Ohio experts to speak at Internet2 Fall Member Meeting; Presentations available via live streaming video

Feb 27, 2010

Columbus, Ohio (Nov. 1, 2010) - Leaders of the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) and its member schools are sharing their valuable expertise with participants at the Internet2 Fall Member Meeting, Nov. 1-4, 2010, in Atlanta. For those who can't make it to the meeting, several of the presentations are being offered to the general public via live streaming video. They include:

Ohio Middle Mile Consortium
Ohio's unique, successful approach for securing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for broadband is the topic of a panel presentation titled, “The Power of Collaboration: Transforming the Broadband Landscape of Ohio.“

Pankaj Shah, executive director of OARnet, will lead a discussion with Ohio Board of Regents Chief Technology Officer Ann O'Beay, OARnet CTO Paul Schopis, and Ann Zimmerman, manager of OARnet client services, that centers on the creation of the Ohio Middle Mile Consortium, a public-private coalition between OARnet and partners Com Net, Horizon Telcom and OneCommunity. Tim Berelsman, Bill McKell, and Scot Rourke, CEOs of the partner companies, respectively, and Denis Walsh, chief relationship officer at OARnet, will add their perspectives via videoconference from Columbus.

More information is online at www.ohiomiddlemile.org.

Date and time: Wednesday, Nov. 3, 8:45 to 10 a.m.
Link to streaming video here.

Identity and Cloud Services: Case Studies from State Networks
Shah also will join a panel of experts from state research and education network providers to explore efforts being made in identity management and community-based and commercial cloud computing.

Date and time: Wednesday, Nov. 3, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Link to streaming video here.

Case Western Reserve University
OARnet CIO Advisory Board member Lev Gonick will join Lawrence Strickling, assistant secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, for a keynote address on Thursday, Nov. 4.

Gonick, who serves Case Western Reserve University as Chief Information Officer and Vice President, will discuss the university's visionary “Case Connection Zone“ project, which is bringing gigabit fiber connections to underserved Cleveland neighborhoods.

Date and time: Thursday, Nov. 4, 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Link to streaming video here.

Cloud Computing
O'Beay and Schopis will lead a discussion on OARnet's virtualization and cloud computing efforts. The work is part of the organization's work to support the IT initiative of the Ohio Board of Regents. Representatives from Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK), Ohio Learning Network (OLN) and eTech Ohio will share their perspectives on the successes and challenges via videoconference from Columbus.

Date and time: Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
This panel will not be offered via streaming video.

Internet2 is a consortium led by universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies. Internet2 Member Meetings bring the member community together for interactive discussions about new and ongoing work and provide a venue for members to make connections and form new collaborations.

Additional information on Internet2 can be found at www.internet2.edu.


The Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet), established by the Ohio Board of Regents in 1987, serves as the technology operations arm of the University System of Ohio. With more than 1,850 miles of fiber-optic backbone, OARnet's network provides connectivity to Ohio colleges and universities, K-12 hub sites, public broadcasting stations, academic medical centers, and state, federal and partnering research organizations. OARnet also offers unrivaled intrastate connectivity, access to regional, national and international networks, and collaborative IT initiatives such as virtualization resources, global video-conferencing services, and 24/7 network support.

Internet2 is an advanced networking consortium led by the research and education community. An exceptional partnership spanning U.S. and international institutions who are leaders in the worlds of research, academia, industry and government, Internet2 is developing breakthrough cyberinfrastructure technologies that support the most exacting applications of today—and spark the most essential innovations of tomorrow. Led by its members and focused on their current and future networking needs since 1996, Internet2 blends its human, IP and optical networks to develop and deploy revolutionary Internet technologies. Activating the same partnerships that produced today's Internet, our community is forging the Internet of the future.