Peer 2.0 Conference Comes to Palo Alto, CA August 4-5, 2014

Agenda Focuses on Internet Transit, Network Peering and Next-Gen Interconnection, the Open Internet Exchange Movement, and More 

Peer 2.0 LogoPalo Alto, CA – August 1, 2014 – Peer 2.0 Foundation, a non-profit organization, invites the next generation of network engineers, network architects, and managers to attend its open educational conference for next-generation interconnection, Peer 2.0.  The inaugural event will be held August 4-5, 2014 in the Theatre of the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, CA, and brings together many of the Internet’s largest users and enablers to provide an inside view into what makes the Internet work.    

Peer 2.0 is designed to provide attendees with valuable insight into Internet architecture and what makes it function.  Topics include transit, peering, connectivity, route servers, evolution of the interconnection landscape, and more. 

The Peer 2.0 agenda consists of two days of educational sessions, interactive panels and networking opportunities.  The first day’s activities will provide attendees with a strong foundation in the areas of Internet peering, covering terminology, application, processes, and experiences from a practical and business perspective.  A 9:00 AM attendee welcome by the event’s platinum sponsors will be followed by engaging panel discussions and educational sessions presented and led by the who’s who of the peering community, including but not limited to:

  • Zaid Ali Kahn and Ritesh Maheshwari of LinkedIn presenting Direct Interconnection Improves Performance;
  • Tim Parker of GoDaddy discussing Remote Peering;
  • Pandora’s Steve Ginsberg presenting Peering in A Major;
  • Martin Levy of CloudFlare presenting Surviving A DDoS Attack – What Every Host Needs to Know; and
  • Pros and Cons of Route Servers delivered by TorIX’s own Blake Crosby.  

Day 2 of the conference will cover more advanced topics, including interconnection ideals, strategies, problems, trends and improvements of Internet interconnection, as well as address common industry questions and challenges. Following a brief welcome, Equinix Founder Jay Adelson will deliver a keynote entitled Looking Back, Looking Forward.  The keynote will be followed by:

  • The Value of a “Peer” – Part I presented by Dave Siegel of Level 3;
  • Shortest Path Bridging (SPBM) – Simple Technology for a Robust Cloud by Paul Ubenhagen, Co-author of “IEEE 802.1aq/Shortest Path Bridging”;
  • Open-IX Panel: Past, Present, Future featuring Clint Heiden of EdgeConneX, Derek Garnier of Layer 42 and Vinay Nagpal of DuPont Fabros Technology;
  • Interconnection Automation by LinkedIn’s Zaid Ali Kahn;
  • The Power of Interconnection Cooperation by Keith Mitchell of OARC;  
  • Interconnection Changes in a Post Exhaustion World delivered by Richard Jimmerson of ARIN, Owen Delong of Hurricane Electric, as well as several other industry experts;
  • And more. 

Sponsors of the Peer 2.0 event include LinkedIn, EdgeConneX, IIX and Avaya, among other.  Sponsorship opportunities remain available.  Registration is open online here.  One-day passes are $100.00 or $150.00 for two days.  More information about the event can be found at

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About Peer 2.0
Peer 2.0 Foundation is a non-profit organization hosting Open Educational Conferences for Next-Generation Interconnection organically developed by thought-leaders to bring education to the next generation of network engineers, Internet architects and business leaders.  Programs are organized to provide insights into the evolution of the role of network engineering, peering coordination, and emerging supportive automated systems.  The overall goal of Peer 2.0 is to provide an educational experience open to all of those across the community who want to learn and help grow the community of direct connections at the core of the Internet.  For more information, visit or email

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