Vidar Faltinsen

Mr Vidar Faltinsen

What NRENs also can do

The presentation gives an update on achieved results in the
four year GigaCampus programme (2006 - 2009). The overall objective of GigaCampus is to address key networking challenges on the campus networks of Norwegian universities and university colleges. The program defines a number of goals divided into seven focus areas; physical
infrastructure, networking, mobility, person-to-person communication (SIP), security, service management, and end-to-end quality.

Halfway through the programme GigaCampus proves to be cost effective. There are substantial overall savings on the purchase agreements. Combined with the GigaCampus best practice documents we have a common platform to build and develop our campus networks. Accompanied with on site consulting, frequent working group meetings, workshops and courses, GigaCampus has established an important arena for IT staff of the 40 Norwegian universities and university collages. It is all about learning from each other,
discuss and conclude on the way to go. "Doing things right" turns out to be a major time and cost saver for the community as a whole.

In 2008 UNINETT are expanding the GigaCampus model to also deal with new areas, i.e. server virtualization, audio visuals, IP TV and more.

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Vidar Faltinsen obtained his degree in Computer Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 1993. He has since then worked as network engineer with primary focus on campus networks. He has eight years of experience from NTNU where he from 2000 till 2004 was network manager. Faltinsen is also the founder of the open
source network management system, NAV (, now used by many networks in Norway and elsewhere.

Faltinsen has since 2004 been with UNINETT. He is currently the manager of the four year GigaCampus initiative (2006-2009) which is the topic of his talk.