FOSS Network Infrastructure and Security/About the Author
Gaurab Raj Upadhaya is currently employed as Internet Economics Analyst/Staff Engineer at Packet Clearing House (http://www.pch.net), a research non-profit based in Berkeley, California. He works mostly in Internet backbone operations, analyzing peering relationships between operators and roles of Internet Exchange Points in different parts of Asia. Much of the work involves training ISPs in developing countries about best practices on network operations. He also runs the PCH INOC-DBA (http://www.pch.net/inocdba) hotline phone system for service providers. He initiated the Nepal Internet Exchange and currently serves as its voluntary CEO.
In 2003, Gaurab started the South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG), a non-profit educational event and forum for ISPs in the South Asian Region (http://www.sanog.org). SANOG has a track dedicated to in-depth hands-on workshops on ISP operations using FOSS, along side other workshops on BIND/DNS and Security. He currently chairs SANOG. He is also the vice-chair of Asia Pacific Internet Association (http://www.apia.org), and Management Committee member for Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT) (http://www.apricot.net).
In the past he has served as a National UN Volunteer, working for the UNDP/Cisco/USAID Least Developing Countries Initiative (http://www.cisco.com/edu/ldci) as Unites volunteer (http://www.unites.org). He has been using Linux and FOSS since 1996. He previously worked as system and network administrator for United Mission to Nepal (http://www.umn.org.np).
His personal website is http://www.gaurab.org.np. He likes travel, photography and reading books when he is not on the network.Last modified on 3 June 2009, at 01:40