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Registration is open for the 'DDoS Mitigation in the NREN Environment' workshop, which will be held between 10-11 November 2015 in Vienna, hosted by the University of Vienna and at the invitation of ACOnet, the Austrian National Research and Education Network (NREN).
TF-CSIRT, TF-MSP, SIG-ISM and SIG-NOC invite all their respective community members who are interested in DDoS mitigation to attend this workshop and to bring their own experience to the table.
As the new academic year gets started, we have seen an enormous increase in the use of SURFconext. Last week, we had a record number of logins: over 1.5 million by 289,000 unique users. An infographic shows how the SURFconext infrastructure provides stability, even with an increase in the number of users and logins.
The Swiss edu-ID can help with a range of problems. Here are two examples with Swissbib and central identity management.
The volume of data stored worldwide is set to reach 40,000 exabytes – 40,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes – by 2020, according to a study by the market research and consulting firm International Data Corporation (IDC). The global data mountain doubles in size every two years. Of course, academia also has to deal with this rapid growth in data. It needs powerful infrastructure to store data and effective tools to analyse them.
AutoList is a new free service that RedIRIS is offering its affiliated institutions for creating and managing discussion and advertising distribution lists and for distributing electronic magazines.
Now that SURFconext is connected to the eduGAIN framework – part of the GÉANT European research infrastructure – it can offer institutions secure international access to services and data. This means the Dutch EDUgroepen service is now also available to institutions in other countries through eduGAIN.
With great sadness GÉANT must announce the untimely death of our dear colleague and good friend Jim Buddin, who passed away on Saturday 12 September at 3pm. Jim was taken ill suddenly on Thursday evening and underwent long emergency surgery, but unfortunately it was not possible to save his life. Known among his colleagues for his hard work, loyalty and sardonic wit, Jim will be much missed.
Jim’s family ask that we do not share this news nor refer to Jim’s situation on our social media channels. Anyone wishing to send messages of condolence or happy memories of Jim should please email Laura.Durnford@geant.org, or send cards to the GÉANT Amsterdam office. These will be passed on to his family and fiancée.
In October 2014 we started announcing a few longer-than-/24 prefixes and determined they were not very visible according to the RIPE NCC's Routing Information Service (RIS) and RIPE Atlas measurements. Now, almost a year later, we revisit this.
Users want more control over the management of the network and the services they purchase: they want to order, configure and manage them with ease. To achieve the interaction between the network and users, open interfaces and an open, programmable network are required. An open, programmable network provides the flexibility for developing new services as well as the network itself. Flexibility can more easily be achieved with software (Software Defined Networking) rather than hardware. SURFnet is advancing towards an open, programmable network.
With a mixture of presentations by commercial vendors, a focus on the Ceph software storage platform, and updates about the OpenCloudMesh initiative and the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculator, the 17th meeting of the task force on storage (TF-Storage) promises to be a useful gathering for all storage aficionados from the GÉANT community. There is still room on the agenda for updates by community organisations or interesting developments or topics that participants wish to highlight. Registration is now open.