Empowering Kansas Researchers with Bleeding Edge Connectivity
Lawrence, Kansas: On Tuesday, June 28th, KanREN deployed two innovative networks designed to support the data sharing needs of modern research and education in the state of Kansas.
HyperCore is a dual-redundant, geographically diverse backbone with multiple 100 Gigabit connections shared by University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State University, and the University of Kansas
ResilientRing is a dual-redundant, geographically diverse network of multiple 10 Gigabit connections at Fort Hays State University, Emporia State University, Pittsburg State University and Washburn University.
HyperCore and ResilientRing are interconnected at exit points in Wichita and Kansas City, providing 100 Gbps upstream speeds to Internet2, an advanced, international network of leaders in research, academia, industry and government. The networks are deployed utilizing a combination of fiber owned and operated by KanREN, KSU, KU, and KUMC and lit fiber from Kansas Fiber Network.
“HyperCore and ResilientRing represent two years of planning and collaboration with forward thinking universities throughout the state of Kansas,” said Cort Buffington, KanREN’s Executive Director. “Not only were we able to deploy a next generation network that will attract high-end research and innovative businesses to Kansas, but it was launched within budget and four days ahead of schedule. Early is an unfamiliar phrase in IT. We are proud we get to say it.”
“HyperCore and ResilientRing are invaluable to us as we continue to build connections between KU and the private sector,” said GR Underwood, President of the Bioscience and Technology Business Center at KU. “Modern innovations in technology and biopharmaceutical research rely heavily on the transfer of big data. KanREN has engineered a pipeline for data that will give us a competitive edge for the foreseeable future.”
“HyperCore is an essential component of Wichita State University’s vision for our Innovation Campus of fostering collaborations with our research and industry partners,” said Keith Neufeld, Director of Networking and IT Security for WSU. “We identified the network need to KanREN and they handled the design and implementation seamlessly, delivering 100G connectivity to WSU on time and on budget with no surprises along the way.”
“Fort Hays State University is relying on the 10Gbps ResilientRing for the recently received grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Having access to the 10Gbps Ring made our grant application possible. Without a boost in speed and reliability, there would have been no interest in supporting old technology by the NSF,” said David Schmidt, Assistant Professor, Informatics at FHSU. “FHSU computational research activities rely heavily on KanREN expertise when using high-speed Internet connections.”