Fall 2008 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Network Story

The Fall 2008 Member Meeting is a showcase for the collaborative efforts of our members. The network for our meeting, which featured four gigabits of external connectivity, owes its success to numerous member contributions. Four metro ethernet 1GE circuits were provisioned from the Sheraton to the LONI POP at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Two of these circuits supported general wired and wireless connectivity, videoconferencing, netcasting, and the demonstration area. The other two circuits connected to the Internet2 Dynamic Circuit Network, and were used for demonstrations during the general sessions.

The wired LAN was comprised of Hewlett-Packard and Cisco ethernet switches. Most locations were served using the hotel's existing copper infrastructure. Single-mode fiber was installed to support the demonstration area and the general session ballroom. The wireless LAN leveraged the Sheraton's infrastructure, with a few additional APs added to fill in coverage gaps.

Internet2 would like to thank the organizations that made the network for our Member Meeting possible. Louisiana State University provided network engineering, deployment, equipment, and support. LONI provided Internet2 and commodity network connectivity. Hewlett-Packard provided Procurve ethernet switches. AT&T expedited our metro ethernet circuit orders, and fulfilled them well ahead of schedule. The Sheraton New Orleans provided wireless infrastructure and engineering support. SKC Communications provided H.323 videoconferencing endpoints.

Our thanks go out to all of these organizations!