Australia's Academic And Research Network Advances Science, Education And R&D With Juniper Networks
AARNet4 Will Deliver a 30-fold Increase in Network Capacity to Over One Million Users
- Juniper Networks® MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers were selected to support the faster speeds and 30-fold increase in network capacity required by AARNet4. The new routers will deliver 100 Gigabit per second Ethernet (GbE) connections and enable the AARNet4 backbone network to be built up with multiple 100 GbE links - compared to the single 10 GbE speeds of the current network.
- Juniper’s MX Series routers will also give AARNet4 much lower network latency, a key element in making data-intensive cloud-based services as responsive as those hosted on campus.
- In support of the network flexibility and security required to deliver new VPN services between customer sites and virtual private clouds, AARNet4 will leverage the capabilities of the Juniper routers and Junos® Operating System to implement Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), which improves network resiliency, enables far more granular network traffic control and supports VPNs. These include Virtual Private LAN Services that can be used to establish secure shared Ethernet between research sites, capable of carrying multiple types of network traffic, and more flexible Layer 3 VPNs which are used to establish secure IP connections between end-users and remote campus resources.
- AARNet has completed a program of expanding and upgrading its fibre optic cable network across Australia to support native 100Gbps wavelengths. The next stage, starting in November, is to deploy Juniper Networks MX Series routers at its existing points-of-presence (PoPs) and then to establish many new ones and making it much easier for organizations involved in research and education to link to the network.
- AARNet is also sourcing a new generation of customer premises equipment in the form of Juniper Networks EX4550 Ethernet Switches, which will be deployed at hundreds of education and research sites around the country. The EX4550 switches complement the expansion of AARNet’s backbone network capacity by providing multiple 1GbE and 10 GbE access ports, combined with the ability to connect to the PoPs using up to four 40 GbE uplinks.
- In addition, AARNet’s new infrastructure will fully support Juniper Networks software-defined networking architecture, which can be used to automate the creation of highly-scalable virtual networks. These will help AARNet and its customers harness the power of the cloud for new services, increased organizational agility, and revenue growth.
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- Other Juniper Networks research and education deployments: Internet2; HEAnet; GÉANT; CERNET; Brookhaven National Laboratory