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NORDUnet International Strategy & Activities. Jacqueline Brown 33 rd APAN meeting Chiang Mai, Thailand, 13-17 February 2012. Where we are. The Nordic Countries. Five small countries: Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland Three autonomous areas: Faroe Islands, Greenland, Åland

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nordunet international strategy activities

NORDUnetInternational Strategy & Activities

Jacqueline Brown

33rd APAN meeting

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 13-17 February 2012

the nordic countries
The Nordic Countries
  • Five small countries:
    • Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland
  • Three autonomous areas:
    • Faroe Islands, Greenland, Åland
  • 8 time zones
  • 25 million people
  • 9 official languages
  • Shared history, culture
  • Large part of Europe
  • Together, the world’s 7th largest economy
nordic nren collaboration
Nordic NREN collaboration
  • 5 independent NRENs, tradition for collaboration
  • NORDUnet: regional network, international connection
  • 25+ year history
  • 1 million users
  • Annual budget: About 20 Million $
  • NORDUnet incorporated, owned equally by NRENs, funded by NRENs






nordunet vision and strategy
NORDUnet Vision and Strategy
  • It is the Vision of NORDUnet to be the

NORDIC Infrastructure for Research and Education

  • NORDUnet shall provide a common world-class network infrastructure, services, support and collaboration platform for the Nordic NRENs and research and education community.
  • NORDUnetshall facilitate other common eInfrastructure as requested by the Nordic national eInfrastructure stakeholders.
nordunet 2012
NORDUnet 2012
  • Strong European Dark Fibre network
  • Scandinavian interconnect, connection to Europe
  • GEANT, neighbour NRENs, IP transit
  • Strong emphasis on peering fabric
nordunet network 2012
NORDUnet Network 2012
  • North Atlantic connectivity
  • Serving needs of Nordic NRENs, Campus IT
  • Serving eScience, research collaborations
nordunet north america 2012
NORDUnet North America 2012
  • North American presence
  • Emphasis on peering, connectivity to cloud providers for campus IT and research
  • Connecting to global NRENs (i.e, South America, Asia)
  • Fabric for end-to-end services
nordunet in europe
NORDUnet in Europe
  • NORDUnet & Nordic NRENs are
    • a strong global partner
    • a strong partner in European networking
    • a major contributor to GÉANT – 3rd largest contributor of man-hours in GN3
  • NORDUnet firmly
    • believe in and support a strong European infrastructure
    • understand that world-class European networking is essential to Nordic R&E
    • believe that through regional collaboration we offer the best support for European networking – for the benefit of all
nordunet and asia
NORDUnet and Asia
  • NORDUnet is partner in project with Asia
    • TEIN3 (through GÉANT)
    • ORIENTplus
    • Strong history of collaboration w/Russian R&E networks
  • Nordic – Asia networking essential
    • eScience project (i.e., eVLBI, medical imaging)
    • Remote Campus
    • Academia – Industry collaborations
  • Nordic – Asia connectivity
    • Direct peering (at NORDUnet US locations)
    • TEIN3, ORIENTplus
    • Efforts for direct Europe – Asia connectivity encouraged, i.e., through Russia and Middle East
key network services
Key Network Services
  • World class L3 network – 40G, 100G coming
  • Lightpath / BoD service
  • Partnership for evolution of NSI
    • Foundation for emerging services, such as global performance guarantee network services
    • Enabler for higher-level applications and services.
    • Asian partners such as AIST, NICT, NTT, KDDI, KISTI
  • Higher-level services
    • Federated Identity
    • Multi-domain (federated) management, operations, and diagnostics, automation of multi-domain services
  • Software development increasingly critical to evolution of NREN services
    • Having our own software group is essential
    • Open source
global partnerships
Global Partnerships
  • Partnerships for innovation and production networks
  • GÉANT, European NRENs
  • Internet2, CANARIE, ESnet
  • GLIF
  • GLORIAD – Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Mumbai, Cairo
  • OGF – NSI, standardization of emerging services (open connectivity)
  • ORIENTplus – EU-China – using open exchanges
nordunet towards 2020
NORDUnet towards 2020
  • Five key themes
    • The NREN as a Global Network Service Provider
    • The NREN as a Community Service Provider
    • The NREN as the e-Science enabler
    • The NREN as the e-Education enabler
    • The NREN’s as an Innovative Framework Provider
  • Our future demands a global strategy and global partnerships
    • We service affinity groups, not restricted by geography
    • Science is global, the collaborations we serve are global
  • We must offer a full range of network services – best effort, circuits, and whatever in between
  • We cannot succeed alone
    • We must work together in open forums and global partnerships
    • NORDUnet looks forward to working with our Asian partners to keep NRENs vital towards 2020