Workshop and Tutorials

ngNOG Workshop on Network Technology

ngNOG Workshop on Network Technology offers training to those who are in the process of developing and enhancing and managing an Internet-connected network with local and international connectivity. The target audience includes mid-level and senior technical staff of research and education networks, public and private networks, commercial Internet Service Providers (ISPs), NGOs and other stakeholders.

This workshop is a domestication of the AfNOG workshops held annually from 2000 to 2009 in ten different African countries, and also the Internet Society's INET workshops, held annually from 1993 to 2000 at eight locations around the world. The workshop's instructors are a team of highly skilled individuals with many years of experience operating medium to large networks both in the academic and private sector and teaching about network operations.

The workshop is delivered in English in five parallel tracks (from 2007), namely:

Track SysAdmin
System Administration; focused on the selection, installation and administration of appropriate Enterprise-wide Operating System as a platform for delivery of Internet services. This course features the installation and administration of the Free BSD (Unix) platform.

Track IS
Internet Services; focused on the design and operation of email, web, and other Internet services, in ways that can scale to handle large numbers of end users. From 2009, this track will emphasize network applications, content and development.

Track II
Internet Infrastructure; focused on the design and operation of networks using routers and switches, in ways that can scale to handle large numbers of interconnected sites.

Track APT
Appropriate Power Technology, focused on Energy Planning, backups, and alternative power

technologies for networks in energy-challenged environments.

Track IT Mngt
IT Strategy and Management; focused on Strategic Planning and Management of ICT units and departments that provide services to network clients and users.

Track ACD
Content Development and Management; focused on Content Development Platforms and Applications, their management and uses.

ngNOG also includes several tutorials, typically ranging from 30 minutes to half a day in duration.

Tutorials
Tutorials are technical workshops which focus on a particular subject in-depth and are generally noncommercial in nature. Tutorials take place in a classroom-style environment, and may include a hands-on practical component. They are intended to highlight issues relating to technology already deployed or soon to be deployed, case studies on networking and related services provisioning for research and education networks, public and private networks, commercial Internet Service Providers (ISPs), NGOs and other stakeholders.

Potential topics include:
- Energy Planning for Networks in off-grid and poorly electrified areas
- Campus Network Design Principles
- Content Management Development/eLearning
- Mail list etiquette
- Network planning, management and traffic engineering
- Standards and Documentation
- Broadband first/last mile access technologies
- LAN & WAN Wireless Technologies
- VOIP Solutions
- Securing Network & Services
- Managing SPAM and Viruses
- Web Caching and Bandwidth optimization
- Content, Applications, streaming and multimedia infrastructure
- Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)
- AfriNIC LIR Training (and application for IP Address block (s))