Juniper Networks has won a tech contract from the National Institute of Informatics (NII) to upgrade its SINET6 academic information network in Japan.
SINET6 has achieved 400G connectivity, support for additional points of presence (POPs), added redundancy and enhanced security in its domestic network.
The Science Information Network (SINET) serves as the academic backbone network for 900 universities and research institutions. It connects over three million users and is linked to other research networks in the United States, Europe and Asia to support international research collaboration.
NII engaged Juniper for SINET6 with the goal of improving its services by implementing technologies such as 400G optical transmission, 5G mobile and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). NII selected Juniper’s MX Series Universal Routing Platforms and ACX Series Cloud Metro Routers for router network.
SINET6’s supported POPs have seen a 1.5x increase to 70 sites, improving connectivity experiences for research institutions. SINET6 also utilizes Juniper’s PseudoWire Headend Termination (PWHT) capability provided by Junos OS, connecting sites using the ACX Cloud Metro Routers, lowering connectivity costs and simplifying the network.
“Juniper’s solutions are enough considered the requests of SINET6, providing with one of the most advanced networks that can support game-changing research and seamless digital learning experiences,” Takashi Kurimoto, Associate Professor, Information Systems Architecture Science Research Division, National Institute of Informatics, said.
“Building on our partnership, NII has built a cost-effective and reliable network that takes advantage of all the capabilities of 400G,” Tomohiro Furuya, VP & Country Manager, Japan, Juniper Networks, said.