Southeastern Universities Research Association The SURA Regional Infrastructure

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Southeastern Universities Research Association The SURA Regional Infrastructure Initiative Gary Crane Director, SURA IT

Southeastern Universities Research Association The SURA Regional Infrastructure Initiative Gary Crane Director, SURA IT Initiatives [email protected] org www. sura. org 1

About SURA • SURA is a 501(c)3 consortium of 50 research universities from 15

About SURA • SURA is a 501(c)3 consortium of 50 research universities from 15 southeastern US states • Founded in 1980 with a focus on developing Jefferson Lab, a DOE funded high energy physics facility • Created one of the first NSF funded regional network services, SURANet • Sold SURANet in 1995 to BBN 2

SURA Mission • Foster excellence in scientific research • Strengthen the scientific and technical

SURA Mission • Foster excellence in scientific research • Strengthen the scientific and technical capabilities of the nation and the Southeast • Provide outstanding training opportunities for the next generation of scientists and engineers 3

IT as a Competitive Advantage • Collaborative research is becoming more dependent on IT

IT as a Competitive Advantage • Collaborative research is becoming more dependent on IT resources • IT resources are a significant factor in attracting top faculty/staff/students • IT resources help attract external funding and industrial partnerships • Cutting edge IT resources are a basic requirement for some fields of research 4

SURA IT Community • SURA member institution CIOs participate on the SURA IT Committee

SURA IT Community • SURA member institution CIOs participate on the SURA IT Committee • SURA IT Committee has developed a set of IT strategic goals for SURA • SURA has created a SURA IT Initiatives Fund to provide matching funds and seed money for new SURA IT initiatives 5

SURA IT Strategic Goals • Serve the SURA mission • Sponsorship of collaborative initiatives

SURA IT Strategic Goals • Serve the SURA mission • Sponsorship of collaborative initiatives • Support for the development of “middleware” and applications that enable science • Regional information technology infrastructure development • Participate in and influence the national IT and networking agenda 6

SURA IT Model • Use SURA mission and IT strategy to guide investments in

SURA IT Model • Use SURA mission and IT strategy to guide investments in SURA IT initiatives • Integrate existing SURA IT projects into larger, coordinated framework • Leverage common services and requirements across multiple initiatives 7

SURA IT Model Research & Education Collaborative Projects Organizational Support Services Middleware Transport Services

SURA IT Model Research & Education Collaborative Projects Organizational Support Services Middleware Transport Services Aggregation Community Jefferson Lab Vi. De/LSVNP Coastal Zone Sciences IP Telephony WG Leadership Proj. Mgmt Contracts Help Desk Directory Services Engineering PKI Abilene/v. BNS Health Sciences Telemedicine PKI Consortium Licensing Provisioning Cert/Auth Vi. DENet NNTP Regional Infrastructure Initiative Marketing Acct/Billing Commodity ISP Regional Fiber SURA Members 501(c)3 Umbrella … Legal Monitoring- Region CERT Reporting Function Cacheing Regional Gigapops … Dist. Storage Disaster Recovery Broadband Off-campus Access NON-SURA Members 8

SURA Regional Infrastructure Initiative Basic goal is to gain control of the underlying network

SURA Regional Infrastructure Initiative Basic goal is to gain control of the underlying network transport through: – Partnerships with new and existing fiber owners and equipment vendors – Creative relationships with carrier hotels – Leveraging SURA regional gigapop facilities, seed money from SURA, SURA relationships with member institutions, institution Presidents and links to Southern Governors Association, Southern Technology Council and everything and everybody we can think of. 9

Encouragement/Influences • The SURA RII has been heavily influenced by the following activities –

Encouragement/Influences • The SURA RII has been heavily influenced by the following activities – [email protected] Bandwidth Pricing Forum www. educause. edu/netatedu/groups/pricing/ – The. Quilt www. educause. edu/netatedu/groups/regionals/ – CANARIE’s Fiber ownership projects and evangelism www. canarie. ca 10

SURA Regional Infrastructure Initiative The SURA Regional Infrastructure Initiative is moving forward using the

SURA Regional Infrastructure Initiative The SURA Regional Infrastructure Initiative is moving forward using the following principals: – improve network connectivity options for nonmetropolitan SURA member institutions; – avoid limitations imposed by restrictive use policies; – benefit the broadest community by aggregating connectivity at carrier hotels where possible; – Replace existing market based pricing models with cost based models for network infrastructure. 11

Regional Infrastructure Initiative Status • • • Planning Stage - Feasibility Study RFP for

Regional Infrastructure Initiative Status • • • Planning Stage - Feasibility Study RFP for consulting services released June 23, 2000 Evaluation and selection process began July 21 October 6 the RII selected Geo/Matrix to provide consulting service to SURA; also submitted funding request to the SURA IT Steering Group On October 17 the SURA IT Steering Group approved the request for funds to engage Geo/Matrix October 27 SURA executed a consulting contract with Geo/Matrix for the completion planning in support of the RII 12

Geo/Matrix • Partnership between Geographic Network Affiliates International (www. geo-usa. com) and Matrix Design

Geo/Matrix • Partnership between Geographic Network Affiliates International (www. geo-usa. com) and Matrix Design Group (www. matrixdg. com) • Geo is a telecommunications real estate development company (carrier hotel developer) and founder of the Internet Educational Equal Access Foundation (IEEAF) • Matrix is a telecommunications engineering and design firm • Together SURA believes they offer a unique ability to address our needs 13

Geo/Matrix SOW (Statement Of Work) Work to proceed in 5 phases: 1. 2. 3.

Geo/Matrix SOW (Statement Of Work) Work to proceed in 5 phases: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. General network plan Provider/partner identification and development Engineering feasibility study Economic feasibility study Final report and recommendations 14

SURA Regional Infrastructure Initiative Projected Timeline Nov Dec Jan Feb March April May June

SURA Regional Infrastructure Initiative Projected Timeline Nov Dec Jan Feb March April May June July Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 Phase 5 15 October 26, 2000

“If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going. ” Professor

“If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going. ” Professor Irwin Corey 16