Project SURFnet8Over 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.
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.
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.
- In 2015, the network architecture was defined at all levels. The tendering process was also initiated in this year via a Request For Information.
- In 2016, the Requests For Proposals (RFP) were published. In December, the contract for the optical layer was signed with ECI.
- In 2017 we start with the implementation of the optical layer. This year, the contract for the service layer will also be signed. Read the tender for the service layer.
- In 2018, we will start with the implementation of the service layer, after the implementation of the optical layer has been completed.
- Read more about the innovation programme Connecting Infrastructures
- Read more about the implementation of the optical layer
- Blog: The network of the future - hardware and software decoupled
- Blog: The network of the future - automated configuration of technology domains
- Blog: The network of the future - a new technology domain: network function virtualisation
- Blog: The network of the future - challenges and a glimpse of the distant future
- Blog: The network of the future - moving together towards intent-based interactive networking
- Start date
- 01 Jan 2015