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Surveying the Global Internet Landscape: Dataplane.org

Dataplane.orgThere’s cool non-profit organization called Dataplane.org that you’ll enjoy getting data from.

Dataplane.org is a provider of data, analysis, and statistics about the Internet.  They monitor anomalies, risks, and statistics from over 300 nodes in 65 metro areas on 6 continents around the world.  In 2022 they ingested 585GB worth of data and then presented analysis of this data at conferences, in newsletters, and on their web site.

As they describe themselves on their website:

Dataplane.org started in 2016 on the heels of past and planned research projects conducted by our founder John Kristoffand is run by Dataplane.org NFP a charitable 501(c)(3) organization. He began by deploying sensors across various networks to observe and report on unsolicited Internet application communications. His PhD work led to ongoing BGP, DNS, IPv6, and RPKI experiments being incorporated into the suite of Dataplane.org activities. Today, Dataplane.org helps foster a more robust and healthier Internet through data, analysis, and statistics.

What kind of data are we talking about?  Some examples:

And lots more!

In fact you may already be using this data, as they feed a lot of Internet services – there’s a list on their home page.

Built on Community Providers

One cool aspect of Dataplane is that their far-reaching network is built on LowEnd community providers.  You’ll see tons of familiar faces on their providers list.  From AlexHost to Zappie, it’s a who’s-who of providers we shop with.

Very cool to see so many great providers on this list, and also great that Dataplane is so transparent from top to bottom about their methods.

Drink From the Firehose

Not only is Dataplane’s analysis available but the data itself is open source.  You can download the datasets and do your own analysis.

And if you find their work helpful or decide to incorporate it in one of your projects, don’t be shy about clicking the Donate button on their site.



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