MyNOG-7 Conference Speakers


Mark Tinka, Head of Engineering

Mark has been in the Internet industry since 1999, having helped build various Internet Exchange Points (IXP’s) in Uganda, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Malawi. He was also instrumental in shaping the technological advancements and construction of the service networks of Africa Online, a Pan-African Internet Service Provider with eight operations on the continent, when he worked there.

In addition to the APRICOT, Mark is also an instructor with the AfNOG (Africa Network Operators’ Group), an annual event held every year in an African country that pools industry peers together to share knowledge and advances in Internet communications.

Mark is now based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he is Head of Engineering at SEACOM, East & Southern Africa’s first submarine cable operator.

Mark is a huge proponent of IPv6 and helped start Zimbabwe’s first commercial IPv6 network (Africa Online Zimbabwe), and has done the same with the organizations he represented in Malaysia, before moving to South Africa.

100Gbps Core Network Deployment in an African Network

This paper describe the deployment experiences and challenges of SEACOM – and African submarine cable system and IP/MPLS network operator – faced when we upgraded 2 core PoP’s in South Africa to 100Gbps.



Vincent Boon, Sales Engineer Asia Pacific
Opengear Inc 

Vincent Boon has been in the IT and Networking Industry for over 25 years, working with Enterprise and Data Center customers within APJC. For the past 15 years his focus has been in DCIM, Access and Power Solutions working with clients such as OCBC, Smart nation and AXA Technology Services. Technology has always been a keen interest of Vincents’ and his previous roles within Technology Companies have involved working closely with the engineering team providing productive solutions to customers. He joined Opengear at the beginning of 2018 and brings his expertise to assist customers on the next generation intelligent solutions for managing critical IT and communications infrastructure.

Ansible & Salt

In many organisations, moves are being made towards picking a standard for network orchestration. However, there are many choices.

In previous talks I have given a high level introduction to the concept of network orchestration, and a general description of some of the tooling used. This talk will provide a deeper dive into two of the tools that are getting more attention in the networking world: Ansible and Salt.

Both projects started out as remote execution engines written in Python, and have evolved into fully featured automation and orchestration systems. Through their use of the NAPALM library, both have strong support for configurations and monitoring of networking devices, which will be the focus of this talk.

I will cover the design and concepts of Ansible and Salt; what you get for free, and what you pay for, and go through some common day-to-day provisioning and maintenance scenarios using each of the tools, with the aim of helping network administrators choose the right tool for their network.



Ismail Ali, Senior System Engineer
Arista Networks 

Ismail is the Senior Systems Engineer at Arista Networks Malaysia, where he leads efforts to migrate complex Data Centre and Service Provider networks to simplified, software-driven cloud networks. Ismail is recognised for his contributions as Architect and Solution Consultant in the local Service Providers and Enterprises scene. Prior to joining Arista in 2017, Ismail held various Systems Engineering roles with Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks and a local Service Provider in a span of 20 years. Ismail has a Computer Science Bachelor Degree with Honors from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.

SP Routing Innovation with Segment Routing, VXLAN and EVPN

Detailing some examples of how service providers are applying cloud networking principles to transform their Edge, Core and Data Center domains, with a particular focus on MPLS Segment Routing and VXLAN as the transport architecture. These transports, combined with BGP community and multi-protocol address family extensions, allow providers to realize a highly scalable, resilient and extensible network architecture.



Che-hoo Cheng, Infrastructure & Development Director

Che-Hoo joined APNIC in April 2017. His current responsibilities at APNIC include training, technical assistance, security outreach, infrastructure services and technical community support. Before APNIC, Che-Hoo was in charge of Hong Kong Internet eXchange (HKIX) and the university IT infrastructure at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He has accumulated over 30 years of experience and knowledge of Internet and IT infrastructure and human connections through services for APNIC Executive Council, .ASIA TLD (Top Level Domain) application and .ASIA Board, Level 3 Asia, FLAG Telecom Asia, APIX, .HK, Hong Kong Academic and Research Network (HARNET), HKISPA, ISOC-HK, HKNOG, APRICOT-APAN 2011 in Hong Kong and APAN 42 in Hong Kong.

The Stories of IXP Development and the Way Forward

IXP (Internet eXchange Point) is always a hot topic in Internet community and in a lot of case, it is political too, especially during the early stage of development of a new one. In this talk, the speaker will share his knowledge, experience and observations from setting up and operating an IXP and also from helping others set up theirs. There are a lot of challenges and difficulties faced by IXP operators continuously, even after critical mass is seemingly reached. He will also share his views about the way forward for IXPs.

Anup ChangarothSenior Director, APAC CTO &
Strategic Business Development


Anup Changaroth is Senior Director, CTO Office and Business Development & Solutions for Ciena in Asia/Pacific. He is responsible for building new business across Asia Pacific, as well as leading the regional Product Line Management teams for both hardware and software solutions, and Engineering Operations. Prior to the current role, Anup was Ciena’s Asia Pacific Marketing prime responsible for both product portfolio marketing, as well analyst & media engagements. He has been involved in the communications field for over 25 years, since designing and building his own V.23 modem in the late ‘80s as a student. Changaroth holds an Honours Degree in Computer Systems Engineering from the City University, London; Marketing Management Diploma from Columbia University, USA; as well as a Diploma in Electronics Engineering from the Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore. He is an active industry participant, holding voting membership positions at the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Audio Engineering Society.

The Submarine Network Game And the Implications of Shannon’s Limit

Contrary to popular belief, satellites account for a miniscule part of keeping the world connected. Submarine networks do the heavy lifting all from the depths of the ocean floors and carry over 95% of the worlds Intercontinental electronic communications traffic. In this session, we give an overview of how subsea cables work and the current state of the global submarine network. We’ll also discuss the implications of Shannon’s Limit, which gives the theoretical channel capacity for a communications link, on our subsea networks.



CF ChuiSolutions Architect
Arbor Networks

With more than 20 years of experience in the networking industry, CF is a veteran in designing, implementing, and supporting highly available network systems and solutions. In this current role with Arbor Networks, apart from actively involved in the global research projects, CF works closely with customers in the Asia Pacific region to develop and optimize approaches for their network security solution to ensure optimal deployment and best customer satisfaction. Prior to joining Arbor Networks, CF had held different regional positions in pre- and post-sales roles for various large core routing and switching vendors. His expertise lies mainly in the areas of Internet routing technology, network threat detection and network visibility solutions.

Next Generation DDoS Services – can we do this with NFV?

Over the past few years a wide range of enterprises representing every market vertical have rapidly moved to the cloud, embraced SaaS, exploited mobility and become ever more dependent on the connected world. ISP and MSSP are always looking for ways to maximise the revenue they can generate from their network infrastructure and skilled employees, rom virtual firewalls to email security, from vulnerability scanning to DDoS attack protection, the market for security services is growing steadily.

NFV is now emerging from the hype stage and entering mainstream adoption. The promise of running applications as virtual network functions (VNFs) on demand makes networks more open, scalable, predictable and flexible, which leads to reduced operational costs and increased user satisfaction. However, NFV is not just an evolution in networking technology, it reflects significant changes to service providers operational assumptions and business models as traditional architectures and modes of operation come under increasing strain
from evolving market demands.

Arbor Networks’ vision and strategy for how to successfully deliver the next generation of NFV-driven DDoS managed services. In this presentation, we would review the fundamental of NFV technology, what are the challenges ISP, MSSP face while planning to deploy NFV over the existing infrastructure. Lastly, what an Arbor Networks customer has learned during their adventurous journey into the world of NFV.



Shaowen MaProduct Director, APAC
Juniper Networks

Shaowen Ma is a Product Director for Juniper where he leads the APAC Product & Solution team for all major APAC customers, include Service providers, OTT and Enterprise customers. Recently he focused on SPDC, MSDC, OTT network architecture, and also technologies such as BGP/Segment routing/EVPN/VXLAN/SDN/NFV etc.

Routing to SDN Era

In this session, we will talk about how network evolve to SDN.

Start from Routing protocol evolution from traditional IGP to Google Firepath(obsolete 5 years+). we discussed some issue with currently OSPF/ISIS protocol.

Then we introduce a modern open Source routing protocol, Facebook Open/R. by introduce the key components and Technologies and comparison with OSPF/ISIS, we show how modern protocol’s architecture.

To optimized data center CLOS architecture, we introduce latest RIFT(routing in the Fat Tree protocol). RIFT share the similar OPEN/R architecture, but more optimized for DC FAT Tree topology routing.

Last we introduce modern SDN controller also share similar key component. so with a better message bus and KV Store. we can build a new generation of Routing/SDN architecture.



Walt WollnyDirector, Interconnection Strategy
Hurricane Electric

Walt Wollny is the Director of Interconnection Strategy. Supporting Hurricane Electric global network reach to over 45 countries and over 180 Internet Exchanges. Focus on global connectivity and new markets. Walt has been working in the in the Internet industry for over 20 years. Before Hurricane Electric, Walt was an IP Business Development Manager at Amazon supporting over 64 new CDN builds including new markets including Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Philippines and Australia.

Hurricane Electric toolkit, BGP.HE.NET

http://BGP.HE.NET allows you to see network relationships with transit providers, peers and the routes networks take to reach the world. This will be a comprehensive overview of the features available within the toolkit as well a live demonstration. Hurricane Electric has released many new components in the past year that will also be reviewed.



Eric Leung, Senior Network Architect
Akamai Technologies

Eric is a Senior Network Architect at Akamai Technologies, where he responsible for the network design and planning of Akamai’s CDN nodes in Asia. Prior to Akamai, Eric has been working in global carriers as a solution consultant for 10 years.


The OTT Challenge

Over the Top Video continues to be the primary driver of growth in Internet traffic volumes. As OTT becomes more ubiquitous, the expectations of end-users, content owners and broadcasters increases accordingly. We will look at these expectations, the traffic trends of OTT and how they are impacting ISP’s traffic profiles, the challenges Akamai faces and some of the approaches being taken to address them.





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Last update: 9 Jun 2018