Tuesday, 25 July 2017

NORDUnet transforms network with Ciena

Ciena
Tuesday 20 May 14

NORDUnet, an international collaboration between the Nordic national computer networks for research and education (R&E), is transforming its network to offer flexible, high-capacity and resilient network connections to the Nordic National Research and Education Networks (NREN) community. NORDUnet is deploying converged packet optical platforms and software from Ciena®, the network specialist, for programmable 100G Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching…

NORDUnet, an international collaboration between the Nordic national computer networks for research and education (R&E), is transforming its network to offer flexible, high-capacity and resilient network connections to the Nordic National Research and Education Networks (NREN) community. NORDUnet is deploying converged packet optical platforms and software from Ciena®, the network specialist, for programmable 100G Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching.

This will enable NORDUnet to support demanding applications and high-bandwidth projects; such as bandwidth-on-demand, big data research, analytics and high-definition educational content.

Key Facts:
• NORDUnet operates an optical transmission system throughout Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Germany, Holland and the UK. With Ciena’s platforms, NORDUnet can respond rapidly to changing end-user needs and provide on-demand services, such as the spontaneous transfer of terabyte-class files amongst research institutes that are dealing with big data, for applications that support medical research, meteorology and energy research.
• This is the first venture under the DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) framework agreement, project PRISM. Ciena has been awarded an eight year term with DANTE, enabling European NRENs to select its technology as they build and deploy next-generation networks. DANTE plans, procures, builds and operates large-scale, advanced high-speed, global R&E networks, including the pan-European GÉANT network.
• NORDUnet is deploying Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform to maximise bandwidth efficiency and network flexibility. Ciena's OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane and OneControl Unified Management System will provide improved network automation and management capabilities. In addition, Ciena’s Network Transformation Solutions (NTS) consultative practice is providing a comprehensive operations and maintenance package designed for NORDUnet’s unique requirements.

Executive Comments:

• “Research and education institutions have exceptionally demanding network needs. With Ciena’s platforms we can deliver the best possible service experience to our end-customers with the flexibility and agility to quickly react to changing network requirements and to support cross-border collaborations.”
– Lars Lange Bjørn, Manager Network Planning and Engineering at NORDUnet
• “Securing a framework agreement exemplifies Ciena’s position as a leading provider to the European NREN community. Ciena’s technology combined with its consultative approach, make it a compelling partner to support the demands of R&E services and applications.”
– Paul Rouse, Procurement Manager at DANTE
• “The framework agreement with DANTE gives Europe’s NREN community access to our agile and automated network solutions. NORDUnet is making the most of this; it plays a central role in enabling a wide range of projects, each of which has unique requirements that depend on a robust, flexible and cost-effective network. Our packet optical portfolio, software and support provide NORDUnet with a programmable infrastructure designed to deliver an on-demand experience and easily scale to meet future needs.”
– Virginie Hollebecque, Head of Enterprise and Public Sector for EMEA at Ciena


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