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Ondřej Filip from NIX.CZ was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of EURO-IX

Ondřej Filip, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Czech peering node, NIX.CZ, was re-elected to the management of the European Internet Exchange Association (EURO-IX) last week. Ondřej Filip will not only be a member of the board for the next two years, but he will also participate in the management of this prestigious international organisation as its chairman.
"I see the election to the Board of Directors of EURO-IX as an award for my work for the community of European peering nodes. I am glad that the members of EURO-IX perceive my work in the leadership of this organization as beneficial and that I can continue my mission at EURO-IX. My goal will be to continue to support activities that will lead to the development of European peering exchanges and the industry as a whole, "said Ondřej Filip about his re-election to the EURO-IX Board of Directors.

The mission of EURO-IX is to support, develop, strengthen and improve the Internet Exchange Point (IXP) community. This involves the coordination of technical standards, development of common procedures, sharing and publishing of statistics and other useful information.


Note: System Upgrade

On Wednesday, September 16, due to maintenance of our systems, the and websites may be out of order between 12 and 1:30 p.m. Peering services will not be affected by this planned upgrade. Thank you for your understanding.


Jaromír Novák strengthens the team of the Czech neutral peering node, NIX.CZ

Jaromír Novák became a partner for regulatory affairs of the Czech neutral interconnection node NIX.CZ. In the association, he will be responsible for monitoring and analyzing changes in legislation that affect members of the NIX.CZ association.

"Jaromír Novák joined the CZ.NIC association in April 2020, and since a number of topics overlap with the activities of NIX.CZ, I am glad that we have agreed on a cooperation in our association as well," said Adam Golecký, Executive Director of the NIX.CZ Association.


Jaromír Novák graduated from the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University in Brno and the Faculty of Information Management at the University of Hradec Králové. In the autumn of 2012, he was appointed a member of the Czech Teleccommunication Office (ČTU) by the Government of the Czech Republic, who he was until May of the following year, when he became the Chairman of the ČTU Council. Jaromír Novák resigned from the position of Chairman and Member of the ČTU Council in January 2020.



The latest issue of the NIX.CZ Newsletter has been published

The summer issue of the NIX.CZ newsletter brings information on the new price list, valid from July 1st. Furthermore, readers will find news on the first open source project of NIX.CZ, the BIRD Spy tool. Those interested in what is happening in the network community should also look out for the information on the start of registration for the Czech and Slovak network administrators’s meeting, CSNOG 2020. The event will take place on September 8th and 9th in Brno. You are all cordially invited! And we haven't forgotten about our mascot, the tapir. Little Morse was born in March in Prague Zoo and we wish him all the best.


Bird Spy provides detailed information on individual route servers status

The very first open source project of the NIX.CZ Association is a tool called Bird Spy. It is based on a product called Bird's Eye (also open source) created within the Euro-IX Association, mostly on the premises of the Irish peering node, INEX.

The main goal of Bird Spy is to monitor the status of individual route servers and evaluate operational data, chiefly for monitoring purposes. The secondary goal is then to allow members and customers a remote view of their interconnections within the NIX.CZ platform. The BIRD Spy tool provides a detailed view of the status of individual connections, the transmission of routing information and compliance with network security. A novelty of these route servers is also the direct support of the Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI), which serves to mitigate the consequences of incorrectly reported routing information.

What are route servers?

At the beginning of this year, the NIX.CZ Association introduced completely redesigned route servers. This, now the basic service of each interconnection node, ensures secure, controlled and transparent interconnections of subscriber networks. In addition to direct connections, route servers also enable fast connections of new networks, without the need to configure each network separately, which greatly simplifies the management and setup of routing protocols. Thanks to the already built-in security filters, such a connection is also protected against configuration errors or misuse.

Route servers are used to exchange routing information between interconnection partners using the BGP protocol. Data traffic that does not flow through these servers is the control part of network routing (control-plane). Route servers, which are duplicated in each segment (to ensure their high availability), pass instructions on where to route traffic based on data from individual networks.