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CEO’s Report September 2014

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Chris Hancock CEO AARNet2014 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.

Chris Hancock


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