[arin-tech-discuss] Preparation guide for RPKI 'surprise' outages (Was: Notice of upcoming maintenance to ARIN’s RPKI infrastructure)

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Tue Jun 15 06:16:38 EDT 2021

On 14 Jun 2021, at 7:48 PM, heasley <heas at shrubbery.net> wrote:
>> ARIN announced an upcoming 'surprise' maintenance in July 2021. Full
>> details have not yet been disclosed - to make it a real surprise! :-)
>> I think this RPKI experiment is useful, as it can help ARIN better
>> understand its role and responsibilities in the ecosystem, which will
>> help making more informed decisions.
> I do not like surprises and want to complain about this planned surprise.
> I do not want to be woken for something for which I could have planned
> (ASes across the globe utilize this), nor have emergencies be fabricated
> for me.  Besides just being rude, it would be far more useful to observe
> the behavior from start to finish, than to react to a failure.
> I also do not consider it ARIN's prerogative to test how clients react
> to failure of their pub point.  Every member has the ability to do this
> themselves, how and where they desire (such as a lab rather than prod.),
> and on their schedule.  Some likely experience publicaiton points being
> inaccessible daily.  ARIN's goal should be the near uninterrupted
> operation of their public facing services.

ARIN will publish additional information closer to the scheduled maintenance. 

> If ARIN requires a maintenance period, publish that period and adhere to
> it.  As our customers expect from us, I expect from ARIN.

See above.

> This is no longer a toy.

That is quite correct - and all the more reason to confirm that your systems are configured so that lack of availability results in graceful fallback per best practices. 


John Curran
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers

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