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Critical Link to the Internet2 Network Goes Live With Meriton Networks

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 by Doug Howell
Tags: imported, Internet2 Network, Network Infrastructure, Network Partnerships, Peering

New 10Gb/s Link Established Between Consortium Headquarters and Major R&E Peering Site in Chicago; Link to Deliver Greater, More Flexible Bandwidth To Facilitate Advanced Applications for the Internet2 Community

OTTAWA, CANADA, - NOVEMBER 16, 2006 - Meriton Networks, specialists in Agile Optical Networking, today announced that Internet2 has deployed an important new high-speed network link based on Meriton's advanced wavelength networking systems. To fulfill the continually expanding - and unpredictable bandwidth needs of its more than 300 members in the research and education community and to enable increasingly complex and sophisticated communications services, Internet2 needed to add capacity and additional flexibility to enable the best connectivity to its nationwide infrastructure. The new link to the Internet2 network provides strategic connectivity between Internet2's head office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Level 3 Communications Point of Presence in Chicago and the StarLight international exchange point site in Chicago. The installation of this network was a collaborative initiative between Internet2, Meriton, Merit (the research and education network connecting Michigan's public universities) and CANARIE (Canada's advanced Internet development organization).

The link will enable regional and international network connectivity to Internet2's new nationwide backbone network that is expected to be fully operational on the Level 3 infrastructure in mid-2007. Today, Internet2's members can leverage this connection for current collaborations and projects that are helping to advance the development of new Internet infrastructure and applications. For instance, it will provide critical access between Internet2's headquarters facility and the Hybrid Optical Packet Infrastructure (HOPI) project, a national scale network testbed used by the Internet2 community to investigate next-generation hybrid network architectures. By extending GMPLS capabilities to provide high-speed circuits, the Meriton equipment can provide network researchers participating in the HOPI project the on-demand bandwidth capabilities needed to understand and analyze this new dynamic infrastructure.

Internet2 deployed the Meriton 7200 OSP (Optical Switching Platform) because it meets the organization's stringent technical and business requirements. These requirements included:

  • Scalable, cost-effective 10 Gb/s transport - the 7200 OSP is designed for "high value without high costs," and the use of XFP pluggable optics provides an affordable "pay as you grow" approach
  • Multi-degree switching - the 7200 OSP is the only networking system that offers up to 16 degrees of switching, made possible through its patented switching architecture. As a result, the 7200 OSP fully supports ringinterconnection and enables the migration to mesh networking
  • Future-proof investment protection - since the 7200 OSP is bit-rate and protocol independent, Internet2 can easily add new services in the future. With its transparent interfaces, the 7200 OSP is the strongest platform in the industry for interoperability as a result of its inherent ability totransport existing and future protocols across the network
  • Excellent visibility - the architecture of the 7200 OSP provides comprehensive performance monitoring statistics at every node in the network, not just the end points
  • Management simplicity - the advanced network planning and management systems that complement the 7200 OSP allow networks to be rapidly planned, deployed, operated and maintained

"The Internet2 community requires advanced networking gear that is both economical and flexible, which the Meriton 7200 OSP provides. Meriton's technical roadmap aligns well with the Internet2 community's near-future networking needs for flexible provisioning and enhanced bandwidth capabilities," said Steve Cotter, director of network services for Internet2. "With the excellent cooperation of all the organizations involved, the deployment of the network link promises to be a valuable resource for our community as we continue to lead the discovery of new Internet innovations."

"Internet2 is one of the pre-eminent experts in high-speed networking, and we are thrilled to have been selected and deployed for this mission-critical connection," said Bill Gartner, chief operating officer of Meriton Networks. "We look forward to working with Internet2 to offer our unique capabilities to the rest of its research and education membership, and to enabling the fulfillment of Internet2's goal of accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet."

About Internet2

Led by more than 200 U.S. universities working with industry and government, Internet2 develops and deploys advanced network applications and technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet. Internet2 supports the partnerships among academia, industry, and government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy. For more information, visit: .

About Meriton Networks, Inc.

Meriton Networks Inc. has developed the industry's first unified end-to-end Agile Optical Networking (AON) architecture, a crucial element for carrier and enterprise migration to next-generation IP services networks. A flexible, scalable, future proof infrastructure capable of multi-service, multi-topology support, the Meriton AON architecture equips telecommunications networks with the capabilities needed for the Broadband Revolution, including rapid service deployment with one-time node engineering and zero-touch, automated provisioning under a unified control plane. With metro access, metro core and regional extension products, all fully managed by a best-in-class suite of network planning and management tools, Meriton Networks gives network operators a single source for the rapid, cost-effective delivery of high-speed services. For more information, please visit

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