NII invests in Juniper Networks MX Series 3D edge routers

Juniper Networks Lab
National Institute of Informatics (NII) has made investment in Juniper Networks MX Series 3D edge routers in SINET5, an academic information network constructed to meet the needs of universities and research institutions in Japan.

Juniper Networks had also assisted NII for the SINET4 network earlier.

NII has made significant investment in the deployment of MX Series 3D routers, including MX2010 for large centers and MX240 for smaller centers. NII has constructed a full-mesh network connecting over 50 data centers inside and outside of Japan. The network launched operations on April 1, 2016.

Approximately 850 universities and research institutes in Japan use SINET’s research network for connecting hubs nationwide. The network delivers connectivity with research networks in the US, the EU, and Asia to drive domestic and international research projects through SINET.

NII upgraded its network to SINET5 to realize shorter transmission delays and handle higher traffic volumes efficiently. The aim of the investment in Juniper Network’s enterprise networking solution is to keep up with research networks in Europe and America, where 100 Gbps connectivity is widespread.

The previous network SINET4, had a tree topology, where core nodes (routers) were installed in eight major cities throughout Japan, with branches-to-edge nodes (switches) in each region.

NII has selected Juniper’s MX Series that has the agility to provide NII with scalability options when demand for even higher capacity — such as 100GbE density INET support or even faster interfaces arise in the future, with the ability to be easily upgraded and scaled-up using 400GbE-ready line cards.

“We started working with engineers at Juniper Networks regarding the scaling-up of some functions and new services. Looking ahead, we look to enable SINET to grow flexibly, so that we may continue to construct the academic information infrastructure that will drive cutting-edge research and education in Japan,” said Hiroshi Yamada, Research and Development Center for Academic Networks at NII.