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Internet2 Network Upgrade Underway

May 09, 2016, by John Moore
Tags: Advanced Network Services, Advanced Networking, Executive Insights

This is a big week for us at Network Services. We are beginning the first phase of a significant upgrade to the Internet2 network, starting with work in Seattle. This is the first in a number of site visits planned for this year where Internet2 engineers will be making hardware and configuration changes, coordinating closely with local connectors, campus and regional members to ensure a smooth transition.

The first goal of the upgrade is to rebuild the core of the network to allow us to provide improvements in the types and quality of advanced network services we can provision by utilizing MPLS (Multi-protocol Label Switching) technology. The second goal is to continue to support our community's experimental networking needs by providing Software Defined Networking capabilities in a way that allows us to better keep up with the quickly evolving technical landscape. 

We've had a great conversation with the community about this upgrade over the past several months, and gotten terrific feedback from the Network Architecture, Operations and Policy Program Advisory Group (NAOP-PAG) and the Network Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) on our approach and technology selection. The internal team consisting of the Internet2 NOC, Architecture and Planning, and Business Development has worked hard to get us to this point, and we're grateful for the effort to date, and the work still to be done.

We'll be reporting on progress in this blog and elsewhere in the community as we move ahead with the project