Juniper helps Australian researchers change ground rules for network capacity

Juniper helps Australian researchers change ground rules for network capacity

Australia's next generation network for research and education delivers 30-fold increase in network capacity

Australia’s Academic and Research Network has engaged Juniper Networks to help deliver a 30-fold increase in network capacity to more than one million users across Australia.

The Network has announced the selection of Juniper’s advanced routing and switching networking technology as the foundation for AARNet4 – the country’s next generation network for research and education.

The new routers will deliver 100 Gigabit per second Ethernet (GbE) connections and enable the AARNet4 backbone network to be built up with multiple 100 GbE links—compared to the single 10 GbE speeds of the current network.

Since AARNet’s third-generation network was launched eight years ago, the traffic it carries has more than doubled every two years, driven both by growth in the number of users on the network and an explosion in the size of data sets generated by advanced research applications.

To support the data and network complexity challenges posed by large-scale scientific research, remote-education systems, advanced telemedicine and a plethora of national R&D applications, AARNet4 will deliver a thirty-fold increase in network capacity.

More than one million of Australia’s best researchers, educators and students will be able to make creative use of greater network access, and a wide range of value-added network and cloud-based services.

The goals for AARNet4 are not only to accommodate continued exponential traffic growth - provisioning more bandwidth at less cost - but also to deliver new capabilities, such as virtual private networks (VPNs) between customer sites, virtual private clouds including services from public cloud providers and support for AARNet’s own cloud- based file sharing and Unified Communications products.

These new AARNet4 services are designed to enable cutting-edge research and encourage innovation, particularly in the field of radio astronomy for projects such as the Square Kilometre Array, as well as in the fields of climate modelling, genomics, sensor networks and particle physics.

Juniper Networks vice-president A/NZ, Mark Ablett, said AARNet4 was critical to the advancement of science and research in Austalia.

“By delivering greater network flexibility and capacity, AARNet will be well positioned to accommodate continued exponential data growth, provision more bandwidth at less cost and offer a wide range of value-add network and cloud-based services,” he said.

“Juniper Networks looks forward to continuing its collaboration with AARNet in supporting an innovative future for Australia.”

AARNet chief executive, Chris Hancock, said the new network was changing the ground rules for network capacity.

“This is about navigating the future of networking in Australia and globally,” he said.

“It will also allow AARNet to drive more sophisticated value-added services, leveraging the advanced capabilities of the Juniper Networks platform.”

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