SURF is working with partners to back up and share transatlantic capacity
MoU signed between ANA and NEAAR
19 APR 2018
SURF, together with the other ANA (Advanced North Atlantic) consortium members – Internet2, ESnet, CANARIE, NORDUnet and GÉANT - signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the NEAAR project (Networks for European, American and African Research). One of the focal points of this agreement is to secure benefits in terms of bandwidth.
MoU between ANA and NEAAR
ANA and NEAAR have signed a MoU on future international collaboration projects. This collaboration is based on backing up and sharing transatlantic capacity. Adding the NEAAR connection to the existing ANA connections will increase the maximum available bandwidth to 800 Gbit/s.
Optimisation of international collaboration
The ANA project, which provides 100 Gbit/s transatlantic circuits, was launched in 2012. ANA is considered to be the pathfinder for the Global Network Architecture (GNA). The collaborative and architectural principles devised and developed in ANA are being successfully integrated into the GNA. Within GNA, research and education networks around the world are working together to optimise international collaboration. Cooperation in accordance with the ANA and GNA principles is increasingly being embraced internationally; the MoU signed with NEAAR is a prime example of this.
Erwin Bleumink, member of the SURF Board: ’Research and educational institutions are increasingly using large research facilities, educational content, and e-infrastructure services delivered by providers or fellow institutions all over the world. It is essential to ensure that our network is connected to the rest of the world. Therefore, we’re proud to work with our global partners to design and deliver a Global Network Architecture. The MoU between ANA and NEAAR shows that the principles defined in this architecture lead to successful collaborations.’