Internet2 launches 100G-enabled and 8.8 Terabit per second optical network for members

Telecom Lead America: Internet2 has officially launched its 100G-enabled and 8.8 Terabit per second optical network for member institutions.

Internet2’s offerings include: Upgraded Advanced Layer 3 Service will provide capabilities for science, medicine and education to the higher education community and community anchor institutions through partnerships with regional networks and Internet2’s United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) project.

Moreover, the nationwide 100Gbps Software Defined Network offers both production services like the Layer-2 Open Science, Scholarship and Service Exchange in partnership with Indiana University and support of new network innovations through software defined networking support.

Internet2’s members can leverage the new Internet2 Network to deliver Internet2 NET+ Services and keep pace with the growth in Big Data science being driven by the nation’s collaborative researchers in labs and universities.

Internet2 CEO and President H. David Lambert.

“We are excited about officially launching the new capabilities of the nation’s first 100G open, national-scale, software-defined network through massive collaboration with our partners in government and business that will be used by Internet2 members to help solve practical, far-reaching problems that benefit society,” said Internet2 CEO and President H. David Lambert.

Internet2 NET+ Services currently offers 29 cloud services to college campuses nationwide that are cost-effective, easy to access, simple to administer, and tailored to the unique needs of the research and education community.

The network and cloud services enable new solutions for education delivery and provide better-yielding solutions for university business functions – helping higher education institutions remain competitive nationally and globally.

Working with its regional network partners, Internet2’s U.S. UCAN project will utilize the upgraded 100G-enabled Internet2 Network to allow advanced networking features for more than 200,000 of the country’s community anchor institutions, including libraries, hospitals, K-12 schools, community colleges, and public safety organizations.

The network infrastructure will support applications, such as HD and multi-cast video distance learning and telemedicine. The upgraded network was predominately funded through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

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