Connectivity

Far Beyond Your Standard Connection

KanREN maintains a state-of-the-art network backbone throughout the state. Backbone points of presence are located at the public universities, and key locations in Kansas City. Members access our network through their own fiber, or leased services we procure from the telecom industry for them. KanREN’s network offers Internet service, direct connections to other KanREN members, R&E specific network resources, content delivery networks, cloud services and much more: Internet service is only part of the picture.

Obsessed with Quality Connections

KanREN focuses on highly reliable and predictable connectivity services. Bandwidth is only a measure of the quantity of connectivity, not the quality. Commercial providers focus on bandwidth only, and often talk about “up to”. At KanREN, we talk about “at least”. Our role, in collaboration with Kansas’s research universities (including research into networking), puts KanREN in a whole different dimension than commercial providers. We place the utmost emphasis on all of the parameters that make up stellar service, not just a bandwidth number. Our network is closely monitored, highly instrumented, and we make all performance data available to our members.

Quality vs. Quantity

There are a lot of factors that go into the the end-user experience. Most providers stop at the raw bandwidth number. But we know that’s just the beginning. Many more factors (latency, jitter, loss, etc.) ultimately dictate how fast, consistent and reliable connectivity feels to the end-user. While “throwing bandwidth at a problem” is great for provider profits, we’d rather focus on ensuring your connectivity needs are met, and there’s a lot more to that than just a number with bits per second behind it. KanREN brings both the quantity and the quality, with experience that pre-dates the dawn of the commercial Internet.

Some of our Network Tools

5-Minute Graph Reports: An industry standard that we use for every interface on the network. These are great for monitoring billed usage, as they include automatic 95th percentile calculations, and are very forgiving of peak and bursting data.

10-Second Network Graphs: Our 10-second graph reports of all critical parts of the network are unprecedented in the industry. This data shows utilization and traffic trends 30 times faster and with 30 times the resolution of industry standard 5-minute graphs. These graphs are great for troubleshooting.

Real-Time Weather Map: This “overview” level system shows the entire backbone and current usage on every link in one, easy to read format. The weather map is updated every 15 seconds for a nearly instantaneous view of network traffic.

perfSONAR Toolkit: Developed by the US Department of Energy, the perfSONAR toolkit is the de-facto tool for instrumenting networks to find performance problems before users notice them, and for tuning networks for high-performance.