Alcatel announced that it has been selected by DANTE, a data infrastructure operator, to deploy a multiservice network to connect major European research centers in the framework of the GÉANT2 (European Research and Education Internet) project.
GÉANT is a pan-European communications network for research and education offering high-performance services to scientists. The GÉANT2 project will further facilitate networking services for researchers by enabling new applications, which range from physics to biotechnologies. Deploying Alcatel’s advanced data aware optical switching and WDM technologies, the network will connect thirty-four countries worldwide, including major European sites in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Denmark, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.
Alcatel’s solution will enable the transformation of GÉANT’s current infrastructure to a converged optical and IP network over a single platform. The addition of a new optical Ethernet network layer will provide direct optical connectivity to the existing IP network and will enhance service performances to support the increasing demand for broadband IP applications in the research and education domain. Supporting a distributed optical GMPLS-based control plane, the Alcatel solution will also offer highly reliable network protection and fast re-routing of traffic in failure conditions, essential for sensitive or research-critical data.
‘We were impressed by the technical proposal offered by Alcatel, their commitment to meet our advanced requirements and the quality of the team that they had assembled for the GEANT 2 proposal’, said Dai Davies, general manager at DANTE. ‘They offered us a cost-effective and technically advanced set of products with a strong and well defined development path to ensure that the GEANT 2 network would remain a network with high level of technical and service innovation.’
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