Historical context - todo, but notes for now
- started with stack.nl (when it was still stack.urc.tue.nl), 6bone and watching NASA multicast video in 1997.
- founded ipng.nl project, first IPv6 in NL that was usable outside of NREN.
- attacted attention of the first few IPv6 partitipants in Amsterdam, organized the AIAD - AMS-IX IPv6 Awareness Day
- launched IPv6 at AMS-IX, first IXP prefix allocated 2001:768:1::/48
My Brilliant Idea Of The Day – encode AS number in leetspeak:
::AS01:2859:1, because who would’ve thought we would ever run out of 16 bit AS numbers :)
- IPng rearchitected to SixXS, and became a very large scale deployment of IPv6 tunnelbroker; our main central provisioning system moved around a few times between ISPs (Intouch, Concepts ICT, BIT, IP Man)
- Needed eventually a NOC and servers to operate it that were provider independent, which is where our PI space came from (and is still used)
- High Availability with paphosting of sixxs.net and other sites
- Moved to IP-Max in 2014 (and still best of friends with that crew!)
- In 2019, Fred said “hey why don’t you get an AS number and announce your /24 PI yourself, that’ll be fun!”
I didn’t want to at first, because “it is a lot of work to do it properly”.
- In 2020, I got to know Openfactory who are a local ISP (with an office in the town I live) and offer services on the local FTTH network; so I got a gigabit with them
And that’s when I made the plunge, got AS50869, started announcing my own PI space, built up a few routers, and the rest is … history :)