Neutral Peering Days 2018

  • What: Neutral Peering Days 2018
  • When: September 13 & 14
  • Where: The Hague, The Netherlands

This September the Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus in Scheveningen, The Hague will once again set the stage for the Neutral Peering Days.

The Neutral Peering Days 2018 will bring together NL-ix members and partners and the international peering, ICT & interconnection community. For two days, leading industry experts will share their visions on the latest market and technological developments with senior-level attendees from around the world. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. For the first time, the 2018 conference will be built around two parallel programs:

Track One will be the familiar Peering Program, covering the latest global developments and collaborations in networking, peering and traffic standards, management and architecture. On the first day the focus will be on the international interconnection landscape. On the second day we will go completely Tech!

On the first day of Track Two we will focus on the new and exciting ways in which Digital Transformation is changing the interconnection needs of enterprises and ISPs alike. The Interconnected era offers a multitude of opportunities, but it also brings about threats. On the second day we will focus on: Security in the Interconnected Era.

The second ‘What the Hack’ - the hugely successful live anti-DDOS hackathon - will take place at the same time, bringing together the brightest and best data security problem-solvers.

And to top it all off, the always popular Late Summer Drink will take place on the Thursday evening. With close to 400 guests attending last year (despite some seriously heavy weather!) this is one sociable evening you won’t want to miss!

The new twin-track conference provides a unique opportunity for you to meet your peers and as one of last year’s delegates said: “the whole event did a great job of promoting and encouraging collaboration across the critical ecosystems.” In addition to the conference program, the venue and schedule are designed to offer plenty of places and opportunities for networking and one-on-one meetings.

Let’s meet in The Hague!

How to get there and parking information


The Neutral Peering Days wouldn't be possible without the support of our sponsors.
We are currently interviewing all our sponsors. The interviews will be published here.


Matthew Larby EdgeConneXMatthew Larbey, Managing Director of EdgeConnex

"Traffic Movements & Trends"

Digital Realty

Valerie Walsh Digital RealtyVal Walsh, SVP Portfolio and Commercial Management, Digital Realty:

"Focus on the €25BN NL Data Economy".

Iron Mountain

Sander DeudekomSander Deudekom, Marketing Executive at Iron Mountain

"Iron Mountain on Transformation".


Sander DeudekomDirk van den Borne, Director of Architecture with Juniper Networks:

"The 400gbps (R)evolution".

Serverius Interxion

Sander DeudekomDirector Connectivity, Interxion. Mark will be moderating the Peering Tech Track and participating in the Future of Peering Panel.

"Where Next for Peering Tech?".

Global Switch

Vincent RaisVincent Rais, Global Switch Sales Manager

"Growth & Eastern Promise".


Michiel EijeltsMichiel Eijelts, Managing Director Equinix Benelux

"Digital Transformation , Connecting the Future".


Ed ZalmstraEd Zalmstra, Netherlands Sales Director for ADVA Optical

"Three Trends in the Network".

Enter Flexoptics

Thomas WeibleThomas Weible, CTO and Co-Founder Flexoptix, will be speaking at the Interconnection Tech Track on Friday.

"We do optics".


Jeroen van BrusselJeroen van Brussel, Vice President Marketing, Sales and Business Development NL|DC

"Broadening the biggest Dutch colocation provider".


Mark DaleyMark Daley, Digital Strategy & Business Development Director at Epsilon Telecommunications:

"Can the Network be the New cloud".

Telia Carrier

Stefan ZaalStefan Zaal, Account Director Telia Carrier

"Building on the World’s #1 Backbone".


Stefan ZaalJens Möller, Director Carrier & Regional Sales, e-shelter

"Countdown to Amsterdam Launch".

Verisign Fiberring

Bart van der Sloot FiberringBart van der Sloot, Managing Director of FiberRing:

"Developments on the Edge".

A10 Networks

Pavel Minarek, FlowmonPavel Minařík - CTO of Flowmon

"ISPs: The DDOS Window is Closing ".

Extreme Networks

Sanjay Khanna, ExtremeSanjay Khanna - Vice President of Product Management

"Tell us your plans".

KPN Business Continuity

Anton Rietveld KPN Business ContinuityAnton Rietveld, Commercial Product Manager KPN Business Continuity

"Continuity in the cloud, with connectivity across the country".

Program 2018

Program Neutral Peering Days 2018:


09:00 – 10:15

Registration, coffee & Meeting Time

10:15 – 10:30


Jan Hoogenboom, Founder NL-ix

Time Track 1 - Peering & Interconnect
Moderator: Mirjam Kühne - Ripe NCC | Changes in the Peering Landscape - Read the interview
10:30 – 11:00

Interconnection in Africa

11:00 – 11:30

The Peering Landscape in Russia

11:30 – 11:45

Peering Personals

The opportunity to introduce yourself and your organisation including the latest updates in 1 minute!

11:45 – 12:15

Coffee break

12.15 – 12:45

Denmark:The New Northern Hub

12.45 – 13:15

It’s Flow Time! The Role and Importance of Flow Monitoring in Network Operations and Security

13:15 – 13:30

Peering Personals

The opportunity to introduce yourself and your organisation including the latest updates in 1 minute!

13:30 – 15:00

Lunchbreak & Meet Me Time

15:00 – 15:15

RPKI for Managers

15:15 – 15:30

New EuroIX standard for BGP Large Communities

15:30 – 15:45

Coffee break

15:45 – 16:00

The Peering Crunch; Setting the Stage for the panel discussion

16:00 – 16:10

Kicking off the Panel Discussion.

16:10 – 17:15

The Future of Peering - Panelists: Christian Kaufmann - Akamai, Aydin Yildiz - NL-ix, Mark Cooper - Interxion, Will Hargrave - LONAP, Eric Loos - BICS

17:15 – 17:30


18:00 – 23:30

Late Summer Drinks

Time Track 2 - The Digital Transformation
10:45 – 11:15

The Digital Transformation of Higher Education

11:15 – 11:45

Interconnection as key and driver of Digital Transformation

11:45 – 12:15

Coffee Break

12:15 – 13:15

Representatives from: DHPA, Dutch Government, ISP Connect, Fiber Carrier Association and Dutch Data Center Association.

13:15 – 15:00

Lunch & Meeting Time

15:00 – 15:30

Can the Network be the New Cloud

15:30 – 16:00


16:00 – 16:15

Coffee Break

16:15 – 16:45

The other side of The Digital Transformation

16:45 – 17:15

Bringing the IoT Promise to Life

17:15 – 17:30

Closing Day 1

18:00 – 23:30

Late Summer Drinks


10:30 – 11:30

Registration, coffee & Meeting Time

11:30 – 11:45


Time Track 1 - Peering Tech
Moderator: Mark Cooper - Interxion | Where Next for Peering Tech? - Read the interview
11:45 – 12:15

The 400GE (R)evolution

12:15 – 12:30

Coffee break

12:30 – 13:00

Alice: Through the Looking Glass

13:00 – 13:30

New approaches to secure optical networks

13:30 – 14:00

Lunchbreak & Meeting Time

14:00 – 14:30

Deploying a Disaggregated Network Model using EVPN Technology

14:30 – 15:00

PAM4: an introdution into the new world of 400G transceivers

15:00 – 15:30

Security through Learning, Sharing, Transforming and Applying

15:30 – 15:45


15:45 – 19:00

Transfer to NL-ix HQ & closing BBQ

Time Track 2 - Security
Moderator: Jerry Grondel - NL-ix |
11:45 – 12:15

Security Issues with IoT

12:15 – 12:30

Coffee break

12:30 – 13:00

DDoS Trends and Flexible Mitigation

13:00 – 13:30

The Internet as a Secure Interconnect Platform

13:30 – 14:00

Lunchbreak & Meeting Time

14:00 – 14:30

What could possibly go wrong..

15:00 – 15:30

Security through Learning, Sharing, Transforming and Applying

15:30 – 15:45


15:45 – 19:00

Transfer to NL-ix HQ & closing BBQ


Join What the Hack, The Hackathon against DDoS!

Network Engineers with programming skills and coders/developpers wanted!
Are you ready to help the Internet against DDos attacks?


The denial of service (DDoS) attack is one of the most powerful attacks used by hackers to harm a company or organization. During the What the Hack Hackathon multiple teams of programmers, developers and tech professionals will work around the clock and in competition with each other to build innovative software solutions for solving real-world DDoS problems.


What the Hack will take place at Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus The Hague as a part of the Neutral Peering Days organised by NL-ix. The organisation will provide:

  • A dedicated Hacking space at the Kurhaus.
  • A fully operational network infrastructure.
  • Testing Tools.
  • Traffic generator.
  • Meals and snacks.
  • Coffee and drinks.
  • A Hack Hoek at the Late Summer Drinks.
  • Great prizes!


  • own device
  • A headphone
  • All your creativity


All software solutions will be judged by a professional jury of 4 industry experts. The winning teams will be announced at the end of the security Track of the Neutral Peering Days 2018.


Still have questions left about taking part in What the Hack or want to participate? We are happy to talk to you! Please contact us via


The Neutral Peering Days welcome attendees from both the Dutch and international Interconnection community. To accommodate a great diversity in attending organizations we kindly request each organization (sponsors excluded) to register no more than two guests for the event. To stimulate the attendance of a valued and focused event audience we take it upon our discretion to refuse registrations that do not match the collective and unique nature of the Neutral Peering Days.

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You will be redirected to the NL-ix website to register.

Meet the attendees

Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus

The Neutral Peering Days 18 will be held at the Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus, a famous landmark location on the Dutch coast. The hotel is situated a stone’s throw away from Beach Club Culpepper, venue for the Late Summer Drinks on September 13th. As our attendee, you can book rooms at the Kurhaus at a special meeting rate from 11-16 of September. Rooms can be booked directly by following the booking link below:

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Please be aware that we have a limited number of rooms available at the Kurhaus. All rooms without a booking will be released to the hotel early June. Afterwards hotel rooms can only be acquired (at the meeting rate) based on availability. We would therefore like to urge you to book your room well in advance.

How to get there and parking information

Alternative hotels (3 stars)

Rather not stay at the main conference hotel? We can heartily recommend the following two hotels, both situated within a two-minute walking distance from the Grand Hotel Kurhaus.

IBIS, The Hague Scheveningen Hotel (3-stars)
Would you like to stay close to the beach of Scheveningen? The Ibis hotel sits within a 3-minute walking distance from the boulevard and a comfortable 12-minute walk from Beach club Culpepper, venue of the Late Summer Drinks. Room rates per night around 80 euros excluding breakfast.
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IBIS, The Hague Scheveningen Hotel
Gevers Deynootweg 63
2586 BJ, Scheveningen, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)70 3543300

Ramada, The Hague Scheveningen (3-stars superior)
The 3-star superior Ramada The Hague Scheveningen hotel is situated across the street from the beach and the bustling boulevards filled with stores and restaurants and a comfortable 10-minute walk from Beach club Culpepper, venue of the Late Summer Drinks. Room price per night around 110 euros excluding breakfast.
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Ramada, The Hague Scheveningen
Zwolsestraat 17
2587 TX, Den Haag, Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)70 3065500