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Meet Brian Schaefer, OSHEAN's Network Analyst.
Brian helps with network operations, analysis, reporting and user support for the OSHEAN network and all of its members. Brian works with providers, vendors, and members directly on installations as well as troubleshooting configurations, circuit and connectivity issues.  Brian also monitors the network performance and trends to assist with identifying bandwidth needs. 


How do OSHEAN members benefit from what Brian does? 


Brian ensures that member issues are prioritized and provides any assistance necessary to ensure that members are getting the best possible support from OSHEAN.  He offers consistent technical support and works closely with the Network Operations Center to give members the support they deserve. 

What are some upcoming events OSHEAN has planned?

OSHEAN is still on target to finish BTOP in the late spring, which is ahead of schedule.  Brian says that going forward OSHEAN will continue to build the optical network to hospitals, universities, community colleges, government agencies, schools and libraries.  


Brian also pointed out that there are a lot of new offerings on the horizon for cloud services.  "We are expanding out from our current resource pool model," Brian says.  "We are working towards offering on-net cloud services for OSHEAN members by utilizing our Beacon 2.0 fiber.  You will definitely want to check back as things become more formalized."


Brian's Background       


Brian graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a BS in Information Science and has been working in the field since 1998.  Brian has experience working with K-12, higher education, and private companies.  He also holds certificates from Microsoft, Compatia, Cisco, Novell, and Apple. 


Out of the Office


Brian and his wife recently had a baby in November, and he enjoys spending as much of his free time as he can with his new family.  Brian enjoys classic cars especially the 1966 mustang he restored, music, the beach, and home-brewing. 

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