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Posted on 16 September 2014 by Belnet
The new Belnet optical network has been deployed

Belnet has upgraded its optical network. The deployment was awarded to network specialist Ciena. The new network, which was taken into use in September 2014, is a mesh network which can handle 88 x 100 Gbit/s on each fibre optic link. As a comparison: on the existing network, capacity is 42 x 10 Gbit/s per ring. This upgraded network enables the over 200 member organizations of Belnet to count on a state-of-the-art network.
The new fine-meshed network brings member institutions even greater stability and higher performance. Other benefits include reduced waiting times (latency) because a direct connection is possible between any two locations (PoPs) on the network, via the shortest route.
The new network offers connections at 100 Gbit/s and even multiples of 100 Gbit/s. In addition, in the longer term, Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology will be integrated, which allows users to manage their networks more flexible and to realize cost reduction.


Posted on 16 September 2014 by SURFnet
More institutions plugging into MediaMosa video platform

Just over a year since the birth of the MediaMosa Foundation, its MediaMosa video platform has developed an active and engaged community. And with various Dutch institutions now using the open-source platform, collaboration within that community has already sparked a new MediaMosa release.


Posted on 16 September 2014 by DANTE
Infinera and DANTE demonstrate single-card terabit super-channel on GÉANT network

Infinera and DANTE have announced the successful demonstration of a single-card terabit super-channel on an active segment of GÉANT’s production network between Budapest, Hungary and Bratislava, Slovak Republic.


Posted on 11 September 2014 by SWITCH
Swiss economy makes online security its priority

Joining forces to confront cybercrime: with this in mind, Internet providers, banks and other partners have founded the Swiss Internet Security Alliance (SISA). SISA has launched a security check which allows users to verify and optimise their devices.


Posted on 9 September 2014 by SURFnet
SURFnet joins the GreenTouch Consortium

SURFnet has joined GreenTouch, a consortium that conducts research into new network technologies that are more energy efficient.

GreenTouch is a global consortium that aims to reduce IT network energy consumption by a factor of 1000. As part of this consortium, SURFnet will collaborate with other GreenTouch members, including service providers, IT suppliers, research institutions and universities. Together, they will conduct research into new network technologies that are more energy efficient, and jointly produce the network architecture, specifications and roadmaps for these new technologies.


Posted on 8 September 2014 by SWITCH
A certificate for the registry

The .ch domain name registry is ISO 27001 certified. Why is this necessary? What does it involve? What does it mean for the future? SWITCH's Chief Information Security Officer answers the burning questions about the domain name registry's information security management system.


Posted on 8 September 2014 by Janet
UK research secures new national data centre as Infinity wins five year data centre contract with Jisc

Janet, part of Jisc, has established a shared data centre to support the requirements of research and education. It will be the first shared data centre of its type in the UK and has been secured under a five-year framework agreement with specialist data centre provider, Infinity.


Posted on 5 September 2014 by TERENA
Information Security Management SIG agreed during security, privacy and trust workshop

Participants at a recent workshop about security, privacy and trust agreed to create a new Special Interest Group (SIG) under TERENA, with the main focus on "Information Security Management". Based on their recommendations, TERENA has also changed the name and focus of the activity's webpage from CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) to Information Security Management.

The 'NREN Security Strategy Workshop' was held on 3-4 September 2014, organised by TERENA and SURFnet and hosted in the SURFnet offices in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Almost 30 participants attended from 16 organisations across 15 countries, including Canada and Australia as well as countries in and around Europe. Reaching a shared view about international collaboration among NRENs (national research and education networking organisations) on security, privacy and trust was the main aim of the workshop. The formation of the new SIG provides a platform for future collaboration in this area.


Posted on 29 August 2014 by eI4Africa
Register now for "e-Infrastructures for Africa: Gateways to the Future" Conference - October 29, Brussels

The “e-Infrastructures for Africa: Gateways to the Future” Conference is taking place on October 29, 2014 at Hotel Bloom, in Brussels, Belgium. The event is jointly organised by the eI4Africa and iMENTORS EU/FP7 funded projects and it will be held under the aegis of the European Commission (DG CONNECT) and the African Union Commission.

The conference aims at bringing together policy and research stakeholders from both Europe and Africa to discuss major developments and perspectives in the field of Africa-EU e-Infrastructures cooperation. The main outcomes of the eI4Africa and iMENTORS projects will be presented on this occasion.

Over 100 European and African key stakeholders in the field (from Institutions, National and International Companies, SMEs, Academia, Research institutes, etc.) coming from all over Europe and Africa will attend the event.

Registration is open (free of charge) at:


Posted on 19 August 2014 by TERENA
TNC2014 proceedings available

TERENA is pleased to release the proceedings from the 2014 TERENA Networking Conference. Sixteen papers were selected from more than one hundred submissions that were presented at TNC2014 and published with summaries of the papers and the conference, written by Erik Huizer, chair of the programme committee.

The proceedings, with ISBN/EAN code 978-90-77559-24-6 and including individually downloadable papers, are at


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