EaP Connect training boosts AzScienceNet network service capabilities for research

  • Date: 11/12/19
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Staff at the Azeri research network AzScienceNet have received training under the EU-funded EaPConnect project, boosting their ability to integrate the local scientific community with their peers in Europe.

Since the series of trainings in October, which focused on the operation and configuration of network equipment, AzScienceNet has been able to increase the speed of its broadband Internet access, therefore improving its network service.

The training was delivered by Marc Levin, a certified instructor with Juniper Networks, and focused on ‘Junos Enterprise Switching’, ‘Introduction to the Junos Operating System’ and ‘Junos Intermediate Routing’. The events were conducted by the MUK Azerbaijan training centre on 7-15 October.

“Although the AzScienceNet team had good experience of installing, configuring and troubleshooting network equipment, we still needed this specialised course because the working logic and configuring style of Juniper equipment is different from other network equipment we were using. Since this training we have been able to utilise and take advantage of all the device functions and specs,” says Tural Mustafayev, administrator of the Data Centre at AzScienceNet.

AzScienceNet staff who completed this training acquired knowledge in using Juniper equipment in corporate and carrier networks, boosting their technical and practical knowledge. The training has allowed AzScienceNet to increase the speed of its broadband Internet access, further enabling the integration of the Azerbaijani scientific community into European science, and offering more affordable and better quality access to the services of GÉANT, the pan-European research and education networking association. 

“Thanks to GÉANT and the EaPConnect project for making this possible,” said Babak Nabiyev, Head of International Relations at AzScienceNet.

The EaPConnect project aims to create a regional research and education network in the EU’s Eastern Partner countries namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The overall objective is to decrease the digital divide, improve intra-regional connectivity and facilitate the participation of local scientists, students and academics in global research and education collaborations.

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