Posts By: Jennifer Bly

Interop Las Vegas: Doubling Down on IPv6

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Last week, we carved out a corner of the Interop Las Vegas expo floor for any attendees with questions about IPv4, IPv6, ARIN technical services, and so forth. To our delight, we were flooded from start to finish with all manner of organizations from across the region, and questions on nearly every topic! The biggest topic, of course, is IPv6 adoption. More organizations asked us about how to get IPv6 deployed than ever before, and with good reason.

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Building a High-Availability PostgreSQL Cluster at ARIN

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ARIN is a small organization with a big job. ARIN keeps track of IP addresses and Autonomous system numbers for both North America and parts of the Caribbean. This information is kept in a high-availability database that is core to ARIN’s services . This database is known as Jon Postel’s notebook, in tribute to Dr. Jon Postel who was one of the early luminaries of the Internet and who had the first job to keep track of names and numbers.

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A Process of Refining Policies

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The Atlanta PPC was a good example of the how the ARIN policy process works, it is a process of refinement. Proposals and draft policies go through multiple reviews and revisions before being accepted as Policy and added to the Number Resource Policy Manual (NRPM) or abandoned along the way.

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Still Testing in Production? Now You Can Test Your Code in ARIN’s OT&E

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ARIN has developed some very helpful tools to help users learn about, request, and manage IP addresses and Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs) over the years. Our customers rely on things like ARIN Online and the Whois directory service to manage and monitor the resources their organizations hold. If your job entails keeping Internet number resource records up-to-date, you have most likely used these tools as well, perhaps even multiple times a day.

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Follow the Policy Path from Proposal to Adoption

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Today we will discuss eight draft policies, one recommended draft policy, and three policy proposals – and the success of each will be determined by the outcome of ARIN’s policy process. It can be difficult to follow what all the terms we use to describe the different steps in our Policy Development Process (PDP), so I’m going to try to help break down all these variations for you so you will know exactly what we’re talking about when we say “draft policy” versus “recommended draft policy” and so on.

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Setting a Customer Focused Approach

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ARIN isn’t an organization I can stay away from for long. I served a number of roles at ARIN over the course of 13 years, before moving to the Internet Society to implement new programs focused on deploying key Internet technologies. I was excited to have the opportunity to return to ARIN and lead efforts to hone our focus on the customer and improve the way we serve our community.

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How to Request an ASN from ARIN

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The ARIN Registration Services Department assists many organizations in obtaining Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs). Last week you may have heard from the NRO that the global pool of available 2-byte ASNs is nearing depletion. But let’s take a step back. What is an ASN? Who needs one? Why? And how can you get one if you need one?

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