IX Australia’s new out-of-band (OOB) network has officially been commissioned and is now being used in production! Powered by ZPE’s NodeGrid devices and utilising state-of-the-art technologies such as WireGuard VPNs, this solution replaces the original OOB network that was running on end-of-life equipment. The new solution (high-level overview shown below) includes three redundant head-ends with LTE cellular connectivity, including one hosted completely external to our networks. This ensures access to all of our devices in the worst possible events, including those resulting in the direst of outages. The new network has already come in handy with a recent outage involving an OSPF process failure on one of our WA-IX switches – watch out for an upcoming blog post that will discuss this further.