced products.

Cryptography and the Internet

This session provides background on cryptography and how it is used in practice. It covers important advances in cryptography and standard security protocols, including Suite B algorithms and changes in FIPS-140 requirements that have been motivated by advances in cryptanalysis. It also covers some real-world security issues and trends such as cipher proliferation. Recommendations are given for a practical and secure crypto policy.

Challenges of IPV6 for a WiMAX Operator: A Motivation for Migration to LTE

The presentation focuses on IPv6 deployment scenarios in WiMAX and the main challenges of a WiMAX operator for migration to IPv6. It starts with the overview of WiMAX networks in Middle East, allocation of IPv4 in Iran and continues with the efforts that have been done for migration to IPv6 and current status in MobinNet as a national WiMAX broadband. Due to the bleak future of WiMAX technology, it suggests the migration to LTE and probable scenarios especially in terms of IP Backhaul.

The IETF Needs You

This is an invitation to the Middle East/MENOG community to participate and help play a role in the development of future Internet standards.

The tutorial starts by explaining the role of the IETF and how standards are developed. You will hear real examples of local participation in the development of WSON as part of the CCAMP Working Group. Participants will also learn how to participate in the IETF.

Regional Connectivity Update

This presentation will summarize recent trends in Internet connectivity within the Middle Eastern region. We will compare the evolution of key metrics across the region, including IPv6 deployment statistics, latencies to key markets, and largest-provider market share. We will revisit predictions made at previous MENOGs in light of recent IX developments.

The Challenge in IPv6 Security

Lately, sparked by wide press coverage of incidents combined with the increased economic importance of ICT infrastructure, more attention is drawn to ICT security. This also affects the IPv6 rollout: recent studies show an increased number of operators who indicate that security is the biggest hurdle in the deployment of IPv6.

While IPv6 does introduce some new, protocol specific security threats a lot of the problems are not related to the version of the Internet Protocol.

This talk will try to address these issues, showing where the perceived risks are not that dissimilar from IPv4.

We hope that by taking away some of these uncertainties, this talk will contribute to the adoption of IPv6 in the MENOG region.

Regional Threat Profile: Middle East

One of the most common questions about Internet security is related to the state of affairs in security.

“What does the Internet infection rate really look like?”

In this talk, Dave Monnier of Team Cymru will show statistical infection and compromise data as it relates to the region. In addition, Dave will show how the region compares to the rest of the world. The data is presented in animated format and shows very clearly the state of the Internet. Along the way Dave will help to shed light on the how and why aspects of the online miscreant world and help to explain how Internet security is an important issue for anyone working online today.

OpenFlow and SDN: Hype or Useful Tools?

OpenFlow and SDN are fuelling the latest hype bubble in the networking industry, with many engineers wondering what’s really going on behind the scenes and how useful these technologies might be in real-life networks.

The presentation will describe the basics of OpenFlow, its advantages and pitfalls, and the potential real-life use cases including a brief overview of some existing deployments.

Building Reliable Wireless Networks

The presentation will draw on best practice design and implementation of fixed wireless broadband rural sites. It will reference heavily on real world examples and draw on the experience of a number of wireless network within New Zealand and also Australia and the Pacific Islands.

It will cover the following.

  • Best practice site selection and design
  • The power requirements of computing, routing and switching and how to minimise power consumption for solar and alternative powered sites
  • Best practice cabling and mounting
  • Power design
  • Site management and site monitoring
  • Radio selection and planning

IPv4 Transfers, RIPE NCC Update

On 14 September 2012, the RIPE NCC reached its Last /8. Since then, the supply of unallocated IPv4 space has been limited to a single /22 for each LIR. Since then there has been a growing interest in transfers of IPv4 allocations under the RIPE Transfer Policy. In this presentation Ingrid will describe the transfer process, policies and procedures in the RIPE NCC service region as well as provide the background information on how we got to this point in time and a glimpse of what will come in the future, such as inter-RIR transfers.

Euro-IX Update

The Euro-IX update will consist of a presentation giving details of the current Euro-IX projects and details of the IXP report. Bijal will focus more on peering or the lack of peering in the ME region and compare it to other regions around the world. The presentation will include some information and details of the IX-F. At the end of the presentation, Bijal will give a live demo on the Euro-IX toolset and talk about the new tools being developed.

The Challenges of Setting up a New IXP: Feedback from France-IX

As a young IXP, France-IX has five tips to share with Middle East Internet players who aim to build an IXP in their respective countries.

Panel: “Peering with Content Providers — Ratio vs Performance”

In the peering ecosystem, content providers or content publishers are key players when it comes to peering. Content providers have different arguments to justify peering as opposed to network providers. This panel will explore the age-old argument of Ratio vs Performance when it comes to justifying peering. This panel will consist of peering coordinators from the content community as well as ISPs.

Could IXPs Use SDN/OpenFlow to Scale

IXPs face a unique set of challenges that are consistently ignored by major networking vendors due to the small size of the market.

OpenFlow and Sofware Defined Networks might provide an opportunity to develop custom controllers addressing these unique requirements without relying on the goodwill of networking vendors.

This presentation will analyze the viability of OpenFlow as the underlying IXP control plane technology and describe the functionality of a potential open source OpenFlow controller, as well as the challenges one might encounter in controller development and real-life deployment.

Traffic Engineering Demo

This presentation explains how and why you should carefully manage your traffic for the best quality/customer experience.

It is of particular interest to networks who are connecting to an Internet exchange for the first time, or connecting to multiple exchanges, and who have questions about to best configure new connections.

Configuration examples are listed too.

Closing the Content Gap — the Internet Challenge for the Middle East

The Middle East is lagging behind the rest of the world in terms of Internet traffic. What would it take to close the “content gap” with the rest of the world?


Building Internet Exchange Points

This tutorial will cover the economic and technical principles behind Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), explaining how they produce Internet bandwidth, when, where and how to build them, and how to ensure that they’re reliable and successful in the long term.

IPv6 for Managers

This tutorial will cover topics such as IPv4 depletion and the need to deploy IPv6 along with its short-term and long-term implications in a non-technical matter.

The slides are designed for government, regulator and business managers that have do not necessarily have a technical background and ties IPv6 deployment to the current decisions they are making on other ICT issues.

IPv6 Essentials

This tutorial introduces IPv6 and also goes into some of its features and addressing.

It includes:

  • Background
  • Internet Growth
  • IPv4 Depletion
  • Changes in IPv6
  • IPv6 Features
  • IPv6 Notation
  • Addressing

Converged IP+Optical Trends

This session is intended for ISPs and operators looking to design and deploy self healing IP + Optical networks. The session will introduce some of the basic concepts of optical as well as the innovation in this space. The session will talk in details on some of the IP + Optical convergence trends related to Control Plane as well as IPoDWDM.

Wireless LAN 101

This 90-minute tutorial will give an introduction into Wireless LANs and will include the following:

  • Wireless LAN Standards
  • WLAN Technology and Design
  • IEEE 802.11n
  • CAPWAP and Centralized Wireless
  • Wireless Mesh and AWPP (dot11s)