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The Quilt’s Regional Optical Network Workshops Joint Techs Albuquerque, NM 6 February 2006. The Quilt’s Fiber Initiative. In striving to serve The Quilt’s member and community needs, The Quilt has offered a series of optical workshops for members of the research and education community.

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The Quilt’s Regional Optical Network WorkshopsJoint TechsAlbuquerque, NM6 February 2006


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The Quilt’s Fiber Initiative

In striving to serve The Quilt’s member and community needs, The Quilt has offered a series of optical workshops for members of the research and education community.

  • There have been four workshops to date along with a Technical Summit

  • The workshops have focused on issues associated with building and managing metro or regional optical networking infrastructure with case studies and lessons-learned based presentations from other members of the community.

  • The workshops provide a forum for community members to gather and share optical networking experiences and best practices.

  • These workshops have helped Quilt Participants, their members and other Research and Education Institutions lay forth issues, challenges, opportunities and to share experiences and models associated with deploying optical infrastructure.


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Quilt Optical Workshops

  • 1st Optical Workshop – Summer 2004: “So You Want to Buy Some Fiber…”

    • Focused on providing detailed information on building, managing and connecting to Metro or Regional Optical Networking infrastructure. The Workshop concentrated on three main areas: strategy and procurement, fiber acquisition; and technical implementation.

  • 2nd Optical Workshop – December 2004: “So You Got Some Fiber, Now What?”

    • Focused on issues associated building and managing metro or regional optical networking infrastructure. A true example topology was used as a case study, including presentations by vendors on how their equipment would be deployed over this topology. Presentations covered fiber types, optical testing, optical network equipment and RON’s and Backbones

  • 3rd Optical Workshop – Summer 2005: “So You Have Lit Your Fiber, Now What?”

    • Focused on the activities and issues associated optical network testing; test equipment and testing services, optical network management tools, current trends in metro and regional networks and connecting to other optical networks.

  • Technical Summit - Fall 2005:Established key technical and business issues for U.S. Inter-RON connections and other topics associated with connecting to other regional optical networks and international cross-border connectivity.

  • 4th Optical Workshop - January 2006:“So You and Your Neighbor Both Have Lit Fiber, Now What?

    • Dedicated to discussing key issues and developing technical, operational and economic guidelines for Regional Optical Network inter-connects


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Highlights of 1st Fiber Workshop


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The Inaugural Workshop

  • June 2004 at Level 3’s Facility in Broomfield, CO

  • Focus was on learning more about the issues surrounding the acquisition and operational concerns of an optical network.

  • A “Who’s Who of RON Experts from the R&E Community”

  • Not Bad for Beginners!


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Inaugural Workshop Agenda Topics

  • Strategy and Procurement

    • Finding the Fiber Components and Costs of Ownership

    • Experience with Fiber Vendors (panel discussion)

  • Fiber Acquisition

    • Elements of a good RFP

    • Contractual Issues

    • Operations and Maintenance Issues

    • Lessons Learned (panel discussion)

  • Technical Implementation

    • Technical design

    • Lateral Builds - Getting to the Fiber

    • Acceptance Testing

    • Lighting Strategies

    • Experience with Equipment Vendors (panel discussion)


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Assertion

  • Setting the stage and delivering Regional Optical Networks

    • Assertion that the development of the RON’s is the most critical and persistent activity in which the higher education advanced networking community is currently engaged

      • RON’s are an important condition for further progress in the advanced R&E network development

      • Carriers are not incented to innovate now

    • Why?

      • Lack of availability of cost-effective optical capabilities outside Tier 1/2 cities

      • RONs as the bridge/tech transfer agent between national and campus capabilities

      • Regional scale is the right scale for innovation

      • Notably, a key NLR impetus is the motivation for RON buildout


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Starting a RON … In Stages

  • Convene enthusiastic/visionary regional partners

  • Develop governance & capital approaches and preliminary business plan

  • Study availability and procure dark fiber

  • Select and procure optronics kit

  • Refine business plan (i.e., λpricing/cost-recovery model)

  • Focus on means to extend new capabilities to the researchers on campuses

  • Learn how to operate and maintain the system

  • Install and commission plant

  • At last, provision λ’s and other services!


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Business Plan Principles

  • Key consideration: 5-year total cost of ownership

    • fiber, optronics, installation, operations

    • Mix of capital & recurring costs

    • Support model (use of carrier services)

    • Strategy for/costs of off-net access

  • Service models

    • What are the services? λ’s, GigE channels, IP, dark fiber?, MPLS LSPs??, SONET???

    • Challenge of providing incremental-cost, p2p services against the need for stimulating usage

  • Depreciation strategy

    • Do you account/charge for this at all?

      • NLR: ‘Sunk cost, five-year experiment’

      • Reserve for system rebuild

    • Time frame (5-10 years?)

  • Failure is an option

    • Carrier competition

      • Scenario of ‘success thru failure’?

    • Dissolution strategy (tied to governance)

      • Disposition of fiber & optronics


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Where’s the Fiber?

  • Important Questions to Ask if Leasing or Purchasing:

    • What kind of fiber is it?

    • Where does it go?

    • Who owns it?

    • Do they have any extra?

    • Do they have the right to sell it; if so will they sell it?

    • Can you afford it, including the cost of the:

      • IRU @ $500 to $2500/fiber/mile

      • Collocation @ $500 to $1,200/rack/month + power

      • O&M @ $100 to $300/route mile/year

      • Optronics to light it

      • Staff to operate and maintain it

    • Will the owner allow you reasonable access to it?

    • Do you really want him as a partner for 20 years?


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Quilt 2nd RON Workshop

  • November/December in Raleigh, NC hosted by MCNC.

  • Focus was on learning more about the equipment available to Light Up the network.

  • New Approach -RFI served as a tool for discussion

  • Selected Equipment Vendors Presented


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2nd Workshop Agenda Topics

  • Fiber Types

    • Types of Fiber and What Bandwidths They Can Support

    • Fiber Plant Management

    • How to Plan for 40G and Beyond

  • Optical Testing

    • Test Plans

    • Test Equipment

    • Quilt Services in Support of Optical Testing

  • Optical Networking Equipment

    • Vendor Presentations

    • User PanelRON’s and Backbone

  • RONs and Backbones

    • NLR Update

    • RON Responsibilities for Connecting to Backbones

    • RONs and NOC services


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Quilt 3rd RON Workshop

  • May 31-June 3, 2005 in Newport, RI hosted by OSHEAN.

  • Focus was on learning more about the implementation, operation, management and use of optical networking infrastructure

  • Selected Equipment Vendors Presented


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3rd Workshop Agenda Topics

  • Optical Network Testing

  • Transition from Layer 3 to Layer 1

  • Optical Network Management Tools

  • Regional Network Progress


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Training

  • What to Train

    • Fiber handling

    • Laser safety

    • Operational training for equipment

    • Installation training

  • Where to Train

    • Internal

    • Vendor

    • Third party

  • Training Alternatives

    • Develop a relationship with the vendor or integrator that will allow you to be a partner, a primary on some or all of the installation

    • Get functional block diagrams (at least) for the equipment

    • Supplement with reading


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What do we (RONs and near-RONs) need to do?

  • Build common service definitions

  • Identify interconnect points

    • Take control of this selection process

  • Define compatible SLAs and demand compatible SLAs from suppliers


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Quilt Technical Summit Philadelphia – I2 Fall Meeting

  • September 18, 2006 in Philadelphia in conjunction with the fall Internet2 Member Meeting

  • The Summit offered a forum for representatives of our community to consult on the possibilities, issues and challenges for national and international inter-RON connections. 

  • Participants actively contributed their ideas and experience as we explored business, operational and technical issues associated with inter-ron connections


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Factors Influencing Inter-RON Connections

  • Technical

    • Coordinate network planning

    • Establish common service definitions

    • Identify standards/conventions

    • Establish Model – O-E-O

  • Economic

    • Define common “currency” to facilitate inter-connects

    • Cost Structure

      • Cost recovery

      • Cost of operations and maintenance

    • Demonstrate cost savings

  • Operational

    • Design organizational structure

    • Set forth guiding principles for inter-connect agreements

    • Relationship with national backbone


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Quilt 4th RON Workshop

  • January 19-20, 2006 in Fort Lauderdale hosted by FLR

  • Focus was on exploring business, operational and technical issues associated with inter-ron connections

  • International RON representatives participated to share their experiences with inter-ron and cross-border connections


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4th Workshop Agenda Topics

  • RON to Campus Connections

    • Services

    • Business Models

    • On-Campus Issues

  • Optical Network Testbed Update

  • RON to RON Connections

    • International Cross-Border experiences

    • Technical Issues

    • US Ron Experiences

  • Alien Waves


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Alien Waves

Quilt Optical Workshop

Jerry Sobieski

MAX


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Future Workshops

  • The “Value Proposition”

    • Useful?

    • Future topics

    • Continue?

  • Coordination

    • Work with other technical groups

    • International experiences/perspectives

  • Repeat Series?

    • New RON build outs


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Contacts

Hud Croasdale [email protected]

Mark Johnson [email protected]

www.thequilt.net


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