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CERN UPGRADES DATA CENTER TO MEET INCREASING DEMANDS

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, has upgraded its data center and technical network capacity with the deployment of Juniper’s networking solutions.

Based in Geneva, CERN claims to operate the largest particle physics laboratory in the world and has 23 member states with Israel as the only non-European country granted full membership.

Home to the world-renowned Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN said its mission is to advance the boundaries of human knowledge through breakthrough research in fundamental physics.

CERN’s Geneva data center network supports over 15,000 servers and 260,000 processor cores. This facility enables researchers around the world to receive data from the LHC experiments for analysis. The body also reported that in the last 12 months, about 370 petabytes of data have moved across its network.

“After electricity, networking is the most important element for us at CERN. The physicists need the experiment data to be moved to the data center where it’s processed and sent to our partners around the world. Juniper has provided the network that supports the collider’s operations and experiments as well as its data center and backbone,” said Tony Cass, IT infrastructure group lead at CERN.

To meet increasing research requirements, CERN therefore, deployed Juniper Networks’ QFX Series switches, EX Series Ethernet Switches and is evaluating a Tungsten Fabric to create a network built for extreme computing.

Juniper’s QFX10008 Ethernet switch is deployed for the new data center core network on CERN’s requirements which targets speed, reliable connectivity and 100Gbps port density to support the estimated traffic growth.

On the other hand, Juniper’s EX9200 Ethernet switch which connects 11,000 devices, supports the LHC operations and experiments, as well as monitoring and safety systems. The architecture promises a robust, reliable and scalable technical network.

“Juniper is very proud to be working with CERN by putting dynamic automation and a robust network in place, and supporting the organization to embark on the next wave of scientific discovery to continue helping us to understand our mysterious universe,” said James Morgan, EMEA vice president for enterprise sales at Juniper Networks.