Spring 2010 Internet2 Member Meeting

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The Evolution of Internet Exchange: TOP-IX Public and Private Broadband Infrastructure in Piedmont, Italy

Time 04/27/10 04:30PM-05:30PM

Session Abstract

In the last couple of years, internet peering started evolving towards a more generic approach to include the exchange of computing resources according to the cloud-computing model. The number of different private clouds is rising and new channels and exchange points might be needed in order to integrate them. TOP-IX promotes the development of public and private infrastructures and it is defining an inter-cloud architecture capable of addressing issues such as interoperability, data exchange formats and SLA management.
The vision of Top-IX is a scenario where the demand for computing power is met with the same flexibility and neutrality as the demand for bandwidth is met today.
As traffic exchange has shown its potentials for the Internet today, the exchange and trade of computing resources is likely to be one of the key points for Internet2.

TOP-IX is a private no-profit Consortium composed by Universities, Local Government and TLC/ICT enterprises, with the mission to develop the regional broadband infrastructure and to make it attractive to new businesses. Traffic exchanged on TOP-IX backbone has grown consistently since 2003 to reach 20Gb/s at daily peak time in 2009 and its Development Program directly supported more than 100 web-based startups in the last three years. The Consortium successfully realized a neutral and open platform to manage Internet development.


Speaker Lorenzo Benussi TOP-IX Consortium

Speaker Andrea Rivetti TOP-IX Consortium

Speaker Giovanni Ferrero TOP-IX Consortium

Speaker Andrea Casalegno TOP-IX Consortium

Secondary tracks The Future: What's Next for the Net?

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