JA.net is the core provider of network infrastructure and services to the UK research and tertiary education community. As such, I was honoured to be invited to tackle this intriguing web content assignment seeking to redefine each of 23 complex technology services in terms of its benefits to each of eight stakeholder groups within the customer institutions. Completing the task required me to be able to understand the underlying technologies and their usage within the academic communities, and extrapolate from there the benefits of each to its users. Process analysis and web content for ja.net

JANET Lightpath

INTRODUCTION

The JANET Lightpath service provides researchers, students and academic staff with dedicated network capacity for end-to-end connections between two locations. The facility enables research projects to be carried out within a segregated network environment, undisturbed by other JANET traffic. Typically, these projects will be in areas such as physics, astronomy and high-end computing. Lightpath connections can be established between two JANET connected organisations, or between a JANET organisation and an organisation connected to an international partner organisation.

HOW JANET LIGHTPATH BENEFITS YOU

IT Technical Staff

JANET Lightpath enables you to provide students and academic staff at your institution with a dedicated connection to another JANET connected institution, or an institution connected to a JANET international partner, for the purposes of experiment or research. The connection is free of interference from any normal JANET traffic.
Lightpath provides capacity from 50Mbit/s to 10Gbit/s, implemented within JANET’s advanced optical network, and is delivered to the point where the institutions involved connect to the JANET IP service, or to an international peering point in the case of overseas collaborations.

Senior Management

JANET Lightpath is an on-request dedicated network connection enabling students, researchers or staff at your institution to collaborate with colleagues at other JANET connected institutions, or at institutions connected to JANET’s international partners, on projects requiring a high-capacity network free from disturbance. Typically, Lightpath is made use of by scientists working in the areas of physics, astronomy and high-end computing. Lightpath makes a significant contribution to UK research by enabling national and international collaboration.

Librarians

JANET Lightpath is an on-request dedicated network connection enabling students, researchers or staff at your institution to collaborate with colleagues at other JANET connected institutions, or at institutions connected to JANET’s international partners, on projects requiring a high-capacity network free from disturbance. While Lightpath is most frequently used by scientists working in the areas of physics, astronomy and high-end computing, its segregated network environment, which enables high capacity file transfer, could be of value in providing access for specific and specialist projects to high quality multimedia resources and archives.

Finance

JANET Lightpath provides an on-request, dedicated network connection enabling students, researchers or staff at your institution to collaborate with colleagues at other JANET connected institutions, or at institutions connected to JANET’s international partners, on projects requiring a high-capacity network free from disturbance. By so doing, Lightpath encourages collaborative research while reducing costs associated with travel, accommodation and absence. Lightpath also allows saving of costs which might otherwise be incurred in duplicating costly facilities available via its network at another institutions. Lightpath is free at point of use for all but the highest connection capacities.

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