Korea’s national research institution upgrades network with Ciena solutions

Ciena’s bandwidth-on-demand solutions allow KISTI to improve its network flexibility.

By Adrian M. Reodique
May 24, 2016

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) has upgraded its 100G optical-transport network with Ciena's bandwidth-on-demand solutions to improve network flexibility and speed service creation and activation across its 190 laboratories and research facilities globally.  

By leveraging Ciena's 8700 Packetwave Platform, the national research institution is now able to provide a more reliable and secure high-bandwidth for research partners who are accessing its international network. This is because the solution provides high-capacity 10GbE to 100GbE Ethernet aggregation and switching over coherent DWDM applications, according to Ciena.  

KISTI has also deployed Ciena's Blue Planet V-WAN application to manage the access to, and allocation of, fixed bandwidth to its multiple users and applications. Its unified management capability will also provide multi-layer network monitoring, rapid and efficient service turn-up, and troubleshooting.

Prior to adopting the above-mentioned solutions, KISTI was already using Ciena's Converged Packet Optical solutions to connect its Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development (GLORIAD) link to the Korea Research Environment Open NETwork (KREONET). KREONET is a national R&D network, which is managed and operated by KISTI, and organised by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP).

"With digital science increasingly generating larger sums of data, we needed to upgrade our network to enable bandwidth on-demand to remain competitive on a global scale. Given our long-standing relationship with Ciena, it was clear they were the right partner to lead us into the petascale era and enable the future-state research environment we seek to create," said Buseung Cho, Director of Department of KREONET Operation and Service, KISTI.