Martin Semrád steps down as CEO of NIX.CZ
Martin Semrád, the current Director of the Czech neutral peering point NIX.CZ, has agreed today with the Board of Trustees of the organisation to leave his position. Leadership of the Association has been entrusted to the current Technical Director Adam Golecký, while his position goes to Petr Jirán. Martin Semrád has been involved in the Association in various roles (Member, Member of the Supervisory Board, Director of NIX.CZ) since 2005.
“The Director of NIX.CZ Martin Semrád has asked the Supervisory Board to release him from his function. Martin has served as our Director for nearly seven years and would now like to spend some time focusing on his private business activities. The Board has thanked Martin for his years of hard work and has wished him much success in his future projects,” Ondřej Filip, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, said.
For over 20 years, NIX.CZ Association has been bringing together Czech and foreign internet service providers for the purposes of interconnecting their networks. Other activities of the Association include the FENIX internet security project, which was launched following a number of significant DoS attacks targeting Czech banks, operators or key internet media; the NIX.SK neutral peering node, one of the two main Slovak peering nodes, or the annual international CEE Peering Days conference.
The organizer of the CSNOG community event have published first abstract and launched registration
The website of the CSNOG (Czech and Slovak Network Operators Group), Czech and Slovak community conference of network operators, now holds first abstracts and a registration form for those interested in the event. The aim of the conference, which will take place on June 11 and 12 in Brno, is to enable mutual exchange of experience, discussion of current issues and sharing of solutions leading to the development of Internet networks in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The main organizers of the first year of the event are CZ.NIC, administrator of the Czech national domain, and NIX.CZ, a neutral peering node for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
“The program committee is now going through the abstracts sent, assessing their eligibility. Currently we have published the first 15, which are soon to be joined by others. We are very happy that contributions were sent also by representatives from such organizations as the Czech Technical University or CESNET. We believe that the finalized program will be attractive, offering every participant something of interest. I would like to emphasize again that CSNOG is a community event for network experts, meaning everyone can join – with a presentation or by becoming a partner of the event,” said Sergey Myasoedov, chairman of the CSNOG program committee.
The next issue of NIX.CZ's newsletter has been published
The next issue of our newsletter offers information about a new community event called CSNOG. This meeting will be held on June 11 and 12 in Brno, and it is now possible to submit contributions to the main program. Read more about the event in the newsletter or see the press release available in our news section. The following report is about the CEE Peering Days, the conference was held in Berlin and was attended by more than 200 network professionals. Another important development is a new record in data transmission by our node. The Olympic ice-hockey match between Czechs and Russians brought us 629.6 Gbps in addition to the sporting experience.
Thank you for your attention.
The Czech and Slovak network operator communities to meet at the CSNOG conference
Major Czech and Slovak Internet network organizations are preparing the first annual CSNOG (Czech and Slovak Network Operators Group) community meeting, which will be held on June 11 and 12, 2018, in Brno. The aim of this two-day event is primarily to enable mutual exchange of experience, discussion of current issues and sharing of solutions leading to the development of Internet networks in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Call for Abstracts (valid until April 20) will be found on the website published today. The main organizers of the first year of the event are CZ.NIC, administrator of the Czech national domain, and NIX.CZ, a neutral peering node for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
“NOG meetings usually have a community feel, which makes them significantly different from other conventionally held conferences. It is often said that NOG events are held for network operators. However, these include not only ISPs, but also CDN operators, hosting companies, domain name administrators and registrars, operating system developers, and many others. I believe that CSNOG will also deal with telecommunication regulations, global networks, new technologies, Internet interconnections at peering node level and, of course, security,” said Sergey Myasoedov, Program Director of the Czech-Slovak CSNOG.
“NOG events take place in a number of countries and regions. Their goal is to connect Internet network specialists and enable them to get to know each other and share their experience. In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, no such event has yet been held, and because the network operator communities of these two countries are very close, we have decided to organize a NOG-type event together,” said Ondřej Filip, CEO of CZ.NIC.
“These meetings are quite popular and have a long tradition in the network operator community. We want CSNOG to become a regular event, serving every year as a place for meeting and discussion for representatives of ISPs, network operators, registrars, network engineers and Internet and network technology enthusiasts. The purpose of the meeting is also to bring together and develop communities of these experts from both countries,” added Martin Semrád, director of the Czech neutral peering node NIX.CZ, which since 2015 has operated the Slovak peering node NIX.SK.
The founding members of CSNOG are non-profit associations CZ.NIC and NIX.CZ. At the moment, the Slovak Republic is represented in the organizing committee by skHosting.eu and VNET. Because it is a community event, it should also include other entities from both countries. The organizers therefore invite the broad professional public to engage in this event. Contact details through which you can apply are available at www.csnog.eu.
People who want to give a presentation at the event can submit their contributions at the website www.csnog.eu by April 20th. Abstracts in Czech, Slovak and English will be accepted.
The 6th CEE Peering Days event
The 6th CEE Peering Days conference took place in Berlin last week. The conference traditionally welcomes the representatives of peering nodes, ISPs, and Datacenter providers. Over the years this conference has become a major event and one which is regularly attended by experts from around the world to share their experience and discuss potential cooperation with fellow attendees. The main organizers of the event were the neutral peering nodes: NIX.CZ, VIX.at and BIX.hu, and the local partner of the conference was the Berlin-based BCIX.
Martin Semrád, CEO of NIX.CZ., said that:"Interest in the CEE Peering Days is growing across Europe and the Central European conference is becoming a pan-European event. A total of 214 participants attended this year’s event, thanks to which we also received support from the European Commission's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). In addition to traditional topics related to routing and security, topics of regulatory issues - which IXPs must often address - in particular the implications of the NIS Directive discussed by Zuzana Duračinska from CSIRT.CZ, were included in the programme ".
Presentations by representatives of EURO-IX, RIPE NCC, Netflix or PeeringDB are already available on the conference website. Those who are interested may find a comprehensive report including photos at Root.cz.