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NORDUnet Selects Ciena to Transform Network

May 22, 2014

NORDUnet, an international collaboration between the Nordic national computer networks for research and education (R&E), is transforming its network to offer high-capacity and resilient network connections to the Nordic National Research and Education Networks (NREN) community.

According to a release, NORDUnet is deploying converged packet optical platforms and software from Ciena, a network specialist, for programmable 100G Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching.

The company reported that this will enable NORDUnet to support demanding applications and high-bandwidth projects; such as bandwidth-on-demand, big data research, analytics and high- definition educational content.

Additionally, with Ciena's platforms, NORDUnet can respond to changing end-user needs and provide on-demand services, such as the spontaneous transfer of terabyte-class files amongst research institutes that are dealing with big data, for applications that support medical research, meteorology and energy research.

This is the first venture under the DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) framework agreement, project PRISM. Ciena has been awarded an eight year term with DANTE, enabling European NRENs to select its technology as they build and deploy next-generation networks. DANTE plans, procures, builds and operates large-scale, high-speed, global R&E networks, including the pan- European GEANT network.

NORDUnet is deploying Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform to maximise bandwidth efficiency and network flexibility. Ciena's OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane and OneControl Unified Management System will provide improved network automation and management capabilities. In addition, Ciena's Network Transformation Solutions (NTS) consultative practice is providing a comprehensive operations and maintenance package designed for NORDUnet's unique requirements.

"Research and education institutions have exceptionally demanding network needs. With Ciena's platforms we can deliver the best possible service experience to our end-customers with the flexibility and agility to quickly react to changing network requirements and to support cross-border collaborations," said Lars Lange Bjorn, Manager Network Planning and Engineering at NORDUnet

"Securing a framework agreement exemplifies Ciena's position as a leading provider to the European NREN community. Ciena's technology combined with its consultative approach, make it a compelling partner to support the demands of R&E services and applications," said Paul Rouse, Procurement Manager at DANTE

"The framework agreement with DANTE gives Europe's NREN community access to our agile and automated network solutions. NORDUnet is making the most of this; it plays a central role in enabling a wide range of projects, each of which has unique requirements that depend on a robust, flexible and cost-effective network. Our packet optical portfolio, software and support provide NORDUnet with a programmable infrastructure designed to deliver an on-demand experience and easily scale to meet future needs," said Virginie Hollebecque, Head of Enterprise and Public Sector for EMEA at Ciena.

DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) is a non-profit organisation established that plans, builds and operates large scale networks for research and education.

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