The 11th Peering Forum organized by the company MSK-IX and sponsored by other companies operating in the same industry was held in the Big Conference Hall of the Moscow Government Building on December 10. The forum’s General Partner was Rostelecom, other partners included Transneft Telecom, Extreme, Rascom, DDoS-GUARD, Technical Centre of Internet and Module. Media support was provided by Silver Partner 3D News, Strategic Partner TelecomDaily, internet editions ComNews, X-Media, ЦОДы.РФ, indsutry portals MSKIT.ru, NNIT.ru, ITSZ.ru, ICT-online and Nag.ru.
This year over 900 people signed up to attend the forum, which made it one of the largest relative to previous events. The Peering Forum gathered representatives of Russian and foreign telecommunications and Internet companies, online services and software providers, makers of telecom equipment, including a number of internationally recognized companies and organizations such as ICANN, ISOC, Yandex, Google, RIPE NCC, Rostelecom, Extreme Networks and many others.
MSK-IX Director General Yelena Voronina opened the 11th Peering Forum. In her greeting remarks, she said the forum was being held in the year marking 20 years since MSK-IX was founded and that it could therefore be considered an anniversary year. She said an MSK-IX museum had opened recently, and also presented Internet Inside magazine that was first issued in October 2015 with MSK-IX’s support. Voronina described the magazine as “the company’s contribution to the bank of knowledge about the Internet.”
A roundtable discussion, “The Future of IXP,” was moderated by Konstantin Chumachenko (MSK-IX), bringing together well-known industry experts and top managers who shared their views on how Internet exchange points are being developed today and what the prospects are. The discussions also focused on the role, targets and priorities of IXP. Yelena Voronina (MSK-IX) assigned priority to stability, impeccable quality of services and high traffic capacity. “IXPs don’t only have to have permanent market presence but they also have to work in such a way that all businesses would want to join them – both internet-oriented and those that have nothing to do with technology. Hence we have to make our services accessible and convenient for all potential clients,” said Yelena Voronina. The participants also discussed IXPs’ role in the development of the Internet and the Internet community, and came to a confident conclusion that IXP importance both for the global network in technical terms and the Internet as a social network would increase substantially in the next 10 years: they said all communications would very soon be performed through the internet alone.
After the discussion, MSK-IX Technical Director Alexander Ilyin reported on the latest developments in the MSK-IX technical platform, on introducing 100G technology and on clients’ interest in the technology, and also elaborated on the company’s short-term plans. MSK-IX Sales Director Yevgeny Morozov presented forum participants with the regional program implemented throughout 2015 to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary and also conferred awards on MSK-IX’s partners.
Russian pilot and cosmonaut, Hero of the Russian Federation Oleg Skripochka made a surprise appearance at the roundtable discussion and commented on how network technologies were used in space with photographic evidence he had made himself when in orbit.
ICANN’s Vice President Mikhail Yakushev came up with an interesting piece of news. He said a new ICANN governance model designed by the organization’s working groups would be presented to the public in the next few weeks. Leonid Todorov (APTLD) took up the subject of international organizations and commented on peering specifics in the Asia-Pacific Region.
The Peering Forum ended with a roundtable discussion, “Telecom and Internet: are there enough tickets to the future?” German Klimenko (the Institute of Internet Development) led the discussion, with representatives from business, government, technology and internet companies, VKontakte and Mail.ru addressing the participants. The discussion became a platform for the most interesting and multifaceted discussion where experts with different, sometimes opposing viewpoints could have their say.