02 Jun

NPIX Traffic reaches hits 1Gbps!

Seems like NPIX traffic has started hitting 1Gbps levels and that is just so amazing. Came across this post by Niranjan.
 

 
NPIX or Nepal Internet Exchange is located in Kathmandu and operates out of its own datacenter. There’s a huge amount of (overhead) dark fibre availability in Kathmandu and as of the writing of this post I see 30 members at NPIX. 1Gbps might seem low from Western IX’es standards but that’s a quite good amount of traffic for an IX in South Asian region. If you see the member list there are just smaller ISPs and not many content players over there. Comparing numbers by NIXI traffic, NPIX has more traffic now than NIXI Kolkata, NIXI Bangalore, NIXI Hyderabad and NIXI Ahmedabad combined! and it’s so disheartening to see such low numbers at NIXI and almost no effort being made to fix it over all these years despite so much talk.
NPIX will likely get content players soon. They do not have any policy problem in hosting them, unlike NIXI which expects participating networks with ISP license. Last update on this was from Mr Rajesh Charia (who is on the board of NIXI & also President of ISPAI) during APRICOT 2016 in New Zealand. He had a discussion with Kam Sze from Akamai over bandwidth requirements of Akamai cache. As the discussion proceeded, Owen Delong from Akamai pointed out Akamai’s strategy of connecting to IX and at this point, Mr Rajesh said that NIXI is into the discussion to allow content & CDN players to NIXI fabric.
 

 
Unfortunately, this is still not done! 🙁
While writing this post I felt the pretty strong earthquake here in North India.


 
With the hope that everyone is safe, time to get some sleep!

29 May

Welcome Facebook (AS32934) to India!

Today I was having a chat with my friend Hari Haran. He mentioned that Facebook has started its PoP in Mumbai. This seems true and Facebook has mentioned GPX Mumbai as their private peering PoP in their peeringdb record.

 
I triggered a quick test trace to “www.facebook.com” on IPv4 from all Indian RIPE Atlas probes and resolved “www.facebook.com” on the probe itself. The lowest latency is from Airtel Karnataka and that’s still hitting Facebook in Singapore. I do not see any of networks with probe coverage hitting Facebook node locally.
 

 
Except for a few a lot just seem to be hitting Singapore. Thus clearly there’s a huge scope of peering.
 

Full measurement results here: https://atlas.ripe.net/measurements/8777252/#!general
 
If you are an ISP in India, you can start peering with Facebook right away!

25 Nov

Peering with content networks in India

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One of frequent email and contact form message I get my blog is about available content networks in India and where one can peer. There are certain content networks in India and of course most of the content networks have open peering policy and are usually happy with direct inter-connection (we call as “peering“) with the ISP networks (often referred to as “eyeball networks”). Some of these networks have a backbone which connects back to their key datacenter locations on their own circuits via Singapore/Europe, some other have simply placed their caching server where cache fill happens over IP transit.
 
Based on publically known information across community and of course peeringdb, following content players are available in India and known to be open for peering:

  1. Google
  2. Microsoft
  3. Amazon
  4. Limelight

 
A quick list of these with datacenter names and locations as taken from Peeringdb record of these networks.

Organisation ASN City Datacenter Location
Amazon 16509 Mumbai GPX Mumbai Unit A-001, Boomerang Chandivali Farm Road, Near Chandivali Studio, Andheri East Mumbai, Mumbai, 400 051
Amazon 16509 Noida Sify Greenfort – Noida B7, Block A, Sector 132, Noida Expressway, Noida , UP 201304
Amazon 16509 Mumbai Tata Mumbai IDC LVSB, Opposite Kirti College
6th floor, Prabahdevi
Mumbai, MH, 400 028
Google 15169 Chennai Bharti Airtel Santhome Bharti Towers, 101 Santhome High Road, Chennai, 600 028
Google 15169 Mumbai GPX Mumbai Unit A-001, Boomerang Chandivali Farm Road, Near Chandivali Studio, Andheri East Mumbai, Mumbai, 400 051
Google 15169 Noida Sify Greenfort – Noida B7, Block A, Sector 132, Noida Expressway, Noida , UP 201304
Google 15169 Chennai TATA Communications Ltd 14th floor, 2nd block
4, Swami Sivanand Salai, Chennai, TN 600 002
Google 15169 Delhi Tata Delhi VSB, Bangla Sahib Road, New Delhi 110001
Google 15169 Mumbai Tata Mumbai IDC LVSB, Opposite Kirti College
6th floor, Prabhadevi
Mumbai, MH, 400 028
Limelight 55439 / 22822 Chennai Bharti Airtel Santhome Bharti Towers, 101 Santhome High Road, Chennai, 600 028
Limelight 55439 / 22822 Mumbai Netmagic Vikhroli Mehra Industrial Estate
LBS Marg, Vikhroli
Mumbai, 400 079
Microsoft 8075 Mumbai Bharti Airtel Mumbai Plot No, TPS-2, 14/3, 2nd floor
Dattatray Road, Linking Road Extension
Mumbai, 400054
Microsoft 8075 Chennai Bharti Airtel Santhome Bharti Towers, 101 Santhome High Road, Chennai, 600 028
Microsoft 8075 Chennai TATA Communications Ltd 14th floor, 2nd block
4, Swami Sivanand Salai, Chennai, TN 600 002
Microsoft 8075 Delhi Tata Communications Ltd – GK1 Greater Kailash-1
New Delhi, 110048
Microsoft 8075 Mumbai Tata Mumbai IDC LVSB, Opposite Kirti College
6th floor, Prabhadevi
Mumbai, MH, 400 028

 
Besides these Google also has an option of GGC, Akamai has an option of Akamai Caching server, Facebook has the option for caching server which is hosted inside ISP’s network and Netflix has an option for OCAs. Besides these networks there are known nodes of Verizon’s Edgecast in Delhi, Mumbai & Chennai (as per this map), Cloudflare has nodes in Delhi, Mumbai & Chennai (as per this map), PCH & K-root server have a node with Web Werks available on MCH peering fabric and Dyn has a node in Mumbai (as per this map).
Go ahead and peer as after all it all starts with a handshake. 🙂