i2basque deploys 100G Infinera DTN network

June 1, 2010
JUNE 1, 2010 -- i2basque, a publicly financed research and education network in Spain’s Basque region, has selected Infinera for a high-capacity network for scientists and researchers. The i2basque network has links with RedIRIS, the Spanish national research network, and the GEANT network, the pan-European research network.

JUNE 1, 2010 -- i2basque, a publicly financed research and education network in Spain’s Basque region, has selected Infinera (Nasdaq: INFN) for a high-capacity network for scientists and researchers. The i2basque network has links with RedIRIS, the Spanish national research network, and the GEANT network, the pan-European research network.

The i2basque network is managed by the University of the Basque Country and serves more than 60 technology centers in the region, including universities, research institutes, hospitals, and biomedical research centers. i2basque first deployed its network in 2005. i2basque is financed primarily by the Basque regional government.

The Basque region is an autonomous region of Spain.

i2basque decided to deploy 100-Gbps links with Infinera DTN systems. Its aim is to create a robust communication platform to support researchers and e-science networks sharing very large data sets for applications that include Internet analysis, health care, and research projects involving advanced research tools such as the Canary Islands’ Gran Canaria Telescope and the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. Support for the i2basque deployment was provided by system integrator Telindus.

i2basque selected Infinera because the flexibility of the Infinera network is designed to make it quick and easy to deploy any service, from 155 Mbps to 40G, and scale to 100 Gigabit Ethernet in the future, the systems house asserts. Infinera’s bandwidth management and GMPLS-based control plane is engineered to enable the network to automatically configure end-to-end circuits. This acceleartes the delivery of services while reducing the engineering time required, and increases the accuracy and reliability of the provisioning process, Infinera adds.

In addition, the Infinera DTN’s ability to provide digital bandwidth management in an integrated optical DWDM and OTN switching platform is designed to enable the i2Basque network to switch traffic at Layer 1, bypassing intermediate routers at certain points in the network and saving on overall network costs.

“Infinera systems meet our needs perfectly, with powerful network management, high fault tolerance, protection, and reduced power consumption. With Infinera technology, we can manage end-to-end circuits and meet the needs of researchers from all over Europe who are using our network today, and with the next generation of 8-terabit Infinera systems based on 500-Gbps PICs [photonic integrated circuits] we will be able to meet their future needs,” said Josu Aramberri, i2basque network coordinator.

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