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22 May. 2023

Glimpse behind the scenes: Belnet renews the FedMAN ring

Federal Public Services (FPSs) are connected by Belnet to one another and to the Internet via FedMAN (Federal Metropolitan Area Network). FedMAN is an essential part of the federal government's IT infrastructure and was fully integrated into the Belnet network about 10 years ago. Recently, in line with the rest of the Belnet network, the FedMAN ring has been running entirely on new equipment from Ciena. Tom De Clercq, one of our network architects, explains the benefits of this renewal and how the network team brought this project to a successful conclusion.
16 May. 2023

First general meeting is over: where do we stand after almost one year of EOSC Focus?

Through EOSC Focus, Belnet is deepening its commitment to Open Science and making this more concrete. EOSC stands for European Open Science Cloud. Belnet, through the EOSC Focus project, is an integral part of the EOSC ecosystem and is therefore best placed to inform Belgian knowledge institutions about European developments within EOSC.
25 Apr. 2023

KULeuven received OCRE funding for iCANDID 3.0 SSH FAIR Data Hub project

OCRE is not just a framework contract, it is also a tool offering researchers the opportunity to receive support for their project. Two projects led by Belgian universities have recently won funding. This is notably the case for the iCANDID 3.0 SSH FAIR Data Hub project at KULeuven, led by Leen D’Haenens, in collaboration with Roxanne Weys co-promotor and technical lead.
20 Mar. 2023

Cloud services mitigate data losses in Ukraine

After Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, the demand for virtual machines by URAN’s user organisations, the Ukrainian NREN, grew exponentially driven by the need to prevent data loss from the possible destruction of the physical infrastructure. Numerous universities were able to take advantage of the free cloud services offered by URAN, but the increased demand led to an unforeseen crisis caused by disk storage overload in the NREN’s data centre.
17 Feb. 2023

Belnet renews collaboration agreements with Flemish government and Walloon Region for 15 years

The Flemish government and the Walloon Region recently renewed their collaboration with Belnet. This will allow all recognised Flemish and Walloon universities, colleges and research centres to enjoy high-performance access to the Belnet network at a greatly reduced rate for the next 15 years.
23 May. 2022

Belnet fully committed to international collaboration through participation in GN5 project

The exchange of ideas and expertise with our community is crucial for an organisation like Belnet. Through its active involvement in the GN5 project, Belnet seeks to contribute to the further development of the e-infrastructure for European research and educational institutions.

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