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#Technology & Innovation COVID-19 Response Roaming

Federated roaming during COVID-19 isolation

Govroam and eduroam are services aimed at facilitating network roaming access to staff and students visiting participating organisations. Our current national response to the pandemic is to radically restrict travel and work for non-keyworkers, so we’d predict that Jisc’s roaming services would be barely used at present. The situation seems to be a little more […]

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DNS

A brief blip in the DNS

At around 5pm on Wednesday 25th March we received a few reports that some sites on Janet were having issues with DNS resolution. This was caused by the site’s own resolver still performing DNSSEC Lookaside Validation (DLV), and a failure by the operators of the DLV zone that broke the DNSSEC signing of that zone. […]

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Connectivity Delivery Delays COVID-19 Response FAQ

Quoting, ordering and delivery – what’s changed?

Following recent government advice on limiting movement to essential activities only, and further restrictions imposed by numerous parties on delivery of new infrastructure, this blog post aims to highlight the environment we’re now working in, and how it affects the quoting, ordering and delivery of Janet connectivity services. Note that the majority of the information […]

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COVID-19 Response FAQ TrafficManagement

Networking FAQ

Members and Customers have been asking how Jisc are managing, and adapting usage of the Janet Network, and other key services, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. Here’s an FAQ with our response as of 28th April 2020. As operations and service delivery changes to meet the rapidly changing needs of our Members and Customers […]

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TrafficManagement

How working from home has changed the traffic on the Janet Network (and what happened on Thursday)

As many of us are moving from working at a college or University to working at home, so the ways that data is flowing across the Janet network are changing. Up until this week, the largest traffic flows across Janet were inbound from GÉANT and the major content providers towards our members and customers.  The […]

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#Technology & Innovation

Wi-Fi 6E – the Wi-Fi refresh we all need?

As I write on February 3rd, OfCom has just launched a consultation around release of a block of 6GHz spectrum for wireless comms. It seems a good moment to talk about Wi-Fi 6E.   Before we start, let’s be clear what we’re talking about. Most of us are comfortable discussing the zoo of 802.11 standards, […]

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procurement

Capturing Requirements for Jisc Frameworks

I’ve procured and administered a handful of procurement frameworks on Jisc’s behalf over the years, and a lot of the language and accepted practices of public procurement are familiar to me (drummed in by colleagues in our excellent procurement unit). However, I’ve been struck recently that for a number of our members, when we invite […]

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Thoughts on Crisis Management

Earlier this month I attended CLAW 2019, the third Crisis Management Workshop for the GÉANT Community. The event was held at the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre in Poland – not the easiest place to get to from the UK, but lovely once you’re there:       My role at Jisc is Head of […]

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#Technology & Innovation

To 100Gbit/s, and beyond!

The capacity of the Janet network has always seen massive growth – in my time at Jisc it’s gone from the 10Gbits/s SuperJanet4 network in 2006, to the 100Gbits/s SuperJanet5 network in 2011, to the 600Gbits/s Janet6 network that operates today. We also made a bit of noise last year when we upgraded the core […]

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#Technology & Innovation

Hic sunt dracones

One of the questions that we get asked in the Network Development and Architecture team is “when are you going to deploy ‘thing they read about in the tech news’?” and the answer usually falls squarely into one of three distinct categories: