Successful replacement of SURFnet network core routers

18 DEC 2018

SURF has been working on developing the network of the future for some time now. On December 18th, we took the next step in the transition towards the new service layer. We have successfully completed the replacement of the 2 core routers at our main locations in Amsterdam.

Second phase of the SURFnet8 project launched

We finished implementing the optical layer in October. Preparations for implementation of the new service layer – the second phase of the SURFnet8 project – have been under way for some time. This phase also involves a large-scale operation in which collaboration with partners and institutions plays a key role.

Replacement of Juniper core routers at main locations in Amsterdam

The first step in the transition to the new SURFnet8 service layer was replacing the 2 core routers at our main locations in Amsterdam. This was essential as the core routers were obsolete. Moreover, with the new hardware we can support more 100 Gigabit Ethernet connections and we are ready for future developments and innovations. E.g. faster speeds, EVPN and segment routing.

We had already replaced the first core router with a new Juniper MX2008 in the summer of this year. At the start of November we began the same process for the second core router, migrating the last network functions and phasing out the last connections with the old core routers on x December. This is another significant step towards the network of the future.

What is the next step?

We are currently busy building the hardware for the service layer on the rest of the core network (40 locations). We will start migrating the first services to this core network in early 2019. In the second half of 2019 we will move the NetherLight platform and start the migration of the non-core locations (220). We expect the migration of the service layer to be completed in 2021.

Latest modifications 18 Dec 2018