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  • Subject: [I2-NEWS] Internet2 to Include Brocade and Juniper Technologies In First 100G Open, National-Scale, Software-Defined Network
  • Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2012 18:31:53 -0400 (EDT)

Internet2 to Include Brocade and Juniper Technologies In First 100G Open,
National-Scale, Software-Defined Network

Multiple-vendor environment fosters Internet2’s Innovation Platform as
community network engineers converge at Stanford University to collaborate on
disruptive technologies

Ann Arbor, Mich.-–July 9, 2012—-Internet2 announced today that OpenFlow
enabled hardware from Juniper Networks and Brocade are the latest
technologies to be included in the newly upgraded 100G Internet2 Network and
recently announced Innovation Platform.

The Innovation Platform is a unique, disruptive set of technologies bundled
in the Internet2 Network that combines revolutionary software-defined
networking (SDN) and OpenFlow standards with abundant bandwidth provided by
the 100G network deployment. To date, more than 20 Internet2 member
universities and regional networks have asked to become collaborators in
piloting the cutting-edge technologies.

300 network engineers from the Internet2 community will convene at Stanford
University in Palo Alto, Calif., in mid July at the Summer 2012
ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs Meeting to collaborate on the Innovation Platform
technologies and emerging capabilities as the nation’s first open SDN network
platform nears completion.

The Brocade® MLX® family of routers and related Brocade NetIron® platforms,
along with the Juniper Networks® MX Series routers are integral networking
components of the Internet2 Network, Innovation Platform and new capabilities
for network and scientific researchers. Designed to enable SDN protocols
like OpenFlow, the 100 Gigabit Ethernet routers enable programmatic control
of the network infrastructure to deliver massive scale and intelligent
service delivery capabilities.

“The utilization of the OpenFlow technologies from Juniper and Brocade within
the same architecture begins to create a substantial national testbed and
service-delivery platform for SDN enabled applications,” said Rob Vietzke,
vice president of network services for Internet2. “Our collaborators at
Brocade and Juniper see the importance of SDN to enable innovations that can
not only advance networking, but can also profoundly advance education,
transform university business models, and accelerate global “Big Data”
collaborative research outcomes. These opportunities can fuel
as-yet-unimagined discoveries and new cycles of global economic development.”

“Networking infrastructure is being transformed by SDN into an open platform
for innovation. We are excited that Brocade 100G and OpenFlow-enabled
technologies are part of the new 100G Internet2 Network and Innovation
Platform. By working with Internet2 and its members, Brocade will build upon
its pioneering work on high-speed software-defined networks,” said Ken Cheng,
vice president of the service provider business, Brocade.

“We are proud that our long partnership with Internet2 is taking another
major step forward,” said Mike Marcellin, vice president of strategy and
marketing for Juniper Networks. “We have long embraced the principles of a
platform strategy, building products that are open, extensible, and capable
of rapid change. To that end, SDN is the logical next step in the evolution
for Juniper and the networking community. By collaborating in the Internet2
Innovation Platform, Juniper can help make possible an entirely new class of
applications that utilize the network in dynamic and powerful ways.”

The national high-performance Internet2 Network connects America’s colleges
and universities to research and education collaborators worldwide. The newly
upgraded 100G-enabled and 8.8 Terabit per second optical network will allow
member institutions to keep pace with the exponential growth in scientific
research “Big Data” being driven by the nation’s collaborative researchers in
labs and universities.

The network will also enable advanced networking features for more than
200,000 of the country’s essential community anchor institutions, including
libraries, hospitals, K-12 schools, community colleges and public safety
organizations as part of its United States Unified Community Anchor Network
(U.S. UCAN) project.

This advanced, coast-to-coast, high-capacity network infrastructure will
support advanced capabilities for community anchors such as HD and multi-cast
video distance learning and telemedicine applications - not possible using
consumer-grade Internet service. The National Telecommunications and
Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities
Program (BTOP) helped fund Internet2’s network upgrade in support of the U.S.
UCAN project.

Internet2 plans to announce further developments and partnerships related to
the 100G Internet2 Network upgrade and Innovation Platform in the coming

About Internet2
Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the
nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a
collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to
solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in
support of their educational, research, and community service missions. For
more information, visit
About Juniper
Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) is in the business of network innovation. From
devices to data centers, from consumers to cloud providers, Juniper Networks
delivers the software, silicon and systems that transform the experience and
economics of networking. Additional information can be found at Juniper
Networks (
Juniper Networks and Junos are registered trademarks of Juniper Networks,
Inc. in the United States and other countries. The Juniper Networks and Junos
logos are trademarks of Juniper Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service
marks, registered trademarks, or registered service marks are the property of
their respective owners.
About Brocade
Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD) networking solutions help the world’s leading
organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and
information reside anywhere. (
Media contacts:

Todd Sedmak, Internet2, 804-497-0282 or
Katie Bromley, Brocade, 408-333-0429 or

Pavel Radda, Juniper Networks, 408-936-0431 or

Todd Sedmak
PR and Media Relations Manager
202-331-5373 (w), 804-497-0282 (c) or

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  • [I2-NEWS] Internet2 to Include Brocade and Juniper Technologies In First 100G Open, National-Scale, Software-Defined Network, Todd Sedmak, 07/06/2012

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