Existing network equipment prevented Poznan Supercomputer and Networking Center from realizing the performance potential of its fiber-optic infrastructure, and made it impossible to meet the goal of offering broadband to all metropolitan area networks (MANs).
Artur Binczewski, Head of the Network Department, PSNC
PSNC operates Poland’s domestic fiber-optic network, PIONIER, as well as the academic metropolitan area network for the city of Poznan, one of the country’s largest cities with a population of 600,000. Of them, 140,000 are students making Poznan a truly academic city.
The goal was to provide scientific institutions all over Poland with access to an innovative and secure network infrastructure. PSNC also wanted to improve research effectiveness and build an “Internet of the future” that would enable Polish institutions to operate internationally.
Having secured an EU-funded grant from the Polish Ministry of Science, PSNC embarked on project NEWMAN, a public effort to procure 500 next-generation routers in support of a national project that would deploy an MPLS IP platform across all 21 MANs and its fiber-optic network.
Juniper Networks won the contract. Its MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers met all of PSNC’s technical requirements, including Layer 2, Layer 3, MPLS, and VPLS functionality tests. It was also the only vendor to pass the interface performance test, while offering by far the best price.