GÉANT to Deploy Infinera Packet Optical SDN Solution for Network Optimization

Created June 20, 2016
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Infinera has announced that GÉANT will deploy Infinera’s programmable and open packet optical software-defined networking (SDN) solution integrated with GÉANT’s ONOS-based controller. GÉANT recently validated the solution and will now move forward with plans for a network-wide deployment that will optimize its multi-layer network and enable efficient delivery of very high-bandwidth connectivity for data intensive research.

GÉANT is Europe’s leading collaboration on network and related infrastructure and services for the benefit of research and education, and operator of the pan-European GÉANT network. Together with its National Research and Education Network (NREN) partners, the GÉANT network connects over 50 million users at 10,000 institutions across Europe, supporting research in areas such as energy, the environment, space and medicine. It has been a vital element of Europe’s e-infrastructure, providing the high speed connectivity needed to share, access and process massive volumes of data: data which is essential to the study of particle physics, bio-informatics, the advancing of medicine or simply enabling arts performers in different continents to perform together in near real-time.

“Infinera’s packet optical SDN solution offers an effective approach to optimize the GÉANT network and efficiently and optimally handle large traffic flows,” said Mark Johnston, Chief Network Operations Officer at GÉANT. “We look forward to realizing the expected efficiencies and operational benefits of this solution, and continuing our excellent collaborative work with Infinera on future SDN applications.”

“We are delighted to work with GÉANT to deliver real-world, deployable SDN solutions that create tangible value,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, EMEA at Infinera. “This is just one example illustrating the strong partnership between our organizations, and we are excited about working with GÉANT to deliver future innovations.”

By Per Danielsen

GÉANT to Deploy Infinera Packet Optical SDN Solution for Network Optimization


This article was written
by Per Danielsen

Per has 35 years of experience in optical communications and is now working freelance writing about optical communications and other telecom related topics. He also serves as chairman of the ECOC Market Focus program committee.