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Meeting Report

The RIPE NCC Regional Meeting Almaty took place on 9 June 2014 at the Rahat Palace Hotel. A total of 105 attendees from seven countries participated in the meeting, with 86 of those attendees coming from Kazakhstan.

The meeting was hosted by the RIPE NCC and the Internet Association of Kazakhstan. The meeting sponsors included KAZNIC, Beeline and ALTEL.

Serge Radovcic from the RIPE NCC and Shavkat Sabirov from the Internet Association of Kazakhstan opened the meeting before Dmitriy Goloburda, Deputy Head of the Agency for Communication and Information, welcomed attendees and looked forward to the day ahead.

The first presenter was the RIPE NCC's Managing Director, Axel Pawlik, who explained the role of the RIPE NCC, where it fits in the Internet ecosystem and the RIPE NCC services that can be of use to operators in the region in their daily work. He stressed that the RIPE NCC is about much more than registering Internet resources, and it offers tools such as RIPEstat and RIPE Atlas that can be used to measure operators' networks and find relevant data about all types of Internet resources. Christian Teuschel followed up later by going into more detail into RIPEstat and RIPE Atlas. He provided a number of use cases for both services that will be of use to all operators.

Evgeniy Morozov from MSK-IX gave an informative presentation from the peering community, and he stressed the benefits to the CIS region of making peering agreements.

There was a strong emphasis on IPv6 deployment in Kazakhstan, and Ruslan Bektemirov related the hands-on experience he and his colleagues at KazNIC had in deploying IPv6. Ruslan issued a call to providers to make content available over IPv6. This talk was complimented by a presentation from Marco Hogewoning of the RIPE NCC, who gave some practical tips on good practices when deploying IPv6.

For those RIPE NCC members who are still looking to obtain IPv4 address space, Andrew de la Haye of the RIPE NCC outlined all the ways in which members can still get resources from the RIPE NCC and by using the transfer system. Andrew noted that many RIPE NCC members in Kazakhstan had not yet claimed the last /22 of IPv4 address space they were entitled to. He noted that members must have an IPv6 allocation before they can claim this last /22.

There was a focus on security at the Almaty meeting, with Benno Overeinder from NLnet Labs gave a high-level talk on methods of infrastructure attack and the best ways to mitigate these attack vectors. Christian Teuschel also presented on the benefits of hosting a DNS root server.

Maxim Burtikov explained what the RIPE NCC is doing in its efforts to reach out to the various parts of its service region, including the CIS region and the individual countries. He asked the local community to get involved with the RIPE Policy Development Process to ensure that the Kazakhstan community's voice is heard in discussions relating to the policies that govern how the Internet is run and how Internet resources are allocated. Maxim concluded by explaining what is happening with the IANA oversight transition, and again he asked the local community to get involved in discussions on this matter.

One of many highlights from the meeting was the presentation from Alexandr Nikitin from Kazakhtelecom, who gave a detailed insight into his organisation's network and its plans for the future.

The meeting finished with a Sergey Myasoedov from the Eurasia Network Operators Group (ENOG) Programme Committee, who explained to the local community how to get involved with ENOG and the benefits such involvement can bring. Sergey concluded by inviting the local community to come to the ENOG 8 Meeting, which will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 9 September 2014.

All the presentations are available to download.