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Internet2 Upgrades Capacity in Peering Locations

Feb 20, 2019, by Scott Taylor
Tags: Advanced Networking

To continue to expand capacity and resiliency to critical cloud and commercial peers, Internet2 has recently upgraded capacity in Chicago and Sunnyvale. In Chicago, Juniper MX960 routers were upgraded to Juniper MX10003 routers and QFX aggregation switches, doubling the port density available.

The new equipment provides more than 200-10G ports and more than 48-100G ports in each location for backbone, customer and peering connectivity while reducing our physical footprint by half. The 100G ports that were removed from Chicago will be redeployed into other Interconnect metro areas to support 100G interconnection with peers on the TR-CPS network. Additionally, this increase in the number of 10G ports will provide Internet2 more opportunities to provide members the ability to deploy dedicated connectivity to any provider located at these peering points. 

In San Jose, Equinix SV1 was added as an AL1S add-drop site allowing Internet2 to drastically scale up capacity for peering in the bay area. In the coming months, we intend to turn up a toal of 200G of connectivity between San Jose and Sunnyvale dedicated to peering and implement an aggregation architecture to support scalable 10GE and 100G interconnection with peers to the TR-CPS network.

We are providing support for direct connectivity to AWS via our Cloud Connect service in Sunnyvale. Support of Cloud Connect interconnections will be expanded to include Microsoft and Google in the near future to complete our efforts to offer Cloud Connect services in four major peering points around the country. 

 If you have questions about these upgrades, please send a note to networkdevelopment@internet2.edu.