Historically, Namex primary scope has been to provide a peering platform where network operators can share their Internet traffic. Namex success over the years – with its ever-growing traffic and ever-increasingmembership base – was the cornerstone to evolve the concept of the peering platform and to extend it into a new Marketplace. Through Namex Platform, Namex members can now trade their own services such as Anti-DDoS or IP Transit with each other. This new unique capability of Namex highly differentiates its value proposition and is also highly beneficial for all members who now have a new route to market where to offer their own services and generate more business opportunities for themselves. As this critical evolution was being planned, Namex faced a new challenge: to provide all members with the right tools – both technical and non-technical – to facilitate the marketing of their own services.
From a technical point of view, the interconnection platform had to prove flexible enough to allow such services regardless the location of the advertising member – and this, at a time where Namex was firmly expanding its metro presence. Also, the increase in the number of customers led Namex to choose a different approach to service provisioning: IP Fabric design with VXLAN as the overlay network and BGP EVPN as the control plane protocol was selected as the foundation for the new architecture. Automation immediately emerged as the critical factor to allow the automated provisioning also of the services offered by members. All of the above, and the peculiar CI/CD approach enabled by their Digital Twin technology led to the selection of NVIDIA Networking (Cumulus NOS on Mellanox Spectrum switches) as keytechnological partner.
The workshop will focus on those topics, Namex together with NVIDIA will have a conversation about this new technological solution and the motivations that led to its adoption.