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This June, NetActuate staff traveled to the nation’s capital to gather with fellow network engineers, developers, and technical experts to share ideas and learn from one another at NANOG 76, the quarterly large gathering of the North American Network Operators’ Group.

Committed to the ongoing advancement of an open, secure, and robust internet, NANOG provides a platform that inspires, educates, and empowers their community to meet the ever-changing demands of a global network, in service of building the internet of tomorrow.

On Monday, the first official day of the conference, NetActuate’s Director of Global Networking, Kate Gerry, attended two talks about ongoing issues and challenges with the transition from IPv4 to IPv6. Lee Howard from Retevia discussed the many ways businesses would benefit from IPv6 and how to calculate those benefits. He also highlighted how the limited global deployment of IPv6 continues to pose ongoing challenges to greater adoption.

John Curran from the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) asked those in attendance to help encourage greater adoption of IPv6 protocols by working with them to publish a case study. ARIN is a nonprofit, member-based organization that administers IP addresses and ASNs in support of the operation and growth of the Internet.

During the Peering Coordination Forum on Monday night, NetActuate held a table and caught up with current colleagues and peers, met new people doing exciting work, and connected with students and teachers from NANOG’s College Immersion program.

Our NetActuate table at the Peering Coordination Forum.

The following day’s events included a membership breakfast, where important business such as board elections and budget reviews were conducted. Later that day, Hurricane Electric’s Susan Forney gave an inspiring talk about women in technology, and ways women find support and career advancement opportunities by connecting with other women who can act as mentors and sponsors.

Following Forney’s presentation, NANOG’s winning Hackathon teams, “NetBuffs” and “PiCon” were invited to showcase their efforts. This gathering’s Hackathon event focused on proactive monitoring and reporting. Team NetBuffs provided a solution to detect and report possible network issues as quickly as possible to a ticketing system. Team PiCon’s created a working console server with a Raspberry Pi and USB-Serial adapter running as a client-server relationship.

During the final day of NANOG, there was a follow-up lightning talk from ARIN about Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) and the changes that they are proposing to increase its usage. RPKI is a specialized public key infrastructure (PKI) framework designed to secure the Internet’s routing infrastructure.

As we continue our work of delivering engineering expertise and reliable low-latency global networking solutions to service providers, especially through our Anycast Delivery Platform, we look forward to staying up to date on networking trends and issues at NANOG 77 in Texas