Internet2 utilizes Brocade MLXe Core Routers for America’s first 100 Gigabit Ethernet network

Telecom Lead America: Internet2 is utilizing Brocade MLXe Core Routers for America’s first 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network.

The new network is built to support advanced services and cloud applications for member organizations, primarily in the education and research communities.

The Brocade MLXe 100 GbE routers enable programmatic control of the network infrastructure to deliver intelligent service delivery capabilities.

Moreover, the Brocade MLXe routers enable customers to simultaneously deploy traditional Layer 2/3 forwarding with OpenFlow at up to wire-speed 100 GbE performance. This capability enables network operators such as Internet2 to integrate OpenFlow into existing networks.

“Networking infrastructure is being transformed by SDN into an open platform for innovation. We are excited that Brocade 100 GbE and true Hybrid-Mode OpenFlow technologies are part of the new Internet2 Network. By working with Internet2 and its members, Brocade will build upon its pioneering work on high-speed software-defined networks,” said Ken Cheng, vice president of the Routing, Application Delivery and Software Networking Group at Brocade.

Internet2 Network connects America’s colleges and universities to research and education collaborators worldwide. The newly upgraded 100 GbE-enabled and 8.8 Terabit per second (Tbps) optical network will allow member institutions to keep pace with the exponential growth in Big Data scientific research being driven by the nation’s collaborative researchers in labs and universities.

The Internet2 Network enables advanced networking features for more than 200,000 of the country’s essential community anchor institutions, including libraries, hospitals, K-12 schools, community colleges and public safety organizations as part of its United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) project.

Internet2 has more than 350 member institutions, including colleges and universities, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

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