TNC21 BOF: Public procurement of networking equipment in the R&E community

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This BoF will explore the GEANT framework for public procurement of optical networking equipment. It is targeted at NREN procurement specialists and network engineers who are building new optical network infrastructure. While the framework has been in place for a couple of years and has been successfully used by many NRENs, challenges still exist when applying procurement frameworks to individual NREN needs. This BoF will include GEANT speakers who will explain the framework and how GEANT used it to achieve our network build. The BoF will also include presentations from CESNET and UNINETT on how they have recently made use of the framework.

Kurosh Bozorgebrahimi
    • 1:00 PM 1:15 PM
      Intro to GEANT OLS framework 15m

      Phil Matthews (GEANT) to discuss GEANT framework for Optical/DWDM equipment. (15 minutes)

    • 1:15 PM 1:30 PM
      Technical choices in selecting an OLS vendor 15m

      Guy Roberts (GEANT) to talk about the technical part of the Optical Line System tender and the choices made by GEANT (15 min)

    • 1:30 PM 1:40 PM
      CESNET use of GEANT framework 10m

      Josef Vojtech (CESNET) to discuss their experiences of purchasing using the GEANT framework (10 min)

    • 1:40 PM 2:00 PM
      UNINETT experience with using OLS framework 20m

      Kurosh Bozorgebrahimi to discuss the UNINETT experience with using the GEANT OLS framework. (20 min)

    • 2:00 PM 2:30 PM
      Panel discussion 30m

      Panel discussion (30 min)