Ciena’s 100G platform enables better connectivity to Utah University

Infotech Lead America: The Utah Education Network (UEN) and the University of Utah have deployed Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform.

The UEN and the Utah University will benefit from the 100G deployment as it is equipped with Ciena’s WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors, to provide connectivity between the University, its new downtown Salt Lake City data center and to UEN member organizations.

The new Ciena-powered metro optical network will support the University’s diverse research portfolio, which requires robust scientific computing and visualization capabilities in the areas of biomedicine, genomics, geophysics, combustion, molecular dynamics, fluid dynamics and climate modeling.

Ciena’s technology will provide optical transport to support UEN. UEN operates K-12 educational schools, Head Start organizations, higher education institutions and public libraries statewide. UEN facilitates interactive video and web conferencing, provides instructional support services, and operates a public television station (KUEN) on behalf of the Utah State Board of Regents.

The University of Utah’s new metro optical network will connect the University to its Salt Lake City data center at speeds that will scale from 10Gb/s to 100Gb/s and beyond.

The University will now be able to meet the connectivity requirements of both research and general data traffic of the University, as well as UEN-connected institutions, on a converged network. Extensions of the network to Provo and Logan are underway, so that the network can serve Brigham Young University and Utah State University.

Ciena has to date shipped over 20,000 coherent 40G/100G line interfaces to more than 100 customers across the globe, with over 20 million coherent kilometres deployed worldwide. Ciena powers several of the world’s largest research network, including Internet2 (US), ESnet (US), SURFnet (Netherlands), RENATER (France), CANARIE (Canada) and JANET (UK).

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