DANTE investment to provide even better networking
support to customers
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DANTE awards contract to
DANTE has signed an agreement with OPNET Technologies, Inc. a
leading provider of solutions for application and network performance
management, to boost IP network planning capacity for its projects, including
GÉANT, the pan-European network serving Europe’s research and education
software will assist DANTE in network modelling, by simulating growth and fault
scenarios, helping to maximise return on investment and minimise disruption to
network users. It will also provide a centralised documentation repository and
network configuration auditing function that will increase efficiencies of the
network operations teams leading to better support for its National Research and
Education Network (NREN) community.
A convergence of GÉANT’s IP network
services and the recent increase in the number of Points of Presence (PoPs) has
driven the requirement to invest in OPNET’s software that will keep up with the
rapid growth in size and reach of GÉANT and the other networks that DANTE
operates. OPNET software will also help maximise cost efficiencies by ensuring
the network capacity is being fully utilised.
Enhanced service for
Senior Engineer Tony Barber says, “This is a significant investment
but we strongly believe that implementing OPNET’s software technology will
provide far reaching savings as we adopt a more systematic approach to network
planning and growth. It will also assist our drive towards
better documentation and consistent configurations which can only be good news
for network stability and support and thus ultimately for the GEANT service
The agreement with OPNET is the result of the in-depth
procurement process with proof of concept workshops being conducted with four of
the industry’s leading suppliers of these systems. It was felt OPNET’s modular
product offering and comprehensive UK-based support team was the best solution
to support DANTE’s worldwide research and education networks.
Further press information:
Tamsin Henderson, DANTE:
+44 (0)1223 371391
DANTE is a non-profit organisation, coordinator of large-scale projects co-funded by the European Commission, and working in partnership with European National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) to plan, build and operate advanced networks for research and education. Established in 1993, DANTE has been fundamental to the success of pan-European research and education networking. DANTE has built and operates GÉANT, which provides the data communications infrastructure essential to the success of many research projects in Europe. DANTE is involved in worldwide initiatives to interconnect countries in the other regions to one another and to GÉANT. DANTE currently manages projects focused on the Mediterranean, Asia-Pacific, sub Saharan Africa and central Asia regions through the EUMEDCONNECT, TEIN, AfricaConnect and CAREN projects respectively.
For more information, visit www.dante.net
About OPNET Technologies, Inc.
OPNET Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of solutions for application and network performance management. OPNET's best-in-class solutions address: application performance management, network performance management, and network R&D. See www.opnet.com