NZIX are pleased to announce the commissioning of a new Netflix cache in Christchurch, thanks to the kind support of valued NZIX member Vocus Communications.

To opt-in to Netflix in CHC-IX, set a community of “63830:40027” on your routes towards the IX.

The New Zealand Internet Exchange is pleased to announce the implementation of a new looking glass for its members.

Alice-LG is a global looking glass which offers more transparent routing information and allows searches across all NZIX exchange points currently in Auckland and Christchurch, across all route severs. Why not check out Alice-LG for yourself.

Alice-LG has several key features including the ability to see who is peering with which route server and which routes are advertised and by whom. All data is available using the REST API.

The Internet Association of Australia is looking for an experienced Peering Engineer to join their team and help to maintain and operate the Internet Exchange of Australia and the New Zealand Internet Exchange.

This unique role is based remotely, and they are currently taking applications from any major capital city in New Zealand or Australia.

You will be part of a small, dedicated team where your skills will have a real impact within the internet community. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work on a range of systems and technologies, and be involved with exciting new projects.

Some of the key responsibilities will include:

  • The provision and troubleshooting of Internet Peering Services
  • Maintaining and monitoring of Internet Peering Networks
  • Executing project work – new sites, migrations etc
  • Identifying and providing input on improvements to networks and process
  • Participating in a 24×7 on-call rotation

For more information about the role or for details on how to apply visit the Seek ad.

Applications close 5pm, Friday 31st January 2020.

Let’s celebrate the New Year with an NZIX members’ social. Join the team for some drinks, food and if you’re feeling competitive, some games of bowling.

When: Tues 28 Jan 2020 from 5.00pm 
Where: Dr Rudi’s Rooftop Brewing Co, Level 2/204 Quay Street, Auckland
RSVP: via the Members Portal now or drop us an email to events@ix.nz

NZIX has connected its first member on its 100G peering service in Auckland. Trustpower’s 100G port went live on June 27.  As one of New Zealand’s largest energy and telecommunications companies Trustpower will benefit from the greater capacity it can now offer its customers through this service.  

Trustpower’s decision to sign up to the 100G port is very timely, with internet traffic in the country certain to increase over the coming months due to the online demands placed on the network with the streaming of New Zealand’s favourite ‘national’ sport at this year’s Rugby World Cup, starting in September. The additional capacity offered by the 100G port will enable Trustpower to avoid hitting constraints on their peering points into the future.  

 “We are delighted to be NZIX’s first 100G peering customer,” says Ginny Buell, ISP Operations Manager at Trustpower.  

“With expectations for fast, high quality internet connections and the continual growth across the network, being able to offer quality coverage and better customer experience is crucial, especially during peak traffic times.”  

This momentous step follows the successful launch of 100G peering services by NZIX in June. NZIX is continuing to work to provide world class, cost effective peering option for its members  

“Upgrading all of our infrastructure to support 40G and 100G peering has been a huge project for NZIX and our biggest undertaking to date,” explains NZIX Treasurer, Dave Mill.  

“The upgrade has taken a lot of time and expense, so it is great to have Trustpower come on board as out first 100G peer in Auckland. There is still work to do but sometimes it’s nice to savour what has been achieved and today is one of those days.” 

For further information on peering with NZIX contact our Peering Team on peering@ix.nz or phone 09 888 9221. 

NZIX is pleased to announce 40G and 100G ports are now available to order.

40G and 100G ports will be available at all three of our Auckland sites

Chorus MDR, Auckland The Data Centre, Auckland (Basement and Level 2) Vocus Data Centre, Albany

40G and 100G ports are charged at $1250 per month +GST with a one off set up fee of $2500 +GST which applies to all new ports.

Orders can be placed now using the NZIX member portal.

If you need any further information please do not hesitate to reach out to our peering team via peering@ix.nz or phone 09 888 9221

On Thursday 13 June the Committee of the New Zealand Internet Exchange Inc (NZIX) held its 2019 Annual General Meeting.

It was great to see so many of our members and industry guests attend the event at the Longroom in Auckland, chaired by committee member Barry Murphy of Devoli Pty Ltd

Society Secretary, Nathan Brookfield of the Internet Association of Australia, commenced the formalities of the AGM with the Secretary’s Report. NXIZ was proud to support the 2019 NZNOG Conference, where our hoodies were a great hit, modelled here by Devoli’s Callum Barr.

The report highlighted membership continuing to steadily grow, with a total of 60 members in March 2019, up from 52 the previous year. Recent updates to by-laws were mentioned. These updates will enable greater clarity regarding financial members in order to stand for committee elections. Changes to the Acceptable Use Policy have also been implemented to reflect NZ law. All documents outlining these changes are now available on the NZIX website.

Treasurer Dave Mill was pleased to announce that as of November 2018 NZIX has repaid its loan to IAA, still making a profit of $64,196 for 2018/19, with $145,862 cash on hand at end year.

Due to the streaming demands being placed on New Zealand through the delivery of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, NZIX have been working to facilitate network upgrades to support our member’s needs. A project that was already in the pipeline, the RWC increased the demand for 40G and 100G in NZ which has driven the need for this project to be pushed forward to facilitate the smooth coverage of the nation’s favourite sport at the event starting in September.

Additional spends for this year include building a 100G ring around our 3 existing pops, funding to cover work by Nathan Ward of SearchLight, Capex expenses and moving into Spark colocation in MDR. If required, a pre-arranged loan from IAA is available.

Tim Rapheal from IX Australia delivered the technical report in which he highlighted that this year there were 69 unique peers, an aggregate peak in excess of 97.9Gbit/s on May 9 2019, an average nightly aggregate of approximately 80Gbit/s, 51,419 IPv4 Routes and 24,759 IPv6 Routes.

Following the official close of the AGM, Nathan Ward of SearchLight delivered a presentation on the new AKL-IX 100G ring. Starting with a retrospective look at the state of how things worked previously, Nathan explained how member demand, in particular the current streaming demand for the RWC in NZ was the driving force behind the earlier than planned upgrade.   

The project includes increasing the core from 40G to 100G, new switches (3 in production and 1 spare), removal of some current switches, completion of the ring, offering of 40G and 100G member ports and a move to a Spark rack in MDR.

The plan for the future is to double up the 100G links, initially between 220Q and MDR, with the possibility to triple the 100G links over time. NZIX plan to retire 1G at MDR/Vocus as peers move to over to 10G, allowing equipment to be used to expand to new sites around the country.

AGM slides are available here. Meeting minutes will be sent to the voting contacts of all NZIX members.

If you would like any additional information, or have any feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out to the team via info@ix.nz.

Dear Members

The Committee of the New Zealand Internet Exchange Inc (NZIX) would like to invite all members to attend the 2019 Annual General Meeting.

Date: Thursday 13th June 2019
Time: 5:30pm 
Place: The Longroom, 114 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland

The meeting agenda is available for download here.

There will be a presentation on the NZIX 100G Ring Project by Nathan Ward following the meeting formalities. 

RSVP now via the members portal. Additional guests can be registered for the AGM by first adding them as a contact within the portal. 

For any assistance registering please email our admin team on events@ix.nz or phone +64 9888 9221. 

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Annual General Meeting.

Regards,

Nathan Brookfield
Secretary, New Zealand Internet Exchange Inc

Our Committee has recently updated the NZIX by-laws to introduce 6.4, which clarifies the voting rights of any exchange participant receiving complimentary services. The updated section reads as follows:

“Members who pay for their services, and are in good standing, will be classed as Full Members (see section 5.3 of the NZIX society rules), and will therefore have voting rights in the Society and may nominate to represent their organisation on the NZIX committee. Members shall be entitled to one (1) vote on each matter submitted to the Members. Members who receive services at no charge will be classed as Affiliate Members (see section 5.4 of the NZIX society rules) and will therefore have no voting rights in the Society and may not be nominated to represent their organisation on the NZIX committee.”

Members who would like more information on the Committee or by-laws can contact info@ix.nz

The Committee would like to invite all our members to attend the 2019 Annual General Meeting.

Join members of the Committee to learn what has been happening during the year and be part of the future plans for the Association.
Further details including a meeting agenda will be circulated to members’ voting contacts.

Thursday 13 June, 2019, from 5.30pm
The Longroom, 114 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland.
Food and drinks provided.