AUSTRALIA’S ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH NETWORK ADVANCES SCIENCE, EDUCATION AND R&D WITH JUNIPER NETWORKS
AARNet4 Will Deliver a 30-fold Increase in Network Capacity to Over One Million Users
SYDNEY, Australia, Nov. 26, 2013 – Juniper Networks, the industry leader in network innovation, and Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) today announced the selection of Juniper’s advanced routing and switching networking technology as the foundation for AARNet4, the country’s next-generation network for research and education.
Since AARNet’s third-generation network was launched eight years ago, the traffic it carries has more than doubled every two years, driven both by growth in the number of users on the network and an explosion in the size of data sets generated by advanced research applications.
To support the data and network complexity challenges posed by large-scale scientific research, remote-education systems, advanced telemedicine and a plethora of national R&D applications, AARNet4 will deliver a thirty-fold increase in network capacity. More than one million of Australia’s best and brightest researchers, educators and students will be able to make creative use of greater network access, and a wide range of value-added network and cloud-based services.
The goals for AARNet4 are not only to accommodate continued exponential traffic growth—provisioning more bandwidth at less cost—but also to deliver new capabilities, such as virtual private networks (VPNs) between customer sites, virtual private clouds including services from public cloud providers and support for AARNet’s own cloud- based file sharing and Unified Communications products. These new AARNet4 services are designed to enable cutting-edge research and encourage innovation, particularly in the field of radio astronomy for projects such as the Square Kilometre Array, as well as in the fields of climate modeling, genomics, sensor networks and particle physics.
“We currently operate a complex routed IP network, with points-of-presence across the country and multiple high-speed links to the Internet and academic research networks in hundreds of countries around the globe. With AARNet4, we are changing the ground rules for network capacity. This is about navigating the future of networking in Australia and globally. It will also allow AARNet to drive more sophisticated value-added services, leveraging the advanced capabilities of the Juniper Networks platform.”
- Chris Hancock, CEO, AARNet
“AARNet4 is critical to the advancement of science and research in Australia. By delivering greater network flexibility and capacity, AARNet will be well positioned to accommodate continued exponential data growth, provision more bandwidth at less cost and offer a wide range of value-add network and cloud-based services. Juniper Networks looks forward to continuing its collaboration with AARNet in supporting an innovative future for Australia.”
- Mark Ablett, vice president, Australia and New Zealand, Juniper Networks
AARNet Pty Ltd (APL) is the company that operates Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet). It is a not-for-profit company limited by shares. The shareholders are 38 Australian universities and the CSIRO.
AARNet provides high capacity internet and other advanced communications services for the nation’s research and education community, including universities, health and other research organisations, schools, vocational training providers and cultural institutions. AARNet serves over one million end users who access the network for teaching, learning and research. More information can be found at AARNet (www.aarnet.edu.au) or connect with AARNet on Twitter
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