LEARN Announces New CEO January 31, 2020

Lubbock, Texas (January 31, 2020) – LEARN Board of Directors has selected Akbar Kara to
succeed Pankaj Shah as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 31, 2020.

Kara has served as LEARN’s only Chief Technology Officer since 2006. He has 26 years of direct
networking experience with campus, regional, and international networks supporting science
and discovery. Prior to LEARN, Kara served as Network Director at the Columbia University
Medical Center. Kara recently led and completed a $2M optical backbone upgrade of the entire
LEARN network and he also architected a regional collaboration strategy with the neighboring
states that reduces TCO for content delivery and other network services. Over the years, Kara
has served five times as WAN Transport Committee Chair for an International Super Computing
Conference. [Read full press release LEARN | NEWS]

IU’s GlobalNOC offers network monitoring service, improving research collaboration January 31, 2020

The NetSage regional network monitoring system, was previously only available to users who collaborated via an NSF grant.

Indiana University’s Global Research Network Operations Center (GlobalNOC), a leader for 20 years in research networks, has expanded its service offering to include NetSage, a regional network monitoring system. Until recently, network owners interested in using NetSage had to be part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) project with the International Networks at IU (IN@IU) team in order to have a deployment for their system.

NetSage is a network measurement, analysis, and visualization service designed to address the needs of today’s regional networks, especially in regard to global science research. Funded by the NSF, NetSage is a collaboration between network and data visualization experts from IU, the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/Energy Science Network to detect and resolve network performance issues across a region. [Read the full news article at IU GlobalNOC | News & Events]

MCNC and Facebook to Bring High-Speed Internet to Western North Carolina January 28, 2020

FOREST CITY and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Jan. 28, 2020) – MCNC, the non-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), today announced a collaboration with Facebook to make high-speed broadband available to nearly 30 Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in the western North Carolina counties of Rutherford, Burke, Caldwell, Wilkes, and Surry.

These North Carolina communities will access high-speed broadband at the CAIs throughout the five counties. These institutions include education, health care and non-profit facilities such as community colleges, charter schools, treatment facilities and government offices where residents will be able to access high-speed connectivity. [Read the full press release at MCNC News]