Zayo selected as authorized provider for The Quilt July 02, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. – Zayo Group, LLC (“Zayo”), an international provider of Bandwidth Infrastructure, today announced it has been selected as an Authorized Quilt Provider (AQP) of IP services for The Quilt, a national coalition of advanced regional networks for research and education.

As an AQP, Zayo can now provide IP services to Quilt members, including 35 regional networks that collectively pass traffic for more than 3,000 colleges, universities, and K-12 educational institutions across the U.S.

Zayo was selected as an AQP through the Quilt’s Commodity Internet Services Program, an initiative focused on providing members with high-bandwidth, reliable network services at a lower cost. To be recognized as an AQP, internet service providers must participate in The Quilt’s RFP process, which requires the submission of national pricing, peering point locations, and fiber network footprint. The Quilt then selects AQPs based on the provider’s ability to accommodate member network requirements at a negotiated member price.

“Zayo’s dense metro fiber presence and extensive Tier-1 network spans 45 U.S. states, allowing us to deliver end-to-end IP solutions with diverse routes and complete control over capacity and quality management,” said Max Clauson, VP of IP Services at Zayo. “As an Authorized Quilt Provider, we look forward to working with the organization’s members to provide the high-bandwidth IP solutions their users require.”

“Zayo’s broad network footprint, ability to provide the significant bandwidth needs of our member networks, and customer support make Zayo a solid service provider for Quilt members,” said Jen Leasure, President and CEO, The Quilt.

For more information on Zayo and its IP services, visit .

About Zayo Group
Based in Boulder, Colo., Zayo Group provides comprehensive Bandwidth Infrastructure services in over 300 markets throughout the US and Europe. Zayo delivers a full suite of lit services and dark fiber products to wireline and wireless customers, data centers, Internet content providers, high-bandwidth enterprises, and government agencies across its robust 79,000 route mile network. The company also offers 27 carrier-neutral colocation facilities across the US. Please visit  for more information about Zayo and its fiber solutions.

About The Quilt
The Quilt is the national coalition of advanced regional networks for research and education, representing 35 networks across the country. Participants in The Quilt provide advanced network services and applications to more than 250 universities and thousands of other educational institutions throughout the United States.

SC14: SCinet Workshop Calls for Demos and Papers are Out! May 28, 2014

SC14 and SCinet just released a call for demos and papers inviting our network community to submit proposals on “Innovating the Network for Data-Intensive Science.” The accepted demos and papers will be presented at a half-day workshop on Friday, November 21, 2014.

Topics of interest for the demos include (but are not limited to):
·      Optical networking
·      Software-defined networking
·      Network architecture
·      Switching and routing
·      Network monitoring and management, and control
·      Security/encryption and resilience
·      Scheduling and reservation
·      Complexity and optimization
·      Open clouds and storage area networks

For the papers, submissions can be on previous network research projects from the “SC13 Network Research Exhibition” or the “SCinet Research Sandbox”; or on a planned SC14 demo. Paper submissions will be peer-reviewed and selected by an SC14 Review Committee.  Accepted full papers will be presented at the SC14 Workshop, “Innovating the Network for Data-Intensive Science,” and be published in the Future Generation Computer Systems Journal.

More information on the call for demos:

More information on the call for papers:

Deadline for demo and paper abstracts are July 11, 2014!
Submissions site:

Quilt Affiliate Member BCNET Continues to Build Value through Collaboration May 16, 2014

Helps to reduce and avoid increased costs by $9.2M for Higher Education

[Vancouver, May 15, 2014] BCNET, a not-for-profit, shared information technology (IT) services organization, led by and for its members, revealed today how sharing IT services is helping B.C.’s colleges, research universities and institutes reduce and avoid increased IT costs by over $9.2 million in fiscal year 2013/14. BCNET’s collaborative model enables the entire public, post-secondary sector in B.C. to leverage its buying power and share best practices for hardware and software procurements, IT services and advanced network services.

BCNET is continuing to collaborate with the sector to reduce costs and gain efficiencies by leading IT related initiatives in partnership with 25 post-secondary institutions and the Ministry of Advanced Education through the Administrative Service Delivery Transformation (ASDT) initiative.  The ASDT project is a sector-led initiative aimed at gaining administrative efficiencies, reducing and containing costs and enhancing the quality of services for the sector.

“We have been effective at facilitating a unique, cooperative, inter-institutional environment to explore, evaluate and offer shared IT solutions,” claims Michael Hrybyk, President and CEO of BCNET. “Together with our members, we have operationalized four procurements, and realized efficiencies of over $6.1 million in fiscal year 2013/14. An additional five procurements and 11 IT services are in the development phase this year. Furthermore, we have measured $800,000 in cost avoidance for two operational IT services and avoided costs of $2.3 million for Internet transit, Internet peering and Advanced Network services.”


BCNET is a not-for-profit, shared information technology (IT) services organization led by and for our members, British Columbia’s higher education and research institutions. Owned, governed and funded primarily by our members, we facilitate a unique, collaborative, inter-institutional environment-one based on equality and common goals-to explore and evaluate shared IT solutions for mutual technology challenges.

We leverage our collective infrastructure, expertise and resources to provide shared IT services that cut costs, streamline processes, eliminate technology duplication and improve operational efficiency of our members that in turn helps better serve students, faculty, staff and communities.