1st May 2015 signals new phase in GÉANT Project
1 May 2015 | Cambridge, UK and Amsterdam, Netherlands
Today marks the start of the latest iteration of the GÉANT Project, GN4 Phase 1 (GN4-1)
The GÉANT Project is a European success story. For nearly 15 years, through the joined forces of national research and education networking (NREN) organisations, it has been a vital element of Europe’s e-infrastructure strategy, providing the high speed connectivity needed to share, access and process massive volumes of data: data which is generated by, and essential to diverse research and education communities working in areas such as particle physics, bioinformatics, earth observation, drug discovery, and arts and culture.
The GÉANT Project has grown during its iterations (GN2, GN3, GN3plus) to incorporate not just today’s award-winning 500Gbps physical network, but a catalogue of advanced, user-focused services, and a successful programme of innovation that is pushing the boundaries of networking technology to deliver real impact to over 50 million users.
GN4-1 is a 12-month project beginning 1 May 2015, and ending 30 April 2016, pending EC acceptance of GÉANT’s proposal. As part of the GÉANT2020 Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA), it is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020, the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020).
GN4-1 is the first step of a new phase in providing a stable, yet highly innovative, environment for the growth of GÉANT as the European Communications Commons for the European Research Area, providing the best possible digital infrastructure to ensure Europe remains in the forefront of research and other knowledge endeavours.
Close cooperation with other European e-Infrastructure providers and large scientific projects generating vast volumes of data (e.g. ESFRI projects, CERN) will ensure the unique challenges of this dynamic community continue to be met.
New unified branding
Following the joining of TERENA and DANTE in 2014 to become the GÉANT Association, and with the project continuing to form a large part of the organisation’s work, the GÉANT Association is now known as simply 'GÉANT'. This is reflected from 1st May 2015 in a single new logo and unified online web presences as follows:
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Note: The website of GN3plus, the predecessor project (www.geant.net), is still available but will not be updated and will be archived after the formal closure of the project.