16th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop June 30, 2016

Registration is now open for the 16th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop which will be hosted by Internet2 on 29-30 September 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Miami, USA. This is being held in conjunction with the Internet2 Technology Exchange 2016.

This workshop will bring together leading network personnel from around the world to collaborate and exchange knowledge on new lambda networking technologies, middleware and applications. The workshop will focus on global network architectures and initiatives, SDNs and SDXs, as well as the latest high bandwidth applications.

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KanREN Launches 100 Gbps HyperCore & 10 Gbps ResilientRing June 30, 2016

On Tuesday, June 28th, KanREN deployed two innovative networks designed to support the data sharing needs of modern research and education in the state of Kansas.

HyperCore is a dual-redundant, geographically diverse backbone with multiple 100 Gigabit connections shared by University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State University, and the University of Kansas Medical Center. ResilientRing is a dual-redundant, geographically diverse network of multiple 10 Gigabit connections at Fort Hays State University, Emporia State University, Pittsburg State University and Washburn University.

HyperCore and ResilientRing are interconnected at exit points in Wichita and Kansas City, providing 100 Gbps upstream speeds to Internet2, an advanced, international network of leaders in research, academia, industry and government. The networks are deployed utilizing a combination of fiber owned and operated by KanREN, KSU, KU, and KUMC and lit fiber from Kansas Fiber Network.

“HyperCore and ResilientRing represent two years of planning and collaboration with forward thinking universities throughout the state of Kansas,” said Cort Buffington, KanREN’s Executive Director. “Not only were we able to deploy a next generation network that will attract high-end research and innovative businesses to Kansas, but it was launched within budget and four days ahead of schedule. Early is an unfamiliar phrase in IT. We are proud we get to say it.”

“HyperCore and ResilientRing are invaluable to us as we continue to build connections between KU and the private sector,” said GR Underwood, President of the Bioscience and Technology Business Center at KU. “Modern innovations in technology and biopharmaceutical research rely heavily on the transfer of big data. KanREN has engineered a pipeline for data that will give us a competitive edge for the foreseeable future.”

Read the full article on KanREN’s website.

WVNET and KINBER’s PennREN Network in Pennsylvania Establish New Cross-Connection Between Networks June 22, 2016

The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) and West Virginia Network (WVNET) recently turned up a new fiber-optic peering connection between the two networks in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. KINBER, Pennsylvania’s statewide research, education and community network and trusted technology partner, provides advanced networking infrastructure and services to non-profit organizations and fosters collaboration between Pennsylvania-based organizations for value-added services such as Internet2 connectivity, realistic high-definition video, real-time videoconferencing, and data sharing. WVNET is a dynamic service organization providing telecommunications and computing services to West Virginia to higher education, K-12, libraries, state government and non-profits.

The new 10 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) fiber-optic connection now provides greater capacity and speed between Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Vice Chancellor for Technology and WVNET Director Dan O’Hanlon comments, “In these modern times, the speed of a connection is crucial for our customers. The cross-connect between WVNET and PennREN will help speed up connectivity between the two statewide networks in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and enable future enhanced connectivity to the Internet as well as to Internet2. WVNET is constantly seeking out opportunities to make our connections stronger, faster and safer.”

WVNET and PennREN are not strangers to each other since they are both regional network members of Internet2. This new network peering partnership will further their relationship. The new connection is a great benefit for KINBER and WVNET members and connected institutions, enabling better network connectivity and access to a broader range of network based services and applications.

“By working together on the direct connection between the two state networks, KINBER and WVNET are able to increase services to our communities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia,” said Wendy Huntoon, president and CEO of KINBER. “Through this new peering connection, both organizations are now better positioned to enable our communities for enhanced community networking, public safety and educational applications and services between the two states now and in the future.”

The new high speed peering connection with WVNET is the first of several planned peering connections with other state and regional networks underway for KINBER.

Read the full press release on the KINBER website.