OCTOBER 1, 2007 -- BELNET, Juniper Networks Inc. (search for Juniper Networks), and its partner Telindus, part of the Belgacom Group, today announced that BELNET plans to build its next-generation research network based upon Juniper Networks' T1600 Core Routers and M-series Multiservice Edge Routers. The high-performance Juniper infrastructure, to be installed and maintained by Telindus, will enable BELNET to deliver a range of high-speed, flexible IP-based services to universities, research centers, and government agencies across Belgium.
"The new BELNET research network is designed to ensure we continue to meet customer demand for bandwidth-intensive, mission-critical services, which enable numerous national and international research and academic projects to flourish," explains Jan Torreele, CTO at BELNET. "Juniper's single-image approach to JUNOS will enable us to introduce multi-terabit performance with the T1600 without back-tracking on previous investment in other Juniper platforms. Complemented by Telindus' deployment expertise, Juniper's best-in-class technology will enable BELNET to meet our reliability, performance and functionality goals and protect our long-term investment," adds Torreele.
BELNET plans to deploy the T1600s throughout its core network and M120s at access points of presence throughout Belgium. Because both platforms will run a single, consistent JUNOS image, BELNET will be able to support advanced services and applicationsâ��such as IPv4 and IPv6 inter-working, multicasting and MPLS VPNsâ��with consistent performance from edge to core, say Juniper representatives.
Capable of delivering 1.6 Tbits/sec of throughput in a single half-rack chassis, the service-aware T1600 core router delivers more than twice the density of competitive platforms, claims Juniper. According to the company, the T1600 is also the industry's most energy efficient core router, consuming 30% less power and requiring 30% less cooling than competitive platforms, which reduces total cost of ownership. The T1600 core router is expected to be generally available for deployment in the current quarter (Q407).
The M120 Multiservice Edge Router is the newest addition to the Juniper Networks M-series product family. The M120 delivers support for 128 Gigabit Ethernet subscriber ports, with 10 Gigabit Ethernet or OC-192 uplink capability in an affordable, compact form factor, say Juniper representatives. Ideal for supporting high-bandwidth converged edge routing applications, the M120 platform is designed to facilitate service aggregation for the multiplay needs of service providers and enterprise users.
"The Belgian academic and research communities and governmental agencies served by BELNET rely on high-performance networking for the rapid exchange of ideas and information," notes Gert-Jan Schenk, senior vice president of operations for EMEA, Juniper Networks. "By committing its core networking to the Juniper Networks T1600, once deployed, BELNET will be able to leverage unrivalled performance, industry-leading capacity and future-proof scalability, and will be able to meet the needs of its customers for many years to come."