Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Internet2 Readies its 100G Ethernet Research Network

Internet2 is ready to begin deploying its new, nationwide 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) network to meet the current and future needs of the U.S. research and higher education community. The network will leverage Juniper's T1600 Core Routers, equipped with their 100 GigE interface cards, across the entire backbone.

In the coming weeks, Internet2 will announce a 100 GigE optical transport equipment provider partner and will begin deployment on a region-by-region basis. Internet2 expects to complete deployment of this new network in 2013.

In support of the rollout, Internet2 was recently awarded a federal stimulus grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

"Internet2 plays an important role in connecting community anchor institutions around the nation to advance research and education and to encourage the adoption of next-generation Internet applications," said Rob Vietzke, Internet2 executive director of network services. "This can only be achieved through a robust network that can support high-bandwidth applications in large-scale scientific research, as well as telemedicine, public safety and distance education. As we build the first 100 Gig research network, our partnership with Juniper Networks is critical to delivering on this promise."http://www.internet2.edu

  • In August, Juniper Networks announced a $2.5 million cash donation to Internet2 in support of the development of a new, nationwide 100 Gbps network serving U.S. community institutions.

    Internet2, with partners National LambdaRail, Northern Tier Network Consortium and Indiana University, were recently awarded a federal stimulus grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to create a nationwide high-capacity network that will enable advanced networking features for more than 200,000 essential community anchor institutions.

    Juniper noted that it has been an Internet2 corporate partner and a principal provider of IP networking equipment to Internet2's national backbone since 2002.

  • In July, Internet2 appointed H. David (Dave) Lambert as its new president and CEO, replacing Douglas Van Houweling. Lambert previously served as the Vice President for Information Services and Chief Information Officer at Georgetown University. He is a founding member of the Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX), a regional advanced Internet consortium, which provides critical connectivity for the research and education community and for many government agencies in the Greater Washington D.C. region.

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