Having been the main driving force behind SixXS which we ran from 2000 till 2017, and running private colocated machines since 2012, networking has always been a semi-pro hobby that turned into work. In the SixXS project I built and managed the Ghost Route Hunter (GRH) system for analyzing BGP anomalies, this was done by operating AS8298 and doing multi-hop BGP and analyzing the incoming BGP feeds.
I have been and still am commercially involved in development of network management tools, network traffic monitoring and analysis systems, research on a variety of subjects and am an IETF contributor.
As such, there is the next step: own LIR, IPv4, IPv6 and BGP speaking network. The best way to learn and experiment is to be able to play with a network and establish the best practices by practicing, which is not always possible in a full commercial environment.
Network setupBecause of the researchy nature of my endeviours, the network is split into two parts:
- Stable traffic for connectivity and hosting of a variety of projects (eg. Mesyx, private galleries, mail servers etc)
- Sub-network behind the production part of the network
- Private ASN behind the main ASN for time being, long term: separate routing policy and ASN (eg prod might not use virtual IX anymore)