In The News...

  • IRON completes statewide backbone upgrade to 10 Gbps with completion of new, diverse 10 Gbps segments linking Boise, Salt Lake City, Pocatello, and Idaho Falls (Sept. 2014)
  • IRON creates a new Point of Presence in Twin Falls on the College of Southern Idaho campus (Sept. 2014)
  • IRON lights DWDM metro fiber ring to serve Associate sites in Idaho Falls including INL, CAES, U of I, ISU, EITC and BYI-I (Aug. 2014)
  • IRON establishes diverse wireless connectivity between Lewiston, ID and Moscow, ID (Spring 2014)
  • IRON connects the University of Idaho's agricultural research site in Carmen, ID (Spring 2014)
  • IRON establishes new fiber backbone path between City of Moscow, ID and core routing POP in Pullman, WA (Spring 2014)
  • Northwest Nazarene University expands broadband access to students, faculty and staff (Feb. 2014)
  • Grid Game competition is unveiled at Resilience Week 2014 (June 2014)


From The President


As I assume the responsibility of President and CEO of IRON, I am pleased to report that in October 2014, IRON celebrated its sixth year of operation. Coincidentally, we also completed an upgrade to the network backbone which provides for statewide, 10 Gbps connectivity between Coeur d'Alene, Pullman/Moscow, Clarkston/Lewiston, Boise, Pocatello, and Idaho Falls, in addition to interstate links into Salt Lake City and Spokane. This was made possible by a grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation and those who support IRON. With this substantial increase in bandwidth and connectivity, IRON's ability to enable collaboration in many new and exciting research projects with our Charter Associates will be materially enhanced, our end-users access to the internet will be accelerated, and IRON's expansion into distance education services had been made possible, with many new services being provisioned and made available to our Associates and their end-users. IRON is a proven facilitator of advanced network capability and stability in our state and region. I look forward to continuing this tradition while working with the IRON team to bring more bandwidth to more Idaho communities.

 Howard Grimes
 Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Idaho State University
 IRON President and CEO for 2014-2015


IRON is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Guryan to the newly created position of Distance Education Coordinator.

Michael will directly support the objectives of the J. A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, through a $3.06 million grant awarded to IRON in May of 2012. The J. A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, and IRON, are committed to attracting new educators to Idaho, retaining students in Idaho, providing the basis for a well-educated workforce for the state, and creating a better overall environment for students, teachers and administrators throughout the state.

Michael will work with IRON's community of higher education, students, teachers, researchers, and Community Anchor Institutions (CAI's) to meet the goals of the grant 'to enhance our ability to provide a highly-reliable, cost-effective system for housing, accessing, and delivering Distance Learning content to and from all interested education entities throughout the state and the region.'

According to Stacey Carson, President of IRON, "Michael's significant experience in IT management, most recently in revamping the Idaho State Network (ISN), will give our Associates new and expanded capabilities as we build services on the maturing Idaho Regional Optical Network".

Prior to joining IRON, Mr. Guryan was the Enterprise IT Infrastructure Manager for the State of Idaho.


IRON continues partnership with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to support education in Resilient Control Systems and Cybersecurity

Our standard of living is dependent on complex industrial control systems. Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has pioneered the development of "resilient" control systems that are more resistant to interruption from natural or man-made disasters. Complex control systems with enhanced resilience maintain safe levels of operations in response to natural disasters or man-made, malicious threats.

The challenge for the next generation of researchers is to address our need for robust and adaptable systems. IRON is partnering with INL, University of Idaho, Boise State University and Idaho State University to produce a distance learning course in resilient control systems. Other contributors and participants from around the region are engaged in this "first of" course held in the United States. Comprehensive perspectives on power system operation and the impacts of their failure from security compromise and human error are presented through a combination of lectures and interactive video sessions that include real world equipment and scenarios.

Promising research solutions will preface a mentored project for college students to propose their own unique resilience strategies.

Idaho Regional Optical Network



What is IRON?

Chartered in late 2007, IRON, Inc. is a cooperative effort between universities located in the Northwest region of the United States, the State of Idaho, the Idaho Hospital Association, and the INL (Idaho National Laboratory) to establish a high-performance Regional Optical Network (RON) within the State of Idaho. The first IRON Board of Directors meeting among Charter Associates was conducted on January 31, 2008 where goals were defined and a charter was adopted. Since that time, significant interest has developed from surrounding states which recognize Boise is a strategically located Pacific Northwest and Intermountain interconnect site.

Additional objectives of IRON include enabling research, education, healthcare, and other institutions to collaborate effectively with other counterparts in Idaho, as well as nationally and internationally. IRON will also become Idaho's voice to other regional optical networks in the West, Northwest, and Midwest.

Advantages and benefits of establishing a high-performance computing network within Idaho include improving technological access throughout the state as well as support for large scale research. IRON will also support the continued strengthening of Idaho's economy as the backbone for a solid computing infrastructure.


Battelle CIO Briefing 08/20/2010 (PDF)

Update to the Idaho Hospital Association 06/25/2010 (PDF)

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