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Janet Access Programme update – summer holidays!

It’s the summer holidays now, so a time to take it easy, put our feet up, and relax. Yeah, right! In the first of a regular series of short JAP updates, I’ll provide a quick overview of the status of various Janet access projects we’re working on: South: Today saw the 16th connection (out of […]

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Expanding the footprint

One of the key deliverables of the Janet Access Programme is to expand the geographical footprint of Janet so that existing ‘last mile’ connectivity can be provided more cost effectively, and reaching new customers and new markets can become more affordable. With the design and delivery work carried out to date that has largely been […]

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Further and faster: catching up with the Janet access programme

What is the Janet access programme? Before I bring us up to date on progress, it may be worth reminding ourselves what the Janet access programme is. The Janet Network consists of a national backbone and 18 different regional networks that, historically, were built at different times using different technologies and were once operated by separate, […]

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What is ‘normal’ anyway?

I’m not a fan of the term ‘new normal’, but whether we like it or not we’re now firmly in one. Whilst the basics of network delivery and field engineering haven’t changed, the manner in which they’re carried out has, drastically. This blog post outlines what this new normal looks like, how it differs from […]

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Back to work (well, not quite)

Whilst we’re still firmly ‘enjoying’ lockdown, we have at least now got used to what lockdown really means, both professionally and personally, and we’re used to it. With that in mind our attentions are now turning to planning the transition out of lockdown and into something resembling normal operation. Any transition will definitely be phased […]

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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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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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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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Designing our way out of a rats nest!

A few (5) words on the process of designing new access networks, aka regional aggregation networks (health warning: written by not-a-network-designer). It Takes A Long Time I could leave it there, but for the sake of clarity I’ll delve into some of the more interesting and relevant details. So, we have a contractual requirement to […]

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Back from holiday, back to work

There’s nothing like a good holiday to escape, relax and rejuvenate. I was away for a couple of weeks recently (read this post on LinkedIn about how I kept in touch with all things Jisc and Janet), as were a lot of the rest of the access programme team. A lot of us have got […]