OARnet experts present at Internet2 Spring Member Meeting

Apr 23, 2012


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Columbus, Ohio (April 23, 2012) – Leaders of the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) and its member schools are sharing both their technical expertise and visions for technology innovation with participants at this week's Internet2 Spring Member Meeting, being held April 23-25, 2012, in Arlington, Va.

Internet2 is a consortium led by universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies. The theme for the meeting, “The Internet2 Community: Building the Next Innovation Platform Together,” focuses on how the Internet2 community is reclaiming the leadership of ground-breaking innovations, brought about through the implementation of a national 100 Gigabit per second network, revolutionary new network technologies and opportunities for services that leverage this innovation platform.

Showcasing this theme as part of the Wednesday morning plenary session, Pankaj Shah, executive director of OARnet, and Dr. Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research at The Ohio State University, will share how Ohio State, the State of Ohio and others in the Midwest are creating powerful technology engines that are changing how universities, industry and government collaborate and fuel economic development. This presentation is available via live streaming. More details for this, and other OARnet-related presentations, are below.

Summary of Presentations

Monday, April 23
3- 4 p.m., Leveraging State Wide Virtualization and Emerging Technologies to Improve Education
This panel presentation showcases how OARnet and the Ohio Board of Regents have enabled a cost-effective virtualization program for Ohio's higher education, K-12 schools, health care, public broadcasting and state and local government communities. Presenters are Prasad Calyam, a researcher with the Ohio Supercomputer Center and OARnet, Matthew Honigford, virtualization software vendor VMware, Ann Zimmerman, client services manager for OARnet, and David Pike, director of Enterprise Architecture for the Office of the CIO at Ohio State.

Tuesday, April 24
4:30 - 5:30 p.m., The Next Big Thing
Paul Schopis, chief technology officer at OARnet, joins leaders from NYSERNet (New York), University of Missouri and Internet2 for a panel discussion on the major technology changes these organizations have planned or underway that are expected to significantly enable innovation.

Wednesday, April 25
8:45 – 10 a.m., Morning Plenary
Click here for a live netcast or video on demand.
Dave Lambert, president & CEO of Internet2, moderates a panel that includes Pankaj Shah, executive director of OARnet, Dr. Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research at Ohio State, George Strawn, director of the National Coordination Office for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program, Chip Elliot, project director of the National Science Foundation's GENI Project, and Tony Gentile, senior director for Content Systems at ESPN

Wednesday, April 25
10:30 - 11:45 a.m., Strategies for Building Communities Within and Across Research & Education Networks
Ann Zimmerman, client services manager for OARnet, joins colleagues from OneNet (Oklahoma), MIDnet (Midwest), MOREnet (Missouri), The Quilt (national), NJEDge.Net (New Jersey), Utah Education Network and the Merit Network (Michigan), to discuss community building for their organizations.

More information on is available at www.internet2.edu.

About OARnet
A member of the Ohio Board of Regents Ohio Technology Consortium, the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) provides technology solutions for Ohio's education, public broadcasting, health care and government communities. Since 1987, OARnet has identified and deployed shared services that reduce costs, deliver quality programs, increase productivity and improve customer service. Communities voluntarily participate in the OARnet consortium because they value these benefits and services. Ultimately, OARnet promotes community and economic development by expanding access to affordable technology.

About Internet2
Internet2, whose network is owned by U.S. research universities, is one of the world?s most advanced networking consortia for global researchers and scientists who develop breakthrough Internet technologies and applications, and spark tomorrow?s essential innovations. Internet2 consists of more than 450 U.S. universities; corporations; government agencies; laboratories; higher learning; and other major national, regional and state research and education networks; and organizations representing more than 50 countries. www.internet2.edu

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