Maximizing Internet Connectivity for Education

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Maximizing Internet Connectivity

for Education


David Olson, Network Architect,
MOREnet


Elwood Downing, VP Member Relations, Merit Network


Mike Richardson, Director, REMC 1/

Copper Country Intermediate School District, Michigan


Sheri Prupis, Director

Educational Technology Initiatives,
NJEDge.Net


Matthew
Conforth
, Director Educational Technology

Passaic Valley Regional High School, New Jersey


Network Infrastructure


Leveraging Resources and Lowering Cost

Statewide and Regional Collaborations


Local Collaborations

Using Internet Connectivity for K
-
12


Collaboration, Resource, and Knowledge
Sharing in Action!

Passaic Valley High School

MOREnet

MOREnet operates a 1200
-
mile dark fiber backbone with 4
major hubs and 30+ access nodes in the state. Our 700+
members with 1,100+ sites are connected using T
-
1, NxT
-
1
IMA, DS
-
3 and Ethernet services from carriers.

Our challenge: Member bandwidth demands
constantly increase (48% from Jan ‘11


Jan
‘12); funding is flat or decreasing…carriers still
charge by the bit…and E
-
Rate makes us do the
cheap thing, not the smart thing.

MOREnet

MOREnet operates a 1200
-
mile dark fiber backbone with 4
major hubs and 30+ access nodes in the state. Our 700+
members with 1,100+ sites are connected using T
-
1, NxT
-
1
IMA, DS
-
3 and Ethernet services from carriers.

Our challenge: Member bandwidth demands
constantly increase (48% from Jan ‘11


Jan
‘12); funding is flat or decreasing…carriers still
charge by the bit…and E
-
Rate makes us do the
cheap thing, not the smart thing.

How are we solving the problem?


Invest in network facilities


Build fiber, wireless networks


Overprovision


cheaper to limit bandwidth use
now than build more capacity


Targeting 10/100/1000M connections


However, E
-
Rate rules make this financially
difficult


How are we solving the problem?


Forge alliances with alternate providers


Build new service models that are mutually
beneficial


Look at alternate/regional providers;
municipal fiber…whoever has assets


Network growth will become a patchwork
quilt of providers


necessary to manage cost
while providing needed bandwidth

MOREnet Fiber Collaborations


Municipal fiber: If they’ll build it, we’ll use it


MOREnet is often the ‘anchor tenant’


BIP/BTOP funded providers


Very mixed bag


Regional aggregation


Get the traffic on
-
net sooner


More access to regional/local providers

Pursuing projects that enhance the
value of our investment


Expanding the MOREnet backbone


Looking to add ~1600 miles, 40 more nodes


Get traffic on
-
net as quickly as possible


Using
WiMax
, LTE, and digital
microwave as last
-
mile technology


Costs have dropped, reliability has
gone up


Can install 100M
PtP

radio for ~2xT
-
1
circuit cost over 3 years…

Pursuing projects that enhance the
value of our investment


More net
-
centric services


Hosted servers, remote backup, remote storage,
colocation


Access to more content/databases (
Ebsco
, etc.)


Peering with content providers to our members


SIS, library automation, etc.


Digital Learning Environment


Moodle, Content Repository,
BigBlueButton
/
Vidyo

Michigan Geography


Only state with 2 Peninsulas


Joined by 5
-
mile Mackinac
Bridge


83 counties in MI


70% are rural


Creates challenges with
middle
-
mile and last
-
mile infrastructure


MI Department of Ed


decentralized
e
ducation
n
etwork


Michigan


Merit Network


Limited resources and
quality of life created an
appetite for hungry
c
ollaborators


Came to the table as a
community to share
resources


Merit Network operates
and manages Michigan’s
statewide R&E network



The conversation begins….



Leaders at the table are
individuals that want to
create a solution that is a
winning combination
with options.


“A Geographical
Community Partnership is a
regional section of Michigan
that is comprised of
leaders
interested in the
quality
of
life
within their
community
.
Downing




10
Gbps

Backbone with
1
Gbps

to
Schools/Members


Creativity & Possibilities


Statewide Collaborations


UP, REMC1


Alpena


Hillsdale


Escanaba, others…




C
3

Communication, Cooperation,
Collaboration

Upper Peninsula
--

Michigan

Before

After

REMC 1


5 rural counties of the UP, 5000
sq

miles, >10K
students, 2 ISDs, 23 school districts


~ 350 miles leased fiber
-
based circuits (10
-
1,000 Mb/s)


Current limited bandwidth, collaboration and
centralization due to limited capacity
-

$$$$$
$


Future fiber IRU with Merit leads to virtually unlimited
expandable WAN bandwidth, increased collaboration,
lower costs, and control of the future
-

$$$

Infrastructure


Currently leveraging Merit to share services
beyond our own 5 county fiber footprint, utilizing
Merit’s backbone to extend to other counties and
ISDs


MARESA 2 county fiber ring, with single connection
back to Merit, tunneled to REMC


DIISD (2 county ISD) individual connections to Merit,
with backhaul to REMC


All share the same firewall and network services
as the REMC1 connected WAN, and share costs

Shared Services


Cascaded bandwidth reservations with bursting


Unencumbered

access


Shared firewall with 35 school districts


Higher quality, more features, lower cost


Unified Threat Management (IDS, IPS,
ssl

content filtering, application control,
SPAM filtering, AV, malware,
etc
)


Shared local cloud services (WAN cloud)


15TB video repository mirror, live statewide video streaming mirror


Network backup/disaster recovery services


VMware hosted centralized server cluster in our data center


R
edundant A/C, power & network, generator, HA, SAN


Regional & statewide server/service hosting


Higher quality services, with capacity and failover


Local cloud storage


compartmentalizing services


Shared Services (continued)


Video conference services


Gatekeeper, Gateway, MCU, and VCR


Shared classes, video meetings, field trips


Shared tech support services



Natural fit with ISP services
-

single point of contact,
full
-
time helpdesk, full integration and resolution


Regional standardization


Hardware, software, management


Becoming the regional data network hub


Transforming
IT Infrastructure
in Education

K20 Learning Community

Empowering High School Students

Passaic Valley Regional High School


Contemporary Issues through Video
Conferencing


Around the World


Science in Cinema

http://Merit.edu


http://www.more.net

h
ttp
://www.more.net/cosn
-
presentation


http://Njedge.net

http://academicinternet.org

http://njvid.net


http://pvhs.k12.nj.us
/

http://www.remc1.org


Matthew
Conforth
pvmconforth@yahoo.com


Elwood
Downing
ejd@merit.edu


David
W. Olson
dolson@more.net

Sheri Prupis
prupis@njedge.net


Michael Richardson
mike@remc1.org