NYSERNet is a private not-for-profit corporation created to foster science and education in New York State. Its mission is to advance network technology and related applications to satisfy needs common to the institutions comprising New York State’s research and education community, providing a forum for exploration of the opportunities and challenges these innovations present.
An Internet pioneer, NYSERNet has delivered next-generation Internet services to New York State’s research and education community for more than twenty-five years. NYSERNet members include New York State’s leading universities, colleges, museums, healthcare facilities, primary and secondary schools, and research institutions. NYSERNet’s Board of Directors is composed of CIO’s and other senior personnel drawn from and representing New York’s leading research universities and institutions.
NYSERNet was founded in 1985 by a consortium of visionary public and private New York State institutions to provide high-speed network connectivity to advance research and educational initiatives in the Empire State. Their efforts led, in 1987, to the deployment of the nation’s first statewide regional IP network, the first in a succession of high-performance networks built by NYSERNet, two of which resulted in commercial spin-offs.
In 1998, NYSERNet deployed NYSERNet 2000, a next-generation R&E network incorporating a backbone extending from Buffalo to New York City with gateways to multiple national research networks. NYSERNet 2000, in concert with the national Internet2 and Next Generation Internet initiatives, raised the capabilities of high-performance networking, enabling research and education institutions in New York State to engage in and use the most current network technology to accomplish their missions.
In 2003, NYSERNet began implementation of its New York City Metropolitan Fiber Project, which uses optical fiber to interconnect participating institutions in Manhattan and The Bronx with NYSERNet’s communications hub at 32 Avenue of the Americas. This hub also serves as a convergence point for the exchange of data among multiple national and international research and education networks.
Janet is a part of Jisc Collections and Janet Limited, a Jisc company. Janet manages the operation and development of the Janet network, on behalf of Jisc. Jisc is the UK’s expert on digital technology for education and research, It’s work is guided by its funders, owners (AoC, GuildHE and UUK) and trustees.
Janet is government funded, with the primary aim of providing and developing a network infrastructure that meets the needs of the research and education communities.
The concept of a community underpins everything we do and the network is based on the need for organisations to communicate, collaborate and co-operate in the shared interests of education and research. We offer many feedback mechanisms, including the Janet Stakeholder Group, to ensure that an open communication channel exists between us and the community we serve. Janet is the network dedicated to the needs of research and education in the UK. It connects the UK’s research and education institutions to each other, as well as to the rest of the world through links to the global Internet. In addition, Janet includes a separate network that is available to the community for experimental activities in network development.
The Janet network connects UK universities, FE Colleges, Research Councils, Specialist Colleges and Adult and Community Learning providers. It also provides connections between the Regional Broadband Consortia to facilitate the DfE initiative for a national schools’ network. Over 18 million end-users are currently served by the Janet network.
The range of activities facilitated by Janet allows individuals and institutions to push back the traditional boundaries of teaching, learning and research methods. For example, Janet’s videoconferencing and video streaming capabilities are being used to deliver lectures to remote groups of students. For researchers, the high capacity of the Janet backbone allows the linking of large data storage and high performance computing facilities at a national and international level.