Project SURFnet8

SURF is working on Project SURFnet8, the goal of which is to further develop the fixed section of the national education and research network. Both layers of the SURFnet network – the optical layer and the service layer – will be upgraded.


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Implementation service layer SURFnet8

We migrated the optical layer in 2017 and 2018. This forms the basis of the network that provides transport functionality to the service layer. In the coming years, we will migrate this layer. This supplies services to the member institutions on the network. What does the implementation process look like, and what does it mean for your institution?

Increased stability and faster handling of service requests

Replacement of the SURFnet7 devices is necessary because the devices are ageing. But, besides that, it also offers opportunities to innovate and improve the functionality of the network. The current static routed network will be replaced by a fully dynamic network. This increases network stability and reduces disruptions during maintenance activities.

We are also focusing on automation. With SURFnet8, manual configuration will no longer take place, and we will be able to handle new service requests from institutions faster and more flexibly.

Service layer migration schedule

At SURFnet, for some time now we have been busy developing the design of the new network and making preparations for the automation process. In August 2018, we started to replace the core routers at our two main locations in Amsterdam. This is the first step in the transition to the new SURFnet8 service layer. Now our first core router has been successfully replaced by a new Juniper MX2008. The second will follow in November 2018.

The migration of the core network (41 locations) will begin 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). The schedule for the non-core locations will take shape in the coming months. We will be able to provide more details about this in the first half of 2019. We expect the implementation of the service layer to be completed in 2021.

What does this mean for your institution?

The duration and consequences of the migration will depend on the type of services at a particular location. The details will be discussed in detail and in a timely fashion with those involved. However, we can provide an overall view of the execution and schedule of the migration. This will vary for each type of location: core or non-core.

Core locations

For some time now, we at SURF have been busy organising the cabinets for the new network devices. In the last quarter of 2018, we will install the new devices and then enter into a dialogue with the institutions involved in order to prepare for the first migrations. We expect to carry out activities for connections to the rest of the network on a regular basis in the coming years.

Non-core locations

Starting from the end of 2019, we will begin the migration of non-core locations. In most cases, we expect that we will only need to make one visit. We will consult with you to schedule a suitable time for the migration. Then we will install the devices and migrate the connections.

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