PhOpenIX launched at Shangri-La Hotel

The Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) and the Philippine Network Operators Group (PHNOG) conducted tutorial sessions on “Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Multihoming Techniques” and “Design and Construction of Local and Regional Exchange Facilities” last January 26, 2007 at Boracay Hall 1 and 2 of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Ortigas Business District, Pasig City. The speakers were Dr. Philip Smith, a Consulting Engineer of Cisco Systems, and Mr. Gaurab Raj Upadhaya, an Internet Analyst from the Packet Clearing House (PCH).

Launching Activity
Following the tutorials was the launching of the PHOpenIX. The keynote speech was delivered by Hon. Ramon P. Sales, Chairman of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT). On the other hand, a brief overview of the PHOpenIX was given by the founder of PHNOG, Mr. Amante M. Alvaran. Other personalities present during the event were Mr. Denis F. Villorente, Director of ASTI; Mr. Cecil Goldstein, Training Manager of APNIC; and Mr. Jesus C. Romero, Head of the Corporate Business Group of Innove Communications, Inc. Participants and guests came from difference telecommunication companies, Internet Service Providers, and government agencies. The event ended with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between ASTI, APNIC, and PCH. This one-day event coincided with the 20th Founding Anniversary of ASTI.

Tutorial Topics
The tutorial BGP Multihoming Techniques introduced some of the features available in BGP to aid multihoming in the Internet. After an explanation of the concepts and principles of multihoming, several examples involving different scenarios were given. Configuration techniques for modifying inbound and outbound traffic flows were also covered, as well as some examples on how to use BGP communities in inter-AS relationships. The tutorial was finished with a discussion on some common multihoming security issues.

The design and Construction of Local and Regional Exchange Facilities addressed the questions and issues associated with the formation of local and regional Internet traffic exchange facilities. It aimed to answer questions such as when and where are they needed, what are their physical and infrastructure requirements, what business model is appropriate, how the cost will be financed, what services should an exchange point provide to its users, and what policies can be established to ward off troubles. Aside from ASTI, PHOpenIX is supported by the CICT, PHNOG, Innove and PCH.


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