#OneNetChampions: James Deaton
Great Plains Network
How long have you worked for your organization?
Describe what you do on an everyday basis.
I have the pleasure of working with universities and state networks across nine states in the Great Plains region. Together we address a wide variety of research cyberinfrastructure needs across the region—connecting to national research networks, establishing new research computing facilities and providing communities of interest for dozens of universities.
How long has your organization been a OneNet partner?
GPN’s origin was linked with the research and education networks of each of the states within the region. GPN has been a OneNet partner since its inception with OneNet leadership serving in GPN’s governance since 1998. In fact, since 2020, OneNet has provided the network operations center services for the GPN infrastructure.
How does high-speed internet help the communities you serve?
High-speed networking is the core need of the communities GPN serves. GPN’s primary members are the research universities across nine states. OneNet’s leadership in establishing internet peering and exchanges not only helps Oklahoma but provides resources to the other eight states.
Why are you a OneNet champion?
For those that know me, I spent over two decades with OneNet and have seen first-hand the incredible impact the organization has had on community anchor institutions both within Oklahoma and across the borders. OneNet remains dedicated to being a part of the success of all its members, addressing networking, computing and data resilience needs of many Oklahoma institutions. I can’t help but be a OneNet champion.
What would you tell others about OneNet?
Whether you’re a part of the OneNet community or not, you’ll find that the people of OneNet are the brightest and most helpful you’ll find. If you have a technology-related need, they’ll help you find the right solution.
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