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Internet2 Moving to 100 Gigabit Per Second (100G)

Internet2 accelerates to 100 Gigabit per second networking thanks to new technologies and standards. Internet2 is a high-speed network connecting over 50,000 research and educational facilities.

The official move to 100G networking shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Internet2 first announced its 100G intentions back in 2008. What has changed in the last two years is that 100G networking has moved from becoming just an idea to becoming an implementable reality.

Internet2 will be using equipment from Juniper Networks in order to build out its 100G infrastructure. Luc Ceuppens, said that Internet2 currently has T1600 core routers in service. He add that Internet2 is currently deploying new 100G network on a region-by-region basis and expects to complete deployment in 2013. T1600 is Juniper’s flagship core routing platform. A 100G line card for T1600 was announced by Juniper back in Jun’09.

Internet2’s new 100G enabled network will actually have a total network capacity that dwarfs current systems. Back in 2008, Vietzke told InternetNews.com that Internet2 was running a 100G per second backbone by utilizing ten 10 Gbps waves.


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