DANTE scales pan-European network with Juniper Networks' T1600

MAY 12, 2008 -- The upgrade will center on Juniper Networks' T1600 core routers, the newest addition to Juniper Networks T-series family, and will enable DANTE to deliver a range of high-capacity services based on the latest IPv6 and 40-Gbit/sec technologies over the G�ANT2 infrastructure.

MAY 12, 2008 -- DANTE (search for DANTE), an international research and education network provider, and Juniper Networks Inc. (search for Juniper Networks) today announced that DANTE is upgrading the core G�ANT2 infrastructure. This will create a next-generation network that will enable fast, reliable, and secure communications between universities and research facilities via the National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), say the companies.
 
The upgrade will center on Juniper Networks' T1600 core routers, the newest addition to Juniper Networks T-series family, and will enable DANTE to deliver a range of new, high-capacity services based on the latest IPv6 and 40-Gbit/sec technologies. The network is being deployed by Imtech Telecom Global, a Juniper Networks Elite partner.
 
DANTE is responsible for the pan-European G�ANT2 network that interconnects National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) across the continent. With over 30 million users in 34 countries, G�ANT2 offers unrivalled geographical coverage, high-bandwidth, innovative hybrid networking technology, and a range of user-focused services, making it one of the most advanced international networks in the world, say DANTE representatives. Together with the NRENs it connects, G�ANT2 has links totaling more than 50,000 km in length, and its extensive geographical reach interconnects networks in other world regions to enable global research collaboration.
 
"There are suppliers and then there are suppliers who deliver what they promise," notes Dai Davies, general manager of DANTE. "Juniper is firmly in the latter category. The new T1600 offers us new functions and performance, and it will change the way we build and operate the G�ANT2 network, allowing us to provide the fundamental infrastructure and services to Europe's research and education community."
 
Currently deployed in the G�ANT2 network are the Juniper Networks T640 and M120 routers, which run the same JUNOS software that powers the T1600. The inherent security and stability of JUNOS software, combined with its modular architecture and single-source code, provides a proven foundation for delivering leading performance, reliability, security, and scale with attractive total cost of ownership, Juniper Networks says.
 
"The T1600 will provide DANTE with a non-disruptive and cost-effective upgrade to scale the T640 to support the stringent requirements of the international research and education environment," adds Gert-Jan Schenk, senior vice-president of operations, EMEA, Juniper Networks. "DANTE's decision to upgrade to T1600s with JUNOS software underscores the value of Juniper's unique, seamless upgrade strategy that protects customers' investments as they scale their networks to support the demands of high-performance services and applications."


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