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Presentation Abstracts

Presentaion Abstracts present a general overview of the presentations to be given at the 2014 KanREN Annual Conference. Check back frequently as we are adding more presenters and presentations.

KanREN Security Services

Brad Fleming, Kansas Research and Education Network

KanREN is announcing a new suite of managed security services for aggregated members. During this session we plan to outline both high-level and technical details of how the services are built as well as monitoring and support services provided by the NOC. We'll also cover blackhole routing techniques employed by the KanREN NOC staff.

Dynamic IP: VoIP and SIP Solutions

Presenter: Clint McDonald, Windstream Communications

Abstract: Dynamic IP solution allows businesses to utilize advanced voice, Internet, and networking services from the same connection.  Benefit from Voice & Data Convergence, Dynamic bandwidth allocation, and voice prioritization & Quality of Service (QoS).

Title: Nexus VPC Bowtie Configuration, OTV Avoidance

Dallas Ivanko and Shawn Roche, The University of Kansas Medical Center

We recently deployed a remote DATA center and when looking at the cost of the Nexus OTV solution quickly looked at other alternatives. What we came up with was the Nexus bowtie configuration that allows servers to be at 2 different sites using the same IP default gateway and same L2/L3 network. This essentially expanded our DATA center without the cost of OTV. Our remote DATA center is roughly 4 miles away from our main DATA center. Solutions for long distance would require OTV.

Title: SDN for Campus Networks -- Meeting the Demands of Tomorrow's Users and Applications

Presenters: Bill Ryan, Brocade

Traditional network environments require application specific policies to be provisioned across the network one switch at a time. In contrast, SDN enabled networks can dynamically allocate resources in real-time to meet the needs of running applications. The impact is an emergence of a new set of cost-effective SDN applications that fine-tune network resources to meet the demands of 21st-century users and their applications. Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are transforming networks to improve performance, simplify operations and increase agility. Bill Ryan will provide a review of the current status of Openflow and the Open Daylight Foundation. He will apply these rapidly evolving network standards to use cases for Campus Networking. Two use cases will be highlighted; DDos Mitigation and Unified Wired/Wireless leveraging work being completed with Aruba Networks to highlight the value of SDN networks.

Title: Firewall Solutions

Eric Helm, Yellow Dog Networks

Next Generation Firewalls deliver a consistent approach to network security based on applications, users, and content that always protects your data and end-users  regardless of their physical location.

Title: Deploying Microsoft Direct Access

Presenter: Jeff Blomendahl, The University of Kansas Medical Center

Providing access to internal resources at KUMC from off campus has traditionally been accomplished by means of a VPN client. While this solution has worked well, it does have drawbacks. We do not allow split tunneling, so while on VPN the user has no access to local resources such as printers or network attached storage. We can't enforce our Active Direcotry group policies, so even while on VPN access to some resources are limited.

Microsoft Direct Access allows a domain attached workstation to authenticate against our Active Directory domain without the use of VPN client. This allows group policies to be enforced, so we can provide the same level of access that would be available on campus for many of our resources. Also, since there is no VPN involved, users still have access to their local resources and traffic not destined to the university goes out through the local internet connection.

A Kansas based Cloud Federation: Flexible Infrastructure Enabling Rapid Innovation in Teaching, Learning, Research, and Service

Bob Etzel, ISG Technology 

Technology driven changes in teaching, research, user trends and the need for scale in a big data world create a magnitude of challenges and opportunities for Kansas universities, colleges and school districts. Attendees will learn from case studies how cloud federation ties together both on-premises and cloud based solutions to help optimize IT service delivery and manage costs.

Preparing for SDN

Presenter: Karen Rhodes, Hewlett Packard


Deffinition of SDN
History of SDN and it's evolution since 2007
How SDN is being used in educational environments today
How to prepare your environment for SDN
How to prepare your team to start learning and using SDN

Title: Cloud Computing

Presenter: Joe Phelps and Jeff Olson, Century Link

Cloud computing offers an efficient and cost effective means to meet the challenges faced by IT organizations serving students and administrators. This presentation will highlight an industry-leading approach to providing a flexible, scalable environment that helps institutions meet scheduling and peak workload needs and provide a base for disaster recovery. A brief outline of various offerings, terms and technology will be followed by a demonstration of the CenturyLink Cloud environment.

Title: BYOD in the Education Market

Presenter: Jeffrey Potter, Shoretel

BYOD and Mobility, has exploded onto the education market place. The advantages to distance learning, extended education and the flexibility it brings are just a few of the reasons for this sensation. However, it is not a fad or sensation: its real, its very productive and here to stay. Please join JMA-IT and Shoretel as we discuss this exciting and challenging technology and explore how BYOD and Mobility can work for you. This will be an interactive session where we will welcome your feedback and demonstrate this technology.

Title: Optimizing Redundant Tasks through Automation

Presenter: Oliver Scheurmann, Juniper Networks

Whether you are providing services to students and staff on campus or offering distance learning across the globe, your institution requires a secure, high-performing network that your students and staff can readily access. The remedial, repetitive day to day tasks (chore of network) increase operational costs, tax your limited staff, and add complexity that causes network outages that cannot be afforded in today’s competitive education market.

Automating these tasks can not only reduce operational constraints, but increase innovation to drive new projects that will differentiate your institution from your competitors. Juniper’s Junos Automation offers an open, compressive automation solution that affords you automated network solutions and integration into your existing business workflows.