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					Economic Development Council   December 2006

  Using Technology to Promote Economic
A Definition…
• information technology
  n. (Abbr. IT)
  – The development, installation,
    and implementation of
    computer systems and
Two Flavors of IT and ED
• Grass Roots                 • Advanced IT
  – In the trenches             – High capacity network
    supporting local IT           and computational
    implementations and           resources
  – Education, Training and
The reality… In the trenches…
• IT can create more problems
  than solutions if not
  integrated appropriately
   – Reduces profits and decreases
     viability and longevity of enterprise
• Businesses often don’t have
  the capabilities or skill set to
  support basis IT functions
• Often have to pay extreme
  amounts for low levels of
• Not purely a rural issue
Why the focus on IT and ED?
• We are entrenched in a global,
  “Knowledge-based” economy
• Technology is no longer a novelty, it is a
  necessity to be competitive
• Levels the playing field for even the
  smallest business or industry
  – Can bring worldwide resources to any community
• Cost/benefit is significant
What are some solutions?
• Increasing IT capabilities of the entering
  workforce (Academic Programs)
  – Not train and retrain
  – Focus should be train and retain in local
• Can provide a framework to support
  existing business and industry as well as
  attract new interests
What are some solutions?
• Develop partnerships with business and industry
  key to economic viability
   – Possibly go beyond in terms of IT integration and support
       • Provide consulting
       • Security
       • Manufacturing and Business Processes
• Incubators and research/business parks are good
  resources to support emerging enterprises
   – Controlled environments with excellent IT resources and
IT and Community Stewardship
• A Concept (Regional IT Support Centers)
  – It has become increasingly apparent that
    Oklahoma does not have equalized or inclusive
    levels of Information Technology (IT) staffing,
    support or capabilities throughout its non-urban
    areas of the state – and often there are
    inequalities within the urban centers themselves.
  – There are distinct “haves” and “have-nots” with
    regard to IT support and resources
Regional IT Support Centers
• Concept Goals
  – Provide a structure of readily available, high quality IT and
    engineering support services for educational and economic
    development purposes at a reasonable and/or reduced cost.
  – Leverage existing connectivity and relationships to develop a
    framework that supports and encourages technology
    innovation – regardless of local IT expertise.
  – Throughout the development and expansion of the project,
    encourage and nurture growth in direct IT fields.
Regional IT Support Centers
• Concept Objectives
  – Create efficiencies related to IT support and technology
  – Create a real and virtual IT support network and ultimately
    grow the state’s IT capabilities via:
      • Online professional development opportunities
      • Consolidation of reference and training materials
      • Establishment of “real” partnerships and agreements
  – Create efficiencies and cost-savings through open access to
    IT resources across the state.
  – Increase the quality of the state’s IT capabilities through
    established benchmarks and technology synergies met
    through high quality IT training and curriculum.
Regional IT Support Centers
Challenges of Concept
• Awareness
• Staffing
  – Potential impact on institution needs
• Funding
• Mission Creep
  – Commercial support providers
• Defining geographic area of responsibility
Advanced IT and ED
• National LambdaRail
• Disaster Recovery and Business
• Storage area Networking
• Converged Technologies
  – Video
  – Voice
  – Data
The National LambdaRail (NLR)
• The NLR is a major initiative of U.S.
  research universities and private
  sector technology companies to
  provide a national scale
  infrastructure for research and
  experimentation in networking
  technologies and applications.
  – Focus is on ownership and control of infrastructure
Communities Served by the NLR
• Network Researchers

• Science Researchers – Big

• Clinicians – Health Care Delivery
Potential Capacity
• The Equivalent
  of 40 nationwide
How it works

    Traditional Optronics   DWDM
    National LambdaRail Members and
•   CENIC                             •   Committee on
•   Pacific Northwest Gigapop             Institutional Cooperation (CIC)
                                      •   Cornell University
•   Pittsburgh Supercomputing
    Center/University of Pittsburgh   •   Louisiana Board of Regents
                                      •   Oklahoma State Regents
•   Duke University, representing a
                                      •   Lonestar Education and Research
    coalition of NC universities
                                          Network (LEARN)
•   Mid-Atlantic Terascale
                                      •   University of New Mexico
    Partnership                           (on behalf of the State of New
•   Cisco Systems                         Mexico)
•   Internet2                         •   UCAR/FRGP
•   Florida LambdaRail                •   SURA
•   Georgia Institute of Technology   •   Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL)
                                      •   Case Western Reserve University
What Makes the NLR Unique

• 50% of network          • 50% of network
 capacity is dedicated     capacity is reserved
 to scientific research    for network research
Other Unique Benefits
•   Serves the Research Community
•   Owned the Infrastructure
•   Unconstrained use policies (Open AUP!)
•   User empowered
•   Enables leading edge research and
•   Full integration of IP services
•   Guided by Regional Optical Networks that are
•   Provides for Diverse Partnership Opportunities
•   Links RONs to each other and to International
    and National networks (GLIF)
Other Unique Benefits
• NLR is the only nationwide R&E
  network infrastructure:
  by the R&E Community
 Oklahoma Research Network

Statewide Scope
    Regional Optical Networks (RONs)

Regional Scope
   National LambdaRail Architecture

National Scope
Global Integrated Facility
In Closing…
• OneNet can support your economic
  development efforts by:
  – Removing geographic barriers
  – Providing access to collaborative research
  – Bringing computational resources to the
  – Leveraging existing resources to demonstrate
    commitment and efficiencies


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