Telindus selected as SURFnet8 service layer provider

12 Dec 2017 Utrecht - On 27 November 2017, Telindus and SURF signed the SURFnet8 service layer contract. In September, Telindus won the European tender for this, which was awarded by SURF. SURF is upgrading SURFnet network's optical and service layers, thus further enhancing the wired parts of the national education and research network. Telindus and SURF will begin implementing the SURFnet8 service layer in 2018, following the new optical layer.

The service layer contains the network equipment used to offer network services to institutions. The new service layer allows SURF to focus on the software side of the infrastructure, utilizing automation and orchestration for the desired flexibility. SURF is currently developing an automation architecture for this purpose. Telindus made the most suitable offer for the new service layer. In this solution, hardware and software are connected using Software-Defined technology. The future SURFnet network will be more flexible, partly due to this, allowing changes to be made more quickly and easily.

Geert Degezelle, Managing Director of Telindus, stated: "We have a real affinity with SURF's strong innovative character. Managing services in the new network environment, which is becoming increasingly virtualised and automated, requires specialist knowledge and know-how. We are extremely pleased with this fine collaboration, in which our expertise lends added value to SURF's mission."

Erwin Bleumink, SURF board member, stated: "The new service layer offers increased availability and better expansion with more capacity. Enhanced with our automation architecture the SURFnet network is state-of-the-art and ensures that we can respond quickly to new developments. We are looking forward to carrying out these innovations together with Telindus."

In order to meet users' (future) requirements, SURF is working towards an open and programmable network by upgrading the optical and service layers. In addition to a high degree of reliability and continuity, this network also offers greater flexibility for the development of new features and network services.

Source: SURF