The inaugural LKNOG Conference was held on 20 October 2017 at the Galle Face Hotel. Over 100 network operations professionals representing ISPs, telecommunication service providers, universities, and public and private sector organizations attended the event. The program covered topics including cybersecurity, IPv6, network monitoring and measurements, DNS security, Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), cloud technology, next-generation wireless technology, the Internet of Things, and number resources and policies.
Welcoming the delegates LKNOG Founder President Champika Wijayatunga said that the primary objective of LKNOG is aimed at bringing together the network operators and networking professionals in Sri Lanka regarding enhancing and coordinating educational, knowledge sharing and cooperation activities in the network operations space. The LKNOG community will provide a platform to discuss operational issues and technologies that interest network operators in Sri Lanka, and also unearth local talent and resource personnel who will be keen to contribute towards capacity building and knowledge sharing at large.
Another highlight of the event was the panel discussion on Cloud Technology where there were a lot of interactive discussions on areas such as cloud adoption in today’s data centres, challenges with network automation in private cloud, open source virtualization technology, security, scalability, application performance etc. The panel discussion was moderated by Subhash Chandra Bowse from Just In Time Technologies, and the panel consisted of Dr Nimal Ratnayake from the University of Peradeniya, Wellington Perera from Microsoft APAC, Muhammed Musthalie from Mobitel and Data Centre consultant Tharindu Meepegama. After a series of very fruitful discussions and knowledge sharing sessions, attendees voiced their appreciation and support for more LKNOG activities in the future.
The LKNOG organising team consist of enthusiastic networking professionals from Sri Lanka who are actively involved in contributing to numerous network operator groups in the world. LKNOG plans to have more activities in the future, and the programs will consist of conference presentations, panel discussions, technical hands-on workshops, tutorials and other engagement activities. LKNOG invites and encourages Sri Lankan network operational community members, women in ICT and youth to be engaged in these capacity building activities.
The conference was supported by were ParaQum Technologies (Principal Sponsor), Lanka Education and Research Network (Supporting Partner), APNIC, ICANN, .LK Domain Registry, Sri Lanka Telecom, Peo TV and Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter.