To enhance optical network with support for full photonic flexibility
Ciena, a network service provider has signed an agreement with SURFnet, an organisation that runs the research and education network of the Netherlands, to enhance its optical network, including support for full photonic flexibility and the deployment of 100Gbps on international links connecting the Netherlands to research communities like CERN in Switzerland.
The upgrade project is based on Ciena’s ActivFlex 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic coherent optical processors and ActivSpan Common Photonic Layer. The project will create a high-capacity and fully agile next-gen network with ROADM functionality, said the company.
The ActivFlex 6500 platform delivers a total throughput of up to 8.8Tbps on a single fiber pair. It supports both coherent 40G and 100G transmission, allowing SURFnet to gradually scale its network as requirements change, the company said.
In addition, ActivFlex 6500 platform combined with Ciena’s ActivSpan Common Photonic Layer, the offering supports ROADM functionality throughout the network, enabling SURFnet to add or drop wavelengths at any point in the network via remote configuration and providing full agility.
SURFnet supports more than one million education and research users across the Netherlands. Its existing mixed 10G/40G optical backbone – built by Ciena – is an advanced networks, which enables a collaborative environment for the Dutch research and education community and its peers worldwide.
SURFnet network services head Bram Peeters said networks are critical to supporting today’s e-Science applications. Advanced research requires collaboration within and across national borders and routinely involves petabytes of data being transferred between different facilities for analysis.
"The agreement with Ciena enables SURFnet to continue offering a large-scale, flexible and high-capacity network. This allows the research and education community to achieve scientific breakthroughs by facilitating innovative experiments in life-changing fields from applied physics to medical research," Peeters said.
"Further upgrades of the network’s photonic capabilities will provide the bandwidth and flexibility required to support such activities and meet the requirements of the next phase of our GigaPort 3 project – called SURFnet7 – cementing the way for a new Ethernet layer."