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 Joe Taylor as Treasurer of the Idaho Regional Optical Network. Joe is Chief Information Officer for BYU-Idaho where an expanding on-line program is providing opportunities to use technology as a vehicle for education across the world.

Joe began his professional career at the Thiokol Corporation, a leading developer of solid rocket propulsion systems including those used by NASA on the Space Shuttle. At Thiokol, he played a key role in the management and development of the Computer Integrated Enterprise Initiative, which required the use of multiple computing and data platforms to integrate the company’s design, manufacturing, safety and quality control functions into a seamless whole.

After Thiokol, Joe spent 20 years at the University of Utah as Executive Director of IT University Support Services. He was responsible for all planning, design, development, deployment, and maintenance of administrative information systems for the University. In addition he was responsible for data management, governance, and administration for the University campus, IT project and portfolio management, and vendor and contract management for University IT.

Joe became CIO at BYU-Idaho in January 2014 where he reports to the University President on all IT related issues at Idaho’s largest private university. BYU-Idaho offers 10 online bachelor’s degrees and 4 online associate degrees through a portfolio of over 100 online courses distributed around the world.

Joe Taylor has a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Economics from the University of Utah and an MBA and Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Boston University.

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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