Virtualisation and Cloud Workshop - Accra, Ghana, 15-19 September 2014.

WACREN organizes its first regional training workshop in Accra, Ghana, on 15-19 September 2014.  

The hands-on workshop  is organized in collaboration with the Ghanaian Academic and Research Network (GARNET),  the Association of African Universities (AAU) and NSRC, and hosted by University of Ghana, Legon.

The workshop will be held in English

Workshop Goals

This track will provide an overview of virtualization technology with a series of hands-on practical exercises, so that participants will be able to:
  • Build desktop virtualization with VirtualBox
  • Build server virtualization with KVM and libvirt
  • Use file and block shared storage and live VM migration
  • Build redundant VM clusters with Ganeti
  • Some knowledge of UNIX/Linux, with experience of the command line is strongly suggested
  • Basic understanding of L2/L3 technologies and IP networking are a plus
  • Participants must bring their own laptops (Windows, Linux or OSX) with wireless, 1GB+ RAM, and 5GB+ free disk space.


  1. All participants will have to secure funds for their travel, including visa fees where applicable
  2. International participants will be provided accommodation and meals
  3. Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided to all participants

Interested candidates who meet the requirements can apply below.  Candidates from the UbuntuNet Alliance and ASREN regions are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for application is 15 August 2014.   Now 31 July 2014 due to oversubscription


WACREN CEO wins 2014 NII service award

WACREN CEO  Boubakar Barry has won the 2014 Network Information & Infrastructure (NII) Service Award.   Dr Barry who comes from Senegal won the award for his commitment to capacity building and Internet development in Africa including his work in supporting the emergence and the strengthening of several research and education networks in Africa.

Dr Barry said as he received the award from the 2013 recipient, Mr Alan Barrett that “It’s a great honor for me to receive the 2014 Network Information & Infrastructure (NI&I) Service Award. I see it as recognition of my active involvement in the Internet community for almost 20 years now. Being more active in the research and education networking community as Convener of AfREN for the past eight years, I would like to share this honourable moment with all those who work tirelessly to build state of the art infrastructures, and offer services to support quality education and research in Africa.”

WACREN appoints its Chief Technology Officer

WACREN today announced the appointment of Omo Oaiya to the role of Chief Technology Officer for the association. In his new role, Mr Oaiya will be responsible for WACREN technical assets, counselling and supporting members on technical issues and supervising WACREN capacity building activities.

Mr. Oaiya was in the Task Team set up by the Association of African Universities (AAU) that led to the incorporation of WACREN and has been acting since 2009 as the Chair of the WACREN Technical Committee on Infrastructure.

Mr. Oaiya also supervises the developer team of EduERP, open source student and staff administration software for higher education and has a long history of academic networking and computing especially in Nigeria .  

He actively supports the effective use of learning technologies and leads the IT development group in the Peoples Open Access Initiative (Peoples-uni),  a UK based effort providing postgraduate public health education via Internet based e-learning.   

He serves on the board of Eko-Konnect Research and Education Initiative, a cluster of NgREN and is graduate of the University of Benin in Nigeria.

Fundraising for WACREN

As a very young organization, WACREN has to secure funding for its Secretariat and first activities.  

The WACREN community and WACREN friends can contribute in many ways, including timely payment of membership fees (multi-year payments are welcome) and donations.


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