As GÉANT CEO Steve Cotter put it, there is no better school than ”the school of hard knocks”. And according to Cotter, the NREN world is taking some hard knocks these days, most of them due to globalisation. And NRENs need to evolve to stay relevant and competitive in this changing NREN landscape.
Being the second keynote speaker at the Wednesday plenary, Steve Cotter highlighted some key trends, among other things the trend of compute, data, and networking coming closer together. Also, there has to be organizational change to improve outreach to NREN customers, more focus on software development and data analytics as one of the new things in the NREN service portfolio.
And last not least, NRENs have act together as a global community, tackling the new challenges as a group.