When it seems like the end of the world is near and your researchers need unsurpassed connectivity to research and cure the COVID-19 virus, who will they turn to? The clear answer is in. They will use their NREN and GÉANT connectivity. While the EU is requesting streaming companies to change their default streaming to a lower grade since the European Internet Service Providers (ISP) are having trouble meeting capacity, the GÉANT network continues to hum along providing essential and life-preserving connectivity.
During this global crisis the IUCC network in Israel continues to provide non-stop connectivity without any bottlenecks, even when an accident involving a tractor cut a fiber bundle at a major intersection near Tel Aviv. This kind of engineering and the GÉANT backbone kept institutions connected until the carriers fixed their fiber cuts within four hours.
Hank Nussbacher explains how IUCC in Israel, GÉANT and the Global NREN community are working together to support research and education.