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Juniper Makes Grade Among Academics

Making the grade with academics, Juniper Networks said an additional 17 European research and education networks are using its equipment to power advanced Internet protocol services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

In all, more than 40 such networks on the continent use the Sunnyvale, Calif., company's hardware and software. While not enough to offset lagging spending among carriers and service providers, the education and scientific markets have held up reasonably well under current economic pressures.

The schools and labs use the network for applications including: distributed, or grid computing, for harnessing the processing power of many computers for complex computations; real-time shared imaging, for sending and viewing medical and astronomic pictures; and educational broadcasts and videoconferencing, for distance learning and collaboration.

Dai Davies, general manager of GEANT, the pan-European network connection said availability and flexibility are key given that more than 3,000 organizations tie into the system.

"(The) infrastructure can run multiple services at line speed thanks to the clear separation of routing and packet processing in the Juniper Networks' architecture, allowing us to experiment with different classes of service on our network without loss of performance," Davies said.

GEANT, and the networks that tie into it, use Juniper Networks M- and/or T-series routing platforms. With purpose-built hardware and JUNOS Internet operating software, these platforms enable reliable, secure and high-performance IP services.

This architecture also allows users to simultaneously run IPv6 (a new protocol designed to allow the number of hosts and data transmitted to grow) and IPv4 (the protocol's predecessor) on the same routers.