Africa Internet Summit 2013 - France-IX - challenges of setting up a new IXP and international connectivity of Africa to Europe
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Building an Internet eXchange Point from scratch is not an easy task. France-IX gave some tips on how to establish a point during Africa Internet Summit 2013 in Lusaka, Zambia.

Building an Internet eXchange Point from scratch is not an easy task. France-IX gave some tips on how to establish a point during Africa Internet Summit 2013 in Lusaka, Zambia.

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Africa Internet Summit 2013 - France-IX - challenges of setting up a new IXP and international connectivity of Africa to Europe Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Challenges of setting up a new IXP&International connectivity of Africa toEuropeFranck SimonAIS Conference @ Lusaka
  • 2. Challenges of setting up a new IXP :feedback from France-IXIs there a need for a new IXP ?Are players ready to connect (and pay for it) ?Which organization should be setup to run the IXP ?How to start an IXP with little or no cash and deploy a robustinfrastructure on day one ?Which services should be run ?Human resources needed to operate the IXP ?How to make sure the IXP will last ?How to keep on expanding and connect new members ?Before you get started…1/20
  • 3. Challenges of setting up a new IXP :feedback from France-IXIs there a need for a new IXP ?⇒Identify the contextFree IXPsVery cheap IXPs(business-model issue)and/or managed by operators (neutralityand independence issue)France/Paris was not seen as a credible peering place :several players were peering abroad on wider and more efficient IXPs.Till 2009-20101/22/20
  • 4. Challenges of setting up a new IXP :feedback from France-IXA workgroup has been conducted tofoster the change.Is there a need for a new IXP ? Are players ready to connect (and pay for it) ?France-IX was born⇒ Make a market studySurvey on a federative IXP in France2/23/20
  • 5. Challenges of setting up a new IXP :feedback from France-IX⇒ Keep in mind to have a neutral and independentorganizationWhich organization should I setup to run the IXP ?It can be bothIt can be an association It can also be a private company1/24/20
  • 6. Challenges of setting up a new IXP :feedback from France-IXFrance-IX is a dual organizationWhich organization should I setup to run the IXP ?The association ‘France IX’6 board membersrepresenting a company2 seats coming soon forindividuals and not companiesbecome membersof the associationcustomers do sign acontract with France IXduring general assembliesThe private company ‘France IX Services’dealing with contracts,marketing, operations …2/25/20
  • 7. Challenges of setting up a new IXP :feedback from France-IXTake part into the 1stboard of directors, andthen renewal by thirdafter 3 years.How to start an IXP with little cash or no cash ?Role of founding membersProvide human resourcesfor the 1st 1-2 yearsDonation and/or loan ofequipment to startPay for invoices for1st year, while FranceIX was saving up allthe recurring costs.Pay their connection inadvance to generate treasury.1/26/20
  • 8. Challenges of setting up a new IXP :feedback from France-IXThe investment fromfounding members helpedto give legitimacy to theproject because they werewell-known players puttingtheir names and reputationon the line.How to start an IXP with little cash or no cash ?Role of founding membersFoundingmembersFrance-IXreimbursementafter the 2nd yearIndependent organisationinvestment2/27/20
  • 9. Challenges of setting up a new IXP :feedback from France-IXSince then, additional partnerships with regional French IXPs andalso with foreign cross-border IXPs have been setup.How to deploy a robust infrastructure on day one ?⇒ Establish partnerships and get support from thecommunityConvince neutral datacenters to support the project : provide free racks andhosting for 3 years.Convince operators and datacenters to provide free dark fibers for PoPsinterconnections.Setup interconnections and partnerships with other French national IXPs to get acritical mass quicker and solve the issue of a French fragmented peering market.8/20
  • 10. Challenges of setting up a new IXP :feedback from France-IXWhich services should be run ?⇒ Start with basic servicesNOC supportNTP serviceQuarantine VLAN(important to integrate in the connectingprocess of new members)Unicast IPv4/IPv6 & Multicast(if needed)1/29/20
  • 11. Challenges of setting up a new IXP :feedback from France-IXWhich services should be run ?⇒ Integrate additional added-value servicesRoutes servers(to ease peering for new members)Routes collectors(to count/show routes)Looking-glassDevelop a nice and friendly portal formembers & develop an Information SystemPrivate VLANs(to allow private interconnect, and possibly allowIP transit delivered through such VLANs)Access to DNS resources(national DNS extensions, TLD’s, DNS root servers…)Reseller program1/210/20
  • 12. Challenges of setting up a new IXP :feedback from France-IXHuman resources needed to operate the IXP?Keep in mind you can get support from thecommunity (useful to start with).As soon as the IXP is increasing the best-effortmodel for human resources is not scalable.1/211/20
  • 13. Challenges of setting up a new IXP :feedback from France-IXHuman resources needed to operate the IXP?Current human resources for France IX ServicesManaging directorSenior network engineer(technical manager)Senior systems engineer(systems manager)Senior developerMarketing/communicationmanagerMultimedia projectmanagerExternal accountantslegal advisorsOutsourced human resources24/7 NOCEvery France IX staff member has a backup2/212/20
  • 14. Challenges of setting up a new IXP :feedback from France-IXHow to make sure the IXP will last ?OrganizationKeep and guarantee neutrality and independenceKeep diversity of representatives and members type within the boardRemain transparent about the way the IXP is run and managed(including accounts presentation to members)ServicesProvide a professional service as soon as the IXP is increasing (and notonly a best-effort service), with a real NOCListen to your members and their expectations, but also be proactiveto propose new services1/213/20
  • 15. Challenges of setting up a new IXP :feedback from France-IXHow to make sure the IXP will last ?Business-modelAvoid free models (scalability issue)Apply fair and transparent prices (public prices)Keep in touch with the market and the real playersIdentify new players/prospectsIntegrate a marketing/communication process(public relations, website, social networks, events…)2/214/20
  • 16. Challenges of setting up a new IXP :feedback from France-IXHow to keep on expanding and connect new members?Development of new PoPs in France, around Paris, and alsoin other French regionsImportance of submarine cables infrastructure:• Plans for France IX extension in Brittany, as there are some othersubmarines cables landing in this French region.• Setup of Marseille PoP to catch players from Africa, Middle Eastand Asia, brought via submarine cables landing there. Marseilleis then a natural gateway to interconnect players coming fromsuch areas.1/3Establishment of partnerships with external IXPs (regional, national,international)15/20
  • 17. Source : http://manypossibilities.net/african-undersea-cables/Mainly cables landing in : England (London) France (Marseille & Britanny) Italy and some extractions inPortugal and SpainHow to keep on expanding and connect new members? 2/316/20
  • 18. Challenges of setting up a new IXP :feedback from France-IXHow to keep on expanding and connect new members?Reseller program3/3Bringing members both from French PoPs not covered byFrance IX and members from foreign countries.Useful for players who do not want to contract with severalparties (one single contract with a reseller providing long-haulconnectivity/capacity + remote France IX port).17/20
  • 19. Conclusionover 220 members8 PoPs in Paris,1 in Marseille200 Gbpsof aggregated trafficIn less than 3 years5 partnerships with other regional,national and international IXPs18/20
  • 20. ConclusionThere was a gap on the French market, but France IX success is not entirelydue to this fact. France IX’s team has worked hard to develop the adequateservices, attract and build the community and remain independent.Every market is different and nobody holds the truth but there’s a generictrend and a common sense to follow.19/20
  • 21. Franck SIMONfsimon@franceix.netinfo@franceix.netQuestions ?Thank you for your attentionyoutube.com/TheFranceIXfacebook.com/ixpfranceixtwitter.com/ixpfranceixlinkedin.com/company/france-ix20/20