October 19, 2005 Cypress, CA -- National LambdaRail (National LambdaRail), a major initiative of U.S. research universities and private sector technology companies, announced that it has completed its nationwide installation of nine Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing Systems. NLR says the equipment allows it to provide its members with an IP network infrastructure that can simultaneously support advanced network research, large-scale scientific projects, and production capabilities.
"Completing this deployment makes it possible for NLR to provide yet another set of unique networking capabilities for the U.S. research community," says Tom West, CEO of NLR. "Thanks to the ongoing, close collaboration with Cisco, we are now able to offer the most cutting-edge, IP-level networking services to support the most demanding requirements of leading scientists."
NLR has deployed a nationwide optical network infrastructure that uses DWDM to provide up to 40 simultaneous light wavelengths, each capable of 10-Gbit/sec transmission. The Cisco CRS-1 routing systems, which feature OC-768c interfaces and a data plane scalable to 92 Tbits/sec, will build on this infrastructure to provide a high-performance, 10-Gbit/sec IP network service. NLR says the infrastructure provides the capability to provision dedicated network resources for production and experimental networks that exist side-by-side yet are physically and operationally separate. Additionally, the CRS-1 platform's system architecture provides a flexible and scalable platform for future growth, according to Cisco.
"Cisco and NLR share a common vision of building a scalable, next-generation IP infrastructure for innovation of advanced applications," comments Tony Bates, senior vice president of Cisco's Carrier, Core, and Multiservice Group. "With this national CRS-1 network now in production, NLR is well on its way to realizing its vision, and Cisco is proud to be a part of it."