[Here are several pointers to some excellent presentations and papers on future of R&E networks.
Despite the challenges to WISCnet I believe R&E networks have a critical role not only in serving the needs of science and education but also in developing new innovative services that simply will not be provided by oligopolistic commercial sector. These new innovative services such as 5G wireless and brokered cloud services not only create new economic opportunities they will also provide new revenue sources for the R&E networks themselves as 100% reliance on government funding is neither healthy or prudent for any R&E network. Once again SURFnet seems to be the forefront of these new developments, but the development of Open Lightpath Exchnages, interconnection of health networks and genomic medicine and the research being done in software or user controlled networks (e.g. Mantychore and ES3E) are also very exciting trends – BSA]
Community Cloud Models and the Role of the R&E network as a broker for cloud services
Towards connected e-infrastructures delivered as a service
21st century needs an e-Infrastructure but, Research and education networking is often still organised in a 20th century way. Today many R&E networks operate in a hierarchical and monolithic way with little focus on innovation and a governance structure that often lacks transparency, flexibility and user involvement
A connected e-Infrastructure is emerging composed of networking-, computational-, and data resources and advanced instrumentation, based on a harmonized middleware layer and advanced networks as the glue to keep them together. The future research networks will have to become an integral part of this e-Infrastructure for research. This will require a new vision for research networking, away from the existing hierarchical approach and towards a federated ecosystem of e-Infrastructures, characterised by organic growth that will allow multiple experimentation and innovation in a flexible manner. This move is supported by the growing trend away from delivering these e-Infrastructures as technologies or as products and facilities, towards delivering them as a service to the user. Ultimately, e-Infrastructures will evolve towards integrated global service facilities.
TERENA celebrates 25th anniversary with a view to the future
The coming years will be a time of dynamic change where the TERENA community must continue to collaboratively adapt to new challenges and respond to new priorities. Mobility is one such challenge. Using a range of mobile devices, researchers, teachers and students are demanding seamless access to their professional information environment. New technologies and new forms of collaboration with commercial providers such as 3G and 4G network operators will be critical in addressing these needs. Commercial companies offering research and education institutions large-scale cloud computing and storage and other services are also putting pressure on the TERENA membership to deploy new business models. The challenges associated with lambda networking will be another focus of further development in the future. Open lambda exchanges offer new ways for research institutions to exchange large amounts of data with each other and with organisations outside the research community, bringing both threats and opportunities to NRENs.
NORUnet NREN 2020 Inspiration Paper
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