Project SURFnet8

Over the next years, SURFnet will be working on Project SURFnet8, the goal of which is to further develop the fixed section of the national education and research network. The infrastructure consists of the optical layer and the service layer.

Further development of the network

SURFnet develops and manages a highly advanced network for and together with its target group: educational and research institutions in the Netherlands. In order to maintain its leading position and satisfy the increasingly stringent requirements of its target group, SURFnet is continually innovating. The basic principles of the next generation of the SURFnet network are high-quality network architecture, a multifaceted self-service network and an open, programmable network.

High-quality network architecture

Speed (high bandwidth) and stability are the principles upon which further development of the network is based. The quantity of data traffic increases each year, due in part to the increasing number of services acquired from the cloud and the fact that many researchers make use of big data. One of the objectives of Project SURFnet8 is that every affiliated institution will have a bandwidth of 100 Gbit/s as standard. To realise this, thorough adjustment of the network architecture is necessary. 

Blog: Advancing towards unprecedented quality 

Multifaceted self-service network

SURFnet offers affiliated institutions a rich portfolio of services. The next generation of the SURFnet network must offer opportunities to continually innovate and develop new services. Furthermore, users want more control over the management of the network and the services they purchase: they want to order, configure and manage them with ease.

Blog: Advancing towards a valued service portfolio 

An open, programmable network

A multifaceted self-service network requires interaction between the network and the user. To realise this, open interfaces and an open, programmable network are required. An open, programmable network offers flexibility for the development of new services and the development of the network itself.

Blog: Advancing towards an open, programmable network 


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Start date
01 Jan 2015