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|CERN Chooses Chiaro Router for Trans-Atlantic Trial|
March 15, 2004
Chiaro Networks' Enstara IP/MPLS Platform Selected by CERN for Trans-Atlantic Trial
RICHARDSON, TX -- Chiaro Networks, the developer of true infrastructure-class Internet Protocol/Multi-Protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) platforms, today announced that its EnstaraTM router has been selected by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) for its DataTAG project.
The DataTAG project, a large-scale intercontinental Grid test bed, is focused on advanced networking issues and interoperability between Grid domains across Europe and the United States. The purpose for DataTAG's research is to provide a highly reliable solution that will allow transparent access to the increasing number of data-intensive applications being distributed within the Grid. Chiaro's Enstara router has been in the CERN network since March 4.
"Impeccable reliability from a core IP/MPLS router is an imperative for CERN and our DataTAG project, which is meant to further CERN's ability to better share scientific and technical information and to collaborate across long distances," said Olivier Martin of CERN, DataTAG project leader. "Also crucial are Quality of Service (QoS), performance and the ability to interoperate within a multi-vendor network. Chiaro's Enstara platform meets or exceeds our criteria on all counts, and we expect that it will prove itself a valuable resource for the reliable transfer of huge amounts of data."
While at CERN, the Enstara platform will be tested for its ability to provide consistent and sustained ultra reliability for high-performance data replication and guaranteed real-time traffic delivery over long-distance, high-bandwidth connections. The Enstara router will also provide the long-distance connectivity between CERN and the OptIPuter Project at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), as well as provide large Internet Border-Gateway-Protocol (BGP) route connectivity with France's next-generation Internet test bed, the VTHD (Vraiment Tres Haut Debit) network.
"We are demonstrating the Enstara platform's ability to provide a real solution, available today, for the reliable transfer of real-time data over high-bandwidth intercontinental connections," said Ken Lewis, president and chief executive officer of Chiaro Networks. "Providing an infrastructure-class IP/MPLS platform that can reliably transfer the sort of critical and data-intensive applications being used at CERN is important to our carrier customers looking for the same ultra reliability and excellent performance to consolidate their networks."
Enstara: The First Infrastructure-Class IP/MPLS Platform
The Chiaro Enstara router, the world's first highly available infrastructure-class IP/MPLS platform, defines infrastructure-class with ultra reliability, versatility and product longevity. Available in configurations for different applications and system sizes, the Enstara portfolio offers carriers a powerful new way to achieve unprecedented cost savings.
Key to the Enstara platform's ability to deliver infrastructure-class capabilities is Chiaro's STateful Assured RoutingTM (STARTM) technology, which enables 99.999 percent (five nines) availability with seamless, transparent protection of hardware and software during switchover following failures and maintenance activities, including "hitless" upgrades. With STAR protocol protection, the impact of equipment failures and maintenance events is not only minimized, it is unnoticed by other parts of the network.
Enstara's modular distributed software architecture provides automatic fault detection and recovery, intelligent fault monitoring and network stability, with software modules added or upgraded as needed. Rapid and early detection of software failures and imminent failures provides fast switchover and recovery. The Enstara platform features a "no single point of failure" architecture, designed from the ground up with internal redundancy, which eliminates the need to deploy multiple routers.
About CERN and DataTAG
The DataTAG project is co-funded by the European Union, the US National Science Foundation through the Electronic Visualization Lab (EVL) at University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC) and the US Department of Energy (DoE) through the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH). The project is led by CERN with the following partners: the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Research (INFN), France's Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), the UK's Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) and the Informatics Institute of the Science Faculty of the University of Amsterdam. US partners include, CALTECH Argonne National Laboratory, Northwestern University and the University of Michigan.
About Chiaro Networks
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