NCNINorth Carolina Networking Initiative
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NCNI is a consortium of the three doctoral/research-extensive universities of North Carolina's Research Triangle: Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), and of MCNC, a private, nonprofit organization that seeks to enhance economic development by providing a variety of technology services.
With the Cisco ONS 15454 MSTP, the NCNI network will have significantly more flexibility in the DWDM layer than traditional non-integrated long-haul solutions
We looked for a system that fit our extended 200-km-ring metro-environment backbone architecture and offered considerable lower long-term cost of ownership," said John Streck, NCNI technical director and director for Networking Research and Development at NC State University.
The NCNI consortium is a partnership that reaches beyond university walls," said Joel Dunn, NCNI executive director and UNC-CH associate vice chancellor for Information Technology.
NCNI chose the Cisco ONS 15454 MSTP to support the network expansion for its photonics flexibility and intelligence.
The Abilene connection is almost 15 times faster than our existing research connection, and is another reason the Research Triangle Region is becoming recognized as one of the top networking and telecommunications research environments in the country," according to Alan Blatecky, Executive Director, NCNI and VP of Information Technology for MCNC.
NCNI is a collaborative effort of Duke University, NC State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MCNC and high technology corporate partners (Cisco, IBM, Lucent, Nortel Networks) to explore and develop leading edge, next generation network technologies, engineering and applications.