MOREnet Council Meeting Minutes - March 11. 2013

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TIME: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Monday, March 11, 2013

PLACE: Audio

Members present: Kevin Palmer, Chair, Gary Allen, Russ Brock, Margaret Conroy, Jacque Cowherd, David Doennig, John Gillispie, Waller McGuire, Paul Mensching, Tim Robyn, Archie Sprengel

Alternates present: Craig Klimczak, Barbara Reading

MOREnet staff present: Natasha Angell, Lynn Burgan, Chip Byers, Sherry Loyd, Hank Niederhelm, Connie Stickney, Nikki Witting

Other staff present: Jean Morrison, MOSL

Chair Kevin Palmer called the MOREnet Council meeting to order. Those who were in attendance are listed above.

Chair Palmer called for a motion to approve the agenda. David Doenning moved to approve the March 11, 2013 meeting agenda as distributed. Russ Brock seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


Minutes of the November 29, 2012 MOREnet Council Meetings – Approval

Chair Palmer asked for a motion to approve the meeting minutes. Margaret Conroy moved to approve the November 29, 2012 minutes as distributed. David Doennig seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


Approved Investment Projects Updates – Information

Chip Byers reported that the Call for Partnership Proposals for the District research project will be sent to the K-12 community members in the March timeframe and that staff have reached out to several superintendents regarding the project. A meeting is also scheduled with the Missouri State Library for input and guidance on solicitation and the project schedule for the Library research project. He also reported that an RFP is out for the Northern Backbone Expansion but that responses have not been what staff had hoped to see as dark fiber is difficult to acquire. Staff is researching the possibility of using lambdas, use of multiple optical wavelengths, to provide independent communications channels along a strand of fiber optic cable.

Optical Equipment Replacement/Upgrade Update – Information

Hank Niederhelm reported that Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. was awarded the optical equipment contract which will enable the move from the current ADVA soon to be end of life equipment. The final cost for the new optical equipment, including installation, is expected to be $2.59M. The forecasted range had been $2.5M to $3.5M. The new equipment will have at least a 10 year life cycle and be able to support 100Gbps waves. Based on the updated replacement cost, the revised FY13 Plant Fund balance is projected to be $1,757,533.

Besides the end of life equipment situation, an additional driver for the equipment replacement was UM being awarded a $1M Campus Cyberinfrastructure – Network Infrastructure and Engineering (CC-NIE) grant to fund the build out of a 100Gbps circuit from Columbia to Kansas City and another 100Gbps circuit from Columbia to St. Louis. Both circuits will connect to Internet2’s National Innovation Platform. MOREnet and the University will be the only Research and Education Network to have an innovation platform switch on their campus.

Chair Palmer thanked Niederhelm and his team for their work in saving the additional ~$1M on the optical equipment replacement/upgrade.

Proposed Core Network Intrusion Detection/Prevention System Services – Information

Connie Stickney reviewed the proposed service and gave a quick review of the research done in support of determining the service. In reaching out to other Research and Education networks, staff have found that organizations that are interested in MOREnet’s findings, few have done any investigation themselves.

Archie Sprengel said that any level of content filtering will be a concern for Southeast Missouri State University and he believes the higher education institutions in general. An opt-out option would be necessary for their participation.

Staff to begin preparing an RFI/RFP to solicit additional information and more current pricing for available IDS/IPS solutions that will benefit MOREnet’s connected members. Additional information will be brought back to the Council following the evaluation of the RFP.

Change to Learning Express Library Offering for FY14 – Information

Natasha Angell reported that effective October 1, 2013, Learning Express Library will only be available to Full Service members. For the last several years, Full Service members have accounted for 80 percent of the consortium’s LEL usage. Thus, as the current contract and funding source for the LEL resource expires, MOREnet will roll access to this highly-valuable resource into the Full Service package. This FY14 service change was shared with all members in December 2012.

Member Reports – Information

Missouri Education and Research Consortium (MERC) - Sprengel reported that the MERC Board is finishing their proposed updates to the Governance Procedures and will share their proposal at the MERC Institutional Representative meeting on May 2, 2013.

Meeting Schedule

  • June 4, 2013 – 10:00-2:00pm – MOREnet Offices
  • August 29, 2013 – 1:00-3:00pm – Audio/TelePresence/Videoconference
  • December 12, 2013 – 10:00-2:00pm – MOREnet Offices

Conroy reported that the State Library has decided to add the Heritage Quest genealogical resources from ProQuest to their database offerings in FY14. She also reported that the REAL appropriation remains intact at this point of the legislative process.

Chair Palmer called for a motion to adjourn. Craig Klimczak moved to adjourn the March 11, 2013, meeting. Conroy seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 10:29 a.m.

Respectfully Submitted by Sherry Loyd