Jisc Delivers World’s First 400G National Research and Education Network with Ciena

Created February 9, 2018
WaveLogic Ai technology to power network serving more than 18 million Jisc users.Applications and Research

WaveLogic Ai technology to power network serving more than 18 million Jisc users.

Jisc, which operates the busiest National Research and Education Network (NREN) in Europe by volume of data carried, is deploying Ciena’s 6500 packet-optical platform powered by WaveLogic Ai coherent optics to provide unprecedented high-capacity 400G wavelength connectivity. The deployment makes the Janet Network one of the most digitally-advanced NRENs globally in terms of scale, automation and network intelligence.

“Our vision is for the UK to be at the forefront of scientific research. To make that happen, we must have a highly robust network powered with industry-leading technology that can scale to support bandwidth-intensive applications like genome editing and The Square Kilometre Array,” said Jeremy Sharp, Network Infrastructure Director, Jisc.

“Working with Ciena, the Janet Network was the first NREN to provide 100G for users and, as demand has grown, is now the first to provide 400G. WaveLogic Ai enables us to operate efficiently and accurately engineer the network for optimal capacity to manage massive flows from new data-intensive research activities,” Sharp added.

Academic institutions
In the UK, all further and higher education organisations, including universities, colleges and research centres, are connected to the world by virtue of the internet through the Janet Network, along with some alternative education providers, other public bodies and science parks. Jisc is also responsible for all .ac.uk and .gov.uk domains.

“We are helping bring a new paradigm for optical networks by making the network more programmable and responsive to changing user demands while using less hardware,” said Rod Wilson, Chief Technologist for Research Networks, Ciena. “WaveLogic Ai focuses on delivering considerable digital advantage, financial savings and efficiencies.”

Antony Savvas

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by Antony Savvas

Freelance journalist Antony Savvas has been a technology ‎writer for almost 30 years and has worked across the IT sector's major magazines and websites. He was Computer Weekly's first ever networks and telecoms editor in the late1990s as the computing, mobile and networking industries converged. Antony also undertakes corporate writing assignments for the world's biggest technology companies.