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NRENs: Facing the challenge of relevance

In the last two decades NRENs have successfully provided new services to the (higher) education and research in their countries. However, times are changing. There is a clear need for change for NRENs to stay relevant for their user communities. This presentation describes SURFnet's current vision and describes its three main challenges: (1) Add value over what commercial organisations deliver, (2) Reaching the end users, and (3) Connect our users to their relevant partners with IT. These challenges and how we cope with them will be discussed. International collaboration is shown to be a key factor for handling all three challenges.

Speakers

Authors

  • Erwin Bleumink - SURFnet
  • Erik Huizer - SURFnet, Utrecht University

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