Internet Association of Australia’s Transition to Spanning Tree Protocol to Reduce Costs and Improve Accessibility for Members

The Internet Association of Australia, which operates IX Australia, will consolidate all of its state-based Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) into a single platform to operate the Spanning Tree Protocol.

Internet Association of Australia (IAA) claims that this enlightened future-proof model will be significantly streamlined to reduce cost and increase accessibility. Members will log into a single tree platform, which will be available across its more than 40 sites and 60 switches on extended trees.

“This is an elegant, tried and true protocol that everyone knows how to use. All vendors have implemented it reliably and know how to support it. This enlightened approach will simplify everything and bring the OSI layers back to place them out of Layer 3 and have a large Layer 2 broadcast domain where everyone connected will see everyone without the impediment of filters,” comments the IAA CEO. Narelle Clark.

To commemorate 90 years of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, IAA will create a major national bridge between all networks.

“This new protocol will replace inconvenient and cumbersome protocols like MPLS and VPLS. Under this new model, all peering sessions will be migrated to OSPF and we are removing BGP. Members wishing to continue peering will need to redistribute BGP into OSPF,” explains the leader of the technical team of the IAA Nick Pratley.

“Each IX will be joined into a single VLAN. Perth will now benefit from all local peers in Sydney.”

“We needed to determine the best course of action for the network, and after using a Magic Quadrant to determine how well we had executed on our vision thus far, it was clear this was the way to go,” concludes Clark.

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