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ASTRON *, the Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy is at the very cutting-edge of research into the origins of the universe. But in order to maintain this position, it needs to keep a keen eye on the future of computing and network technology. The foundation has two primary sites. Dwingeloo is home to the organisation's R&D facilities, and is where researchers process and analyse the vast amounts of data generated by the organisation's radio observatory in Westerbork.

Customer Need

With its LAN nearing the end of its life, ASTRON seized the opportunity to create a radical overhaul of the way it communicates. Above all, it needed an infrastructure that would help it stay at the cutting-edge of its field. Additionally, ASTRON was keen to realise the cost, efficiency and mobility benefits of migrating to an all-IP communications platform.

The organisation is also at the early stages of project LOFAR, a pioneering research programme which will create one of the world's largest radio telescope networks. To process the data generated by these vast arrays, ASTRON needed Gigabit connectivity to the LOFAR supercomputer located at the University of Groningen.

Nortel Solution

Nortel supplied a core network based on Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 s. Nortel's switch clustering technology provides sub-second failover, assuring network availability at multi-Gigabit speeds and offering terabit capacity. The Nortel Communication Server 1000 provides IP telephony, with Nortel IP Phone 2002 s, Nortel IP Phone 2004 s and Nortel IP Audio Conference Phone 2033 s enabling users to gain the full benefit of its functionality.

For wireless networking, Nortel installed Nortel WLAN Access Point 2330 s, secured by the Nortel WLAN Security Switch 2380 . The Nortel WLAN IP Telephony Manager 2245 provides Quality of Service and Nortel WLAN Handset 2210 s and Nortel WLAN Handset 2211 s deliver wireless IP telephony capability. Finally, the Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 5510 and the Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 5530 provide Gigabit connectivity for the 70km link between the LOFAR antenna array and the site in Groningen.

Results & Benefits
  • State-of-the-art data platform thanks to a scalable, future-proof and ultra high-speed local network
  • High-performance Wide Area Networking with high-speed connectivity to a remote supercomputer
  • Reduced telephony costs through a converged all-IP communications platform
  • Flexible working for end users provided by a Wireless LAN solution supporting both voice and data
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