T-Systems Deploys AlcaLu 100G

Connection of university data centers in Dresden and Freiberg represents 100G industry first, claim collaborators on project

June 14, 2010

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PARIS -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom's corporate customer arm, today announced they have achieved an industry first by connecting high-performance data centers of the Dresden and Bergakademie Freiberg technical universities with a 60 km link using commercial 100 Gigabit/second (100G) connectivity that leverages both IP and optical technologies. This unique combination enables unmatched end-to-end scalability, performance and compatibility across core, edge and metro networks. The data on the 100G link between the two universities are processed in real-time and are being transmitted on a single wavelength – an industry first.

The extremely high bandwidth of 100G communications technology will improve the cooperation between research facilities and will be used to facilitate more advanced cloud service delivery options and pave the way for proliferation of collaborative multimedia applications. Specifically this new broadband link will provide the research data centers an environment in which they can evaluate the properties of bandwidth-intensive applications and services under realistic conditions. Researchers of both universities are using the installation to study the resource requirements of clustered virtual servers, Lustre wide-area file systems, network-attached storage and real-time video conferencing applications under heavy load.

Business and private customers of Deutsche Telekom are using ever more varied and complex applications. Science and research are early adopters of this trend. “As far as network performance is concerned, there is no doubt that we are on our way to the gigabit society, which requires gigabit networks,” says Hagen Rickmann, who is responsible for Innovations and Portfolio Management at Deutsche Telekom´s T-Systems unit. “We must ensure that we can adapt our networks to the constantly increasing demand for bandwidth anytime and in an economical way. Testing the new 100 Gigabit technology between Dresden and Freiberg under real conditions is an important milestone on this way.”

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)

T-Systems International GmbH

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