WACREN advances NREN Cloud Computing and Shared Services Strategy in Nigeria

The Network Monitoring and Measurement workshop in Nigeria provided the opportunity to have several side meetings with datacenter providers and education stakeholders towards realisation of the WACREN cloud and shared services strategy.

This included a visit to Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) on 5th October 2015 in the company of the MD of NgREN and top management of Galaxy Backbone led by their CEO, Mr Yusuf Kazaure.  Galaxy Backbone is the connectivity and IT services provider for the government of Nigeria and the meeting was preceded by an inspection of their datacenter facilities.  

A complementary session with Mr Peter Jack, the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) was held the following day with colleagues from the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology.


The team also met with executives of MainOne and Rack Center, providers of Tier III datacenters in Lagos after participating in the Eko-Konnect seminar on Federated Identity and Mobility for Research and Education.

Eko-Konnect: Federated Identity and Mobility for Research and Education

Second WACREN Regional Capacity Building Workshop successfully completed

WACREN has successfully completed its second regional capacity building workshop.  The workshop was hosted by the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN) in Abuja on 28 September to 2 October and organized in collaboration with the Association of African Universities (AAU), the Network Startup Resource Centre (NSRC), and the GÉANT Association
The over-subscribed workshop on Network Monitoring and Measurement was attended by 33 participants from WACREN and Ubuntunet Alliance NRENs including FasoREN, GARNET,  NgREN, NigerREN,  RENU, RerBenin, RwedNET, snRER, SudREN, TogoRER and ZAMREN.

Save the dates: UbuntuNet Connect, Maputo, 12-20 November 2015 and e-AGE 2015, Casablanca, 7-8 December 2015

The Ubuntunet Alliance and ASREN annual conferences are around the corner.  Please see http://www.ubuntunet.net/uc2015 and http://asrenorg.net/eage2015/ for more information.

GÉANT appoints Steve Cotter as new CEO

GÉANT, Europe’s leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services for research and education, has appointed a new CEO, Steve Cotter, to complete the restructuring of the organisation and take on the challenges of a rapidly changing global science environment.


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