The Best Current Operational Practices Task Force was formed at RIPE 67 in October 2013 to initiate and coordinate the process of documenting good common operational practices in networking. The BCOP TF brings together people to identify operational issues and motivate operators to document good operational practices that are agreed upon between two or more parties. In its process, network operators and engineers present and discuss operational issues, and identify and level barriers for deployment of new technologies.
The main interest of the task force is that current operational practice are captured and documents are published. In this process, a substantial amount of work will take place within the Working Groups for expert review and community input. The resulting RIPE documents will be published as result of WG and BCOP TF.
The Best Current Operational Practices Task Force aims to:
The BCOP Task Force is intended to capture the current operational practices used in the networks today. In effect, the TF does not produce a (single) document that concludes the work of the task force, but rather facilitate and/or stimulate the process of documenting good current operational practices. These documents are written by others, not by the TF co-chairs.
The TF does not start new and future work, this is not in the charter and should take place at the other WGs. It is an overarching, coordinating activity, and will make certain that content-wise the documentation process receives WG community interest and feedback.
Although BCOP is a continuing activity, the effectiveness of the TF will be evaluated during the period RIPE 71 – RIPE 73 to ascertain it is still serving its purpose.
Jan Žorž is a VP of 6connect Labs, working on the development of various protocols and network solutions to accelerate the global deployment of IPv6.