GlobalNOC team shares expertise at first annual KINBER meeting

Dave Jent, Marianne Chitwood, and Luke Fowler recently presented at the first annual members meeting for KINBER, the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research. Their participation was fresh on the heels of the GlobalNOC's agreement to provide network coordination and engineering services for KINBER's Pennsylvania Research and Education Network (PennREN).

Similar to the I-Light network, PennREN will use high-speed, fiber optic networking to connect Pennsylvania's research and education (R&E) community.  The network will help members and partners to advance initiatives and provide expanding broadband access across Pennsylvania. PennREN will initially connect more than 70 locations across 1,600 miles of fiber on a middle-mile network.

Dave Jent hosted the first of IU's two sessions, leading off with his presentation, "Size Doesn't Matter." Jent highlighted the many benefits I-Light has brought to Indiana member institutions. He also discussed the politics of managing a state network, and the importance of educating legislators about the impact networking will have on the state's future.

"From our own experience in Indiana with I-Light, we know that Pennsylvania will see great benefits from this network," said Jent. "It will help many private companies leap ahead in providing really fast connections to their rural Pennsylvania communities."

Luke Fowler and Marianne Chitwood followed with a presentation about the software, systems, and support that the GlobalNOC will provide to PennREN. The duo highlighted the organization's Service Desk and its Software and Services team, which work alongside the Network Engineering team to provide reliable operations services and fast-changing capabilities for the evolving R&E networking community.