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[AFRINIC-rpd] Last call - Academic IPv4 Allocation- AFPUB-2013-GEN-001-DRAFT-03 -

Sunday Folayan sfolayan at
Wed Jul 10 17:36:48 UTC 2013


On 10 Jul 2013 18:07, "Owen DeLong" <owen at> wrote:

> 3. in many other cases we have been addressing HEI together with Research
> Institutes (RI), example RENs e.g TERNET in .TZ, why on this discussion are
> we pulling out HEI from the combined HEI and RI category ?
> Firstly I don't think we are really pulling HEI's out from a collective,
> as the current policies actually refer to academic institutions and if you
> are referring to the fee discounts, applied equally to individual
> institutions and NREN's, both LIR's and PI users.  This policy focuses on
> end users for a few reasons as I see it.  Firstly, before an LIR can
> allocate end user space, it needs to be able to see that the end user can
> justify that space requirement.  While there are some NREN's that are in a
> position to evaluate such requests (KENET, TENET as examples, but these are
> not the only one), many of the NREN's are still fledgling organisations and
> the evaluation of such requests would be challenging.  Secondly, if you
> look at the audit reports against modern universities from external
> auditors, more and more one of the requirements is backup of critical
> systems (I can demonstrate at least 3 audit reports where the auditors have
> demanded offsite hot standby on critical IT systems).  The next evolution
> of this and we're already seeing it, is backup Internet connectivity from a
> second provider, due to the criticality of the service.  This is in no way
> detrimental to the national academic networks, it is merely sane strategy
> for any University who relies on its connectivity to function.  In order to
> do proper multi-homing as we see in many institutions around the world, PI
> space and an ASN is a requirement.  As such, the end users (the
> Universities) need their own space to implement such a strategy.
> Andrew,
> In the latest draft of your proposal, you specifically used the term
> Higher Education Institutions rather than accept the suggestion from
> several people to use the term Academic Institutions (which to my mind
> would encompass HEI, RI, and some others).
> I respectfully suggest that the best way to address point 3 is by
> modifying your proposal to refer to Academic institutions rather than HEI
> as I think the use of the term HEI is causing confusion and unnecessary
> opposition while simultaneously adding useless limitations to the
> applicability of your proposal.
> Owen
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