2014 is proving to be a year of subtle reinvention for AARNet, with the rollout of the AARNet 4 network and a range of new above-the-net (we like to call them “plus”) services becoming available. This includes Box and Zoom, both of which have their first customers as of the second half of the year. We look forward to bringing more exciting services onto the network in the near future.
In the network space, growth of traffic has continued on historical norms, with 50% overall traffic growth, year on year. Unmetered traffic now comprises 87% of all traffic, with metered traffic being only 13%. This is owed both to growth in collaboration and data sharing amongst the institutions connected to AARNet and also to the success of our peering strategy.
We have recently completed an upgrade of the southern leg of the SXTransPORT connection to the East Coast of the US to 40 gigabits per second. This has coincided with the establishment of our partnership with REANNZ, the New Zealand Research and Education Network. This partnership means that for the first time, New Zealand researchers and scientists will have capacity for ‘big data’ transport between New Zealand and the rest of the world. We are hugely excited to welcome our friends from across the pond onto the network.
Looking into the future, we are reviewing our strategic plan and in doing so have consulted with the AARNet Board and the AARNet Advisory Committee. This biennial refresh of the AARNet strategic plan is undertaken to review how we are tracking against our goals and to take account of changes to the environment, which in this industry is very much a given!
I could not end without paying tribute to our past chair, Mr Peter Nikoletatos, who has been a part of the AARNet Advisory Committee since 2012 and Chair since the beginning of 2013. Peter has contributed hugely to the success of AARNet over a long period and we wish him well in his new role as CIO at La Trobe University.
Dec 17, 2015
2015 has been another busy and productive year for AARNet. We’ve seen many new customers connected and network builds completed. We’ve also continued to focus our attention on developing ‘above the network’ services to meet the increasingly data-intensive, collaborative and global needs of Australia’s research and education sector. We wish...
Sep 23, 2015
Chris Hancock, CEO AARNet It’s hard to believe the year is nearly over. Our focus continues to be on evolving the network to meet the future needs of the research and education sector. SDN Testbeds and Science DMZ sandboxes are examples of AARNet initiatives underway to inform future network planning....
Sep 22, 2015
Pushing technological boundaries and exploring what the future network might look like has been a focus of AARNet’s activities since the early days of rolling out the Internet in Australia. SDN Testbed Currently, we’re exploring the area of Software Defined Networking (SDN). SDN is an emerging new technology, focused on teasing...