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National LambdaRail's Network Operations Services Transferred to CENIC

May 24, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
California-based CENIC will also provide engineering support, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will support the NLR TelePresence Exchange

LOS ANGELES, May 24, 2012
-- National LambdaRail (NLR) and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) announced today that they have completed the transfer of NLR's Network Operations Center (NOC) to CENIC. CENIC has a long history of providing NOC services at the optical layer to NLR since its inception in 2003. In addition to optical layer services, CENIC will now be responsible for switch, router and engineering support desk NOC services and, in a recently expanded agreement, CENIC will deliver network design engineering capabilities for NLR.

National LambdaRail also announced that technical support for its TelePresence services would now be supported by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. NLR provides the research and education community with access to the largest available TelePresence network, reaching over 250 end points and 14 countries. It also provides interconnection to commercial carrier networks to enable the R&E community to connect to industry.

NLR Chairman and CEO Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong welcomed the agreements with both CENIC and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. "NLR now has very robust support for our NOC, engineering and TelePresence services and we look forward to excellent enhanced partnerships with both CENIC and UW-Whitewater," he said. "We currently have the right infrastructure in place now to meet our objectives to support the growing 'big data' demands of scientific research, in particular the massive new data demands that genomic medicine will need as it transforms healthcare in the country."

"As a founding member of NLR, CENIC is pleased not only to be providing all of NLR's Network Operations Center, but also to be supporting NLR's engineering requirements," said CENIC Chief Executive Officer Louis Fox. "This reinforces our combined mission to serve the research community, not only throughout California but also across the United States."

About NLR
National LambdaRail is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by the research and education community. It connects over 280 sites, including universities and federal laboratories, which use NLR's 12,000 miles of high-performance optical fiber in the United States and its connections to overseas networks for leading-edge research, medical science and patient care. Users include NASA, NOAA and NIH. NLR creates opportunities for collaboration, innovation and commercialization among the global research community as well as public and private partners. It also provides customized support for individual researchers and projects. For more information please visit

California's education and research communities leverage their networking resources under CENIC, the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, in order to obtain cost-effective, high-bandwidth networking to support their missions and answer the needs of their faculty, staff and students.

CENIC designs, implements and operates CalREN, the California Research and Education Network, a high-bandwidth, high-capacity Internet network specially designed to meet the unique requirements of these communities, and to which the vast majority of the state's K-20 educational institutions are connected. In order to facilitate collaboration in education and research, CENIC also provides connectivity to non-California institutions and industry research organizations with which CENIC's Associate researchers and educators are engaged.

About the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Founded in 1868, UW-Whitewater is the fourth largest university in the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System. More than 11,600 students from 41 states and 41 countries choose UW-Whitewater for an exceptional education experience, which includes an array of online and hybrid courses. Faculty and staff members use innovative teaching methods, including technology-based instruction and digital media. UW-Whitewater's high-tech facilities include 70 computer labs and six suites equipped with high-definition video conferencing technology. UW-Whitewater collaborates with business, academic and research partners from around the world to discover and apply knowledge.

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