CERN’s New Data Center Launched with GEANT’s New Terabit Network

CERN’S new data center in Budapest is going to be one of the first to be benefited by GEANT’s new terabit network. CERN’s new data center will be hosted by the Wigner Research Center for Physics in Hungary. Apart from hosting the data center, the research center will process and store data from CERN for the Large Haldron Collider (LHC). Together with CERN it will be the first to utilize multiple new 100Gbps links. It also accurately represents the type of big data needs the network has been built to stay ahead of.

The LHC generates around 30 petabytes of data every year, and this data needs to be transmitted to data centers around the world to ensure

the success of LHC. This data transmission is taken care by GEANT together with the National Education and Research Network partners. They ensure fast data transmission along with high speed global links to data centers across the world.

David Foster, Deputy Head of the CERN IT Department explained the importance of the network, “Having a remote site and operations places a lot of requirements on the networking solutions. Together with GÉANT and NIIF/Hungarnet, as well as our research and education and commercial partners, we will be implementing state-of-the-art capabilities to connect CERN and Wigner. The GÉANT network is fundamental to our data transfer needs, and we’re delighted that we will be continuing this successful relationship.”

The Budapest facility is going to be an extension to CERN’s existing data center; providing business continuity in case of an obstacle in the ongoing process.

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