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What will AARNet4 enable our customers to do?

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AARNet4 is scalable and flexible, providing campuses with new ways to connect to and use the network.

Connectivity options enable our customers to architect smart, dynamic networks that make the best use of AARNet4’s new capabilities. We’ve designed AARNet4 to support the wide-ranging needs of Australia’s research and education sector into the future.

New capabilities

AARNet4 delivers 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.

Advanced networking

All AARNet4 network services are delivered from our points of presence (PoPs) to an AARNet Network Termination Unit (NTU), which can operate at 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) or 10 gigabits per second, with higher speeds planned for the future. This ‘trunk’ can then be used to reliably deliver multiple services concurrently, including private networks, connections to data centres, and Internet services.

Here’s a snapshot of some of our AARNet4 network services:

Layer 2 Campus Connectivity

Private point-to-point or point-to-multipoint Layer 2 connectivity between customer sites enables network managers to maintain absolute control over how their network…

Information:

  • Available at all AARNet connected locations
  • AARNet Network Termination Unit is required at each location
  • 1Gbps to 10Gbps speeds

Features:

  • Provides layer 2 connectivity where additional control is required, for example in hosted virtual server environments
  • Redundancy is built in, within the AARNet4 core
  • Full redundancy, including tails into campus and local equipment, is available on request
  • Supports traffic classification and prioritization
  • Monitored 24x7x365 by AARNet’s dedicated Network Operations Centre
Layer 3 Internet Connectivity

AARNet’s public Internet connectivity service connects institutions to AARNet’s 100 Gbps backbone within Australia and on to the rest of the world.

Information:

  • Available at all AARNet connected locations
  • AARNet Network Termination Unit is required at each location
  • 200Mbps, 1Gbps, 5Gbps or 10Gbps speeds

Features

  • Provides AARNet’s existing Internet service over an AARNet4 connection
  • High speed, uncontended Internet access with many services provided directly onto the network in Australia
  • Network design ensures very low latency across Australia
Layer 3 Cloud Connectivity

This private point-to-point or multipoint-to-multipoint layer 3 service is designed to connect private cloud services and institutions efficiently and easily integrates with existing networks.

It is useful when many sites need to be interconnected, such as when connecting data centres and cloud services to a university’s network, and connecting campuses and facilities across vast distances, for example, interstate.

Information:

  • Available at all AARNet connected locations
  • AARNet Network Termination Unit is required at each location
  • 100Mbps to 10Gbps available, dependent upon location

Features:

  • Simple to integrate into existing private networks
  • AARNet performs routing between sites, simplifying the customer equipment requirements
  • Customer equipment connection options include static routes,  OSPF or BGP
  • Uses existing customer IP address space, including RFC1918 private address space
  • Supports IPv4 and IPv6
  • Redundancy is built in, within the AARNet4 core
  • Full redundancy, including tails into campus and local equipment, is available on request
  • Supports traffic classification and prioritization
  • Monitored 24x7x365 by AARNet’s dedicated Network Operations Centre

For more information about what AARNet 4 will enable at your campus, please contact us


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