Nomios Group and Nokia triple capacity for GÉANT with IP backbone network

  • With a 10-year framework agreement, Nokia is the only critical IP network provider for a massive backbone network migration led by Nomios.
  • The first research network to deploy 800GE routing interfaces delivers unprecedented capacity to support long-term scientific collaboration between the world's top researchers.
  • GéANT's GN5 IP/MPLS routing and switching project triples existing network capacity for interconnections with national research and education networks (NREN) around the world.
  • Zoeterwoude, Netherlands, Espoo, Finland, Amsterdam, Netherlands - Nomios Group, Nokia and GéANT today announced that GéANT, the alliance of European national research and education networks (NRENs), will implement a state-of-the-art IP/MPLS solution from Nokia as part of a 10-year framework agreement led by Nomios Group, a leading European provider of cybersecurity and networking solutions. As part of the GN5 IP/MPLS routing and switching replacement project, GéANT will be the first NREN in the world to implement 800 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) routing interfaces. This will triple capacity and supercharge the 50,000-km network by creating a resilient and secure base for intensive collaboration and knowledge sharing between an international alliance of researchers.

The project

GéANT connects 40 National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in 40 European countries and connects 50 million users and institutions to more than 100 additional NRENs around the world. The powerful IP backbone network will form the basis for a global coalition of researchers focusing on cutting-edge research in disciplines such as high-energy physics, biomedicine, radio astronomy and weather affecting climate.

Over the past five years, traffic on the GéANT network has increased by 30 per cent each year and it now processes more than 7 petabytes (7000 terabytes) of data daily. This is largely due to the increase in instruments such as telescopes, sensors and detectors, which collect more data with greater precision, sensitivity and speed. Supercomputers process huge amounts of data and analyse and validate the findings. Given the high level of cooperation between allied institutions, that data needs to be transferred quickly, reliably, securely and cost-effectively.

The GéANT GN5 IP/MPLS Routing and Switching Infrastructure Replacement project represents a strategic go-to-market partnership between Nomios and Nokia. This combines Nomios' extensive experience in designing and implementing robust network solutions with Nokia's expertise in delivering advanced IP network technology for the world's most critical networks. Under the terms of the agreement, Nomios and Nokia will be responsible for the complete replacement and upgrade of GéANT's existing IP/MPLS routing and switching infrastructure. This will improve the scalability, security and reliability of GéANT's extensive network operations. In addition, Nomios and Nokia will provide comprehensive support and maintenance services to ensure uninterrupted connectivity and smooth operation for GéANT and its extensive user base.

About the technology

The Nokia 7750 Service Router IP/MPLS platform, using internally developed, advanced FP5 network processing silicon, is designed to scale to support the most demanding workloads. The FP5 chipset supports 800G transmission, which triples capacity within the existing footprint and gives GéANT access to more bandwidth than any other routing technology currently available. A network security layer is integrated directly into the chipset, ensuring the integrity of research data while security risks - such as DDoS attacks and data breaches - increase in scope and severity. Power consumption innovations reduce power consumption by 75 per cent compared to previous routing chipsets, allowing GéANT to handle ever-increasing data volumes without losing sight of its sustainability goals.

"We are excited to extend our relationship with Nomios and Nokia by deploying Nokia's high-performance IP network technology in our extended network infrastructure. The solution adds the capabilities we need to address the expected exponential growth in data and our security concerns. This project ensures that GéANT modernises and maintains the essential world-class network that the research and education communities rely on, both in Europe and in more than 100 countries in every region." Bram Peeters, Chief Technology Officer at GéANT

"We are incredibly honoured and excited to have won this prestigious tender from GéANT. The partnership with Nokia allows us to use our combined strengths to deliver a state-of-the-art IP/MPLS routing and switching infrastructure, allowing GéANT to continue to push the boundaries of research and education connectivity across Europe." Mohamed El Haddouchi, Managing Director of Nomios

"We are delighted to partner with Nomios and be the first to deliver 800GE speeds to such bandwidth-intensive and rigorous research environments as GéANT. This is a real achievement that demonstrates how our industry-leading IP technology delivers the capacity, resilience and security required for these essential, massive capacity networks, with the optimised energy consumption the industry needs to meet its sustainability goals. We look forward to being part of GéANT's continued success as an essential network provider promoting research, education and innovation on a global scale." Stephane Haulbert, Partner Business Leader of Nokia in Europe

About GéANT

GéANT is a fundamental part of Europe's digital infrastructure, delivering the pan-European GéANT network for scientific research, education and innovation. Through an integrated catalogue of connectivity, collaboration and identity services, GéANT provides users with highly reliable, unlimited access to computing, analytics, storage, applications and other resources, enabling Europe to remain at the forefront of research.

Through interconnections with its 40 National Research and Education Network (NREN) partners, the GéANT network is the largest and most advanced R&E network in the world, connecting more than 50 million users in 10,000 institutions across Europe and supporting all scientific disciplines.

About Nomios

Nomios is a leading European provider of cybersecurity and networking solutions and services. Nomios has more than 400 certified engineers and experienced architects working from 20 offices in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and the UK. We have more than 20 years of experience in securing and connecting critical digital infrastructures for our customers. Nomios supports more than 2,000 leading organisations across industries, including telecommunications, cloud providers, manufacturing, finance, education, logistics, government and more.

About Nokia

At Nokia, we create technology that helps the world work together.

As a B2B technology innovation leader, we pioneer networks that feel, think and act by leveraging our work in mobile, fixed and cloud networks. We also create value with intellectual property and long-term research, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs.

Service providers, businesses and partners worldwide rely on Nokia to deliver secure, reliable and sustainable networks today - and work with us to create the digital services and applications of the future.

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