Yesterday all the site staff from the Asia Pacific region snuck out to a secret location at lunchtime for the Regional Operations Centre meeting. The Asia Pacific region is unusual in EGI in that it still functions as a region rather than an NGI, but we all love it! At least when I was having problems with my APEL server in Australia, the ROC team based at ASGC in Taiwan jumped in there to save me.
The meeting was quite well attended - participants from Australia, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan and Taiwan. Many were meeting for the first time, and it was great to put some faces to the email addresses we're used to seeing. After a runaround of site status and plans, we got into operational issues and identified some areas where the ROC can improve its service.
There were many mentions of notes taken during the conference so far - particularly the use of virtualisation for supporting grid services. The welcome banquet of the previous night was also particularly well received!
The location of ISGC facilitates the prominence of Asia Pacific issues, and we decided to continue this tradition of site managers meeting here in the future.