Our Janet Network is being upgraded to provide world-leading high-capacity 400Gbit/s connectivity, making it one of the most digitally-advanced national research and education networks globally in terms of scale, automation and network intelligence.
Janet, which is already the busiest NREN in Europe by volume of data carried, and is 200,000 times faster than the average home broadband, is now deploying Ciena’s 6500 packet-optical platform powered with WaveLogic Ai coherent optics.
At present, the Janet Network is already operating at 400Gbit/s capacity in places, but using 100Gbit/s technology. The upgrade, which will be in place this summer, will increase the bandwidth of the Janet backbone to as much as 600Gbit/s and will utilise Ciena’s new 400Gbit/s technology.
Jeremy Sharp, network infrastructure director for Jisc, said:
“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.
Working with Ciena, the Janet Network was the first NREN to provide 100GB for users and, as demand has grown, is now the first to provide 400GB. 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.”
In the UK, all further and higher education organisations, including universities, colleges and research centres, are connected to the internet through the Janet Network, along with some alternative education providers, other public bodies and science parks.
Rod Wilson, chief technologist for research networks, Ciena, added:
“We are helping to bring a new paradigm for optical networks by making the network more programmable and responsive to changing user demands, while using less hardware. WaveLogic Ai focuses on delivering considerable digital advantage, financial savings and efficiencies.”