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Internet2 Community’s New Owned Optical Infrastructure Fully Deployed

Dec 11, 2012, by Robert Vietzke
Tags: Collaboration, Executive Insights, imported, Layer 1 Services, Network Infrastructure

Last week, both Internet2 and The Department of Energy’s ESnet marked a major milestone that provides our community an enormous new set of capabilities and opportunities. The transition from the leased legacy Dedicated Wave System to the new predominantly BTOP funded dark fiber network was completed. This transition of Internet2 community Advanced Layer 1 Services is remarkable on several fronts as it marks:

  1. An enormous 88x increase in capacity (8.8 Tbps), 50% national footprint expansion (17,834 miles), new operating flexibility and enormous innovation capacity for the community;
  2. The end of the era where Internet2's leased-network stood in contrast to the community's adoption of owned infrastructure providing exponential scalability and efficiency for the community’s initiatives;
  3. Commitment to community partnerships exemplified with organizations like Indiana University and ESnet to jointly offer community capabilities at a national scale; and
  4. The remarkable effort and sophistication of the Internet2 community including partners Indiana University and ESnet, and countless efforts of members and staff in implementing this enormous accomplishment so seamlessly.

We are proud to recognize how spectacular and enormous this milestone is.  I would like to take the opportunity to direct you to the special Community Recognition Ceremony held at the Fall 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting to recognize the enormous contributions of those instrumental in this great community achievement.

The BTOP project brought a special opportunity to our special community who has been responsible for some of the greatest transformational technologies and applications of the last century.  It’s clearer than ever to me that this project is a testament to the power of the unparalleled Internet2 Community to again create unprecedented innovations that when applied dynamically across research and education, will transform the way the world works, once again.