Meet all Your Research and Education (R&E) Network Requirements with an Intelligent Transport Network

Research institutions and universities have a wide range of dynamic networking requirements and applications that demand an underlying optical transport network with the flexibility, intelligence and scalability to meet all requirements today, but also in the future. Whether the requirements are national- or regional-scale research collaborations requiring massive data flows between research centers and universities, metro-wide campus interconnects for remote learning and high performance computing or campus-wide networks for administrators, faculty and students to collaborate and share ideas, Infinera has an Intelligent Transport Network solution to meet your R&E requirements.

Reliability, flexibility and resiliency are essential for these R&E networks to deliver the critical research and educational services they underpin. Infinera’s cost-effective Intelligent Transport Networks are simpler and quicker to turn up and manage, yet scalable enough to meet today’s and tomorrow’s multi-service requirements across campus, metro, cloud and national long-haul applications.

Marian Ďurkovič, Network Architect at the Slovak Academic Network (SANET)
Marian Ďurkovič, Network Architect at the Slovak Academic Network (SANET) said, “The backbone of our R&E network was previously built on Ethernet technology with low transmission speeds, causing us challenges in supporting the significant bandwidth demanded by scientific experiments and other academic projects. The Cloud Xpress provided the best transport technology to upgrade our network, with ease of use and scalable bandwidth to deliver 100 Gb/s services and enable future growth up to 8 Tb/s per fiber pair.”

Infinera’s Intelligent Transport Networks are already widely deployed in a number of research networks around the world, including SANET, GÉANT (operated by DANTE), BOREAS and Internet2.

Infinera and DANTE demonstrated a single-card terabit super-channel on the GÉANT network, and as part of this collaboration demonstrated a full range of FlexCoherent® modulation techniques. Also, Infinera and DANTE showcased the fastest provisioned network in the world on the GÉANT backbone in Europe using Infinera’s super-channel technology. Guinness World Records verified the provisioning rate of 26.02 terabits per second (Tb/s) per hour of optical capacity on a live network link between Amsterdam and Hamburg.

R&E networks large and small share many of the same network requirements. Tight budgets require IT solutions that lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for both equipment costs and operational costs. At the same time, these networks must provide simple and efficient scaling with minimal operational support as the network grows, and with minimal disruption to existing services. Security, network agility, accelerated service turn-up and simplified operations are critical for success and for enabling universities and research centers to be responsive to shifting requirements and objectives.

Infinera has pioneered photonic integration technology, which is at the core of Infinera’s intelligent network platforms. Combining hundreds of optical functions on a single monolithically manufactured photonic integrated circuit (PIC), Infinera’s “DWDM system on a chip” architecture significantly reduces network power, space, cooling and fiber coupling requirements, while increasing reliability and density. When PICs are combined with software intelligence, automated control plane operations and multi-layer software-defined networking (SDN) support, a converged and vertically integrated Optical Transport Network (OTN) solution results that delivers the responsiveness and flexibility that R&E networks require.

To meet today’s changing bandwidth demands, R&E network operators need optical transport platforms that simplify operations while accelerating new service turn-up, and all while lowering TCO. This kind of scalability can be achieved with intelligent networks that automate manual operations and with revolutionary technology that fundamentally alters the TCO paradigm. Infinera’s Intelligent Transport Network solutions achieve both of these goals without compromise by integrating best-in-class technology across all its platforms:

  • Future-proof flexible-grid optical line system that supports up to 24 Tb/s per fiber.
  • Multi-layer optical, OTN, and packet switching that enable bandwidth optimization at the most efficient layer and lowest cost.
  • PICs that economically deliver up to five 100 gigabits per second (Gb/s) waves on a single PIC pair, eliminating more than 600 discrete optical components and 250 fiber connections. PICs bring Moore’s Law to transport and offer the only scalable solution for the Terabit Era.
  • Xceed Software Suite that enables multi-layer network optimization with standards-based SDN controllers.
  • Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) control plane that fully automates inventory collection, topology discovery and end-to-end service provisioning across the entire network. GMPLS also enables shared mesh protection with sub-50 millisecond switching for higher reliability at lower cost.
  • Integrated digital switching that provides sub-lambda grooming and lambda/super-lambda switching at every node in the network. Compared with all-optical switching systems, integrated digital bandwidth management virtually eliminates stranded bandwidth and enables rapid turn-up of any service at any node at any time.
  • Packet switching modules that simplify edge aggregation and lower transport costs.
  • A full suite of Carrier Ethernet 2.0-certified transport and aggregation modules, including customer-premises equipment for end-to-end campus solutions.
  • One-time network engineering that enables subsequent in-service bandwidth growth with no additional optical layer engineering. Automated, dynamic optical layer balancing continuously ensures optimal performance.
  • Intelligent OTN transport networking that provides 4R performance at every node (reshape, regenerate, retime and re-FEC [forward error correct]) as well as digital performance monitoring for rapid fault diagnosis and isolation.
  • Comprehensive network management system that operates across all Infinera platforms for seamless end-to-end service provisioning and network monitoring.