December 13, 2004 Martinsried/Munich, Germany and Mahwah, NJ -- noris network AG recently deployed ADVA's Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 1500 systems to support a two-ring, Gigabit Ethernet network throughout Germany. The carrier will use the new equipment to transport high-bit-rate Ethernet, data, and voice services quickly and inexpensively via its existing SDH network.
The new redundant network has been in service since November 2004 and connects a large multi-node northern ring (Frankfurt-Dusseldorf-Hannover-Magdeburg-Leipzig-Nuremberg) with another large multi-node southern ring (Munich-Stuttgart-Strasbourg-Frankfurt-Nuremberg). As a result, the Nuremberg-based provider of centralized IT services and outsourcing now offers its customers in Germany a comprehensive infrastructure with multiple 10-, 100-, and 1000-Mbit/sec connections.
noris network AG is a nationwide provider of centralized IT services and outsourcing in Germany. The core business centers on the operation of complex IT hosting and network infrastructures, and Internet access and security products comprise additional parts of the portfolio. Previously, noris network's existing SDH connections had reached full capacity. Customer demands to replicate data and transport it to remote data centers over greater distances, however, continued to grow. noris network needed a solution to both increase network capacity and scale to Gigabit Ethernet speeds.
ADVA's FSP 1500 system was selected primarily because it offers high-performance Ethernet transport with low initial investment and minimal operating expenditures, according to the vendor. Generic Framing Procedure (GFP) technology enables noris network's legacy SDH network to aggregate up to eight 10/100/1000-Mbit/sec Ethernet and Fibre Channel (FC) applications on a combined STM-16 interface.
According to Ingo Kraupa, chairman of noris network AG, "Next year, we plan to set up other locations in Paris, Amsterdam, and London -- with the aim of expanding our existing network to cover all of Europe."