Alexander van den Hil
Alexander van den Hil is product manager for SURFnet's national and international network services. This includes SURFinternet, SURFlightpaths and NetherLight, SURFnet's open lightpath exchange for global R&E and commercial traffic. As such he is responsible for outlining the service portfolio of the SURFnet network. He is also international relations manager at SURFnet.
Alexander studied information technology and information management at the University for Applied Sciences in The Hague. He started his career at the technical university of Eindhoven where he managed the tele- and datacommunications team. He has experience over many years in the management of networking for research and education.
Abstract: "SURFnet: Network Services and International Collaboration"
SURFnet's mission is to boost the quality of higher education and research through the support, innovation, development and operation of an advanced and interconnected ICT infrastructure, enabling the potential of ICT to its full extent. In this way SURFnet is working to create a connected world in which simple and reliable tools are available to ensure universal connectivity and access.
SURFnet7 is the latest SURFnet network generation, and offers new connectivity features such as the Multi Service Port (MSP). MSPs allow users to connect to the SURFnet7 network in new ways. They can be simultaneously connected to multiple network services such as lightpaths. New lightpaths can also be added to an MSP very easily. SURFnet has developed software to allow users to setup lightpaths independently
SURFnet7 is available in locations in the Netherlands and its neighboring countries via an 11,000-km fiber optic network. Connections between the core locations around the country are illuminated using SURFnet’s optical equipment. This equipment allows the fibers to be illuminated at different wavelengths.
NetherLight is SURFnet’s open lightpath exchange: Any party can join and link up with an unlimited number of connected other parties. NetherLight brings cloud services over lightpaths, which in turn enable collaboration with parties outside the campus network without loosing control. Research universities and universities of applied sciences that have a Multi Service Port on SURFnet7 can use the available bandwidth to easily set up a light path to parties on NetherLight and to each other.
NetherLight also has excellent access to networks outside the Netherlands. SURFnet GEANT and other National Research and Education Networks have international network connections to NetherLight that can be used for applications in their respective fields. Cities around the world, including Chicago, New York, London, Geneva, Prague, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Moscow, Thuwal, Taipei, Doha and Seoul, are connected to NetherLight. NetherLight is therefore part of the Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF). Numerous international destinations can be reached through this global collaboration, which comprises network connections and open exchanges. 
To keep NRENs well-connected SURFnet collaborates closely with other NREN at individual, GEANT or global scale. One of the example projects is titled the “Advanced North Atlantic 100G” or ANA-100G. The goal is to stimulate the market for 100 Gbps intercontinental networking and to advance global networks and applications to benefit research and education.