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Support IXPs in need
What is an IXP in need?
Any planned or already establish not-for-profit IXP that has very limited or no funding, or technical/operational support. It may not necessarily always come down to an issue of money, it could very well be the case that the IXP is in search of technical information or hands on experience at another IXP which is simply not possible to find in his region.
Phases of the IXP in need:
What might the IXPs need?
The sort of assistance that a particular IXP may require will vary from IXP to IXP and naturally region to region. Some of the main areas of need are classified in the following five categories:
i.The translations of IXP related documents and manuals
ii.L2 stability management training materials, localized in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Russian
iii.L2 diagnostic tools with localized documentation
iv.Configuration examples for switches, with localized documentation
v.Localize training materials and tools
i.Hands on help at their IXP
ii.Hands on training elsewhere
iii.Good relationship with IXPs so that they have e-mail contact
iv.Encourage engineers to attend regional and other local meetings
i.Lack of Trust: This lack of trust may either come from a group of ISPs that don’t trust one another or the organization that is attempting to start the IXP. Or the trust issue may simply stem from a lack of understanding of the whole concept of peering. In both cases neutral third party intervention can be beneficial.
ii.Government understanding: Once again mainly due to lack of understanding, the local authorities may not be willing to authorise or financial aid an IXP. Letters or visits from Euro-IX representatives to these government officials may be of benefit in certain situations.
i.48-port 10/100/GigE switches (preferably 1U models)
ii.Fiber splicing, termination toolkits and test equipment
iii.LX GBICS and SFPs
i.TDM gear of any kind
ii.Facilities-management advice from people who live in developed countries
iii.Financial advice from people who make more than €4.00 per week
iv.Anything that looks expensive, weighs more than 20 kilos, or is unable to be carried in a suitcase
i.Offer an open communication channel between IXP staff, giving IXPs direct phone extensions and e-mail addresses so as they are able to make immediate contact with IXP staff. There may also be an allowance for IXPs to gain access to restricted pages on each other sites and possibly even ‘intranet’ access.
ii.Send one or more Member IXP representatives to the twin IXP to help out on particular issues and possibly give some training.
iii.Full or part scholarships for IXPs to attend Euro-IX Forums or other IXP related meetings around the world. This scholarship would basically cover registrations fees, accommodation and flights.
iv.Pay Euro-IX Membership fees for the mentee IXP
In our entirety we are a large community of people that are spread over many parts of the globe, we travel for business to many other parts of the world and travel for leisure to even more! We keep in good communication with each other and are generally willing to help one another out. Thus we ‘may’ be able to initiate a sort of courier service for small pieces of equipment that need transportation around the world.
i.The suggested set-up:
1.A published list of IXP equipment that is available (where, who, what, how heavy etc.)
2.A published list of who needs what from the list of equipment above
3.Couriers (our network of persons) then log in and input their itineraries (route, dates, weight limits, etc.)
4.We would then either have a script that automatically matches everything up or it would be done by hand.
1.In many cases customs duties or taxes ‘should’ be paid on the equipment that is being brought into the country, this will of course vary depending on the import regulations of that country and the type of or the age of the equipment that is being imported. We will have to examine the situation on a case-by-case basis.
2.There should be NO risks to the courier and he should be told of the countries regulations and the process for declaring the equipment.
3.If the officials are willing to take part, we might look into the possibility of delivering this equipment as a ‘gift’ to an embassy in one of the country’s as this may be a way around import duties
iii.Benefits to courier:
1.In most cases the courier would receive a free transfer or at least a host to meet him at the airport, thus also providing you with a trustworthy and an immediate contact in the country you are visiting
2.Plenty of room over in your suitcase for the return trip for gifts :-)
3.A good feeling after helping the community and knowing that you played a part in establishing the IXP in question
4.Listing on the web site that he has helped community (optional).
i.Press and marketing benefits
ii.Localization and portability encourage clean coding practices in your tools development
iii.Expose engineers to a greater breadth of problems than they find in their own environment
iv.Documentation and training materials also benefit the writers
Euro-IX runs a number of program to support IXPs in need, if you'd like to help IXPs in need please contact email@example.com.