Research body sees the benefit of business critical solutions

CERN has enhanced its mission critical IT infrastructure.

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research and  one of the world's leading laboratories for particle physics, has enhanced its mission critical IT infrastructure.


CERN has extended its business relationship with HP, in particular with the ProCurve networking unit who will provide a large number of networking products and solutions to the Geneva-based research organization, where the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest scientific instrument, is under construction.


In a drive to improve the reliability, speed and performance of its overall IT infrastructure, CERN has acquired 300 units of the ProCurve Switch 3400cl. The switches are being deployed on CERN's campus as well as used to connect the technology infrastructure at CERN that powers some of the world's leading scientific grid projects.


Ultimately, as many as 700 ProCurve 3400cl switches, which deliver intelligent, high performance at the edge of a network, could be deployed at CERN in the coming years. Approximately 250 units of the Layer 3 Gigabit LAN switches are being deployed in a PC farm in CERN's computer centre; the units will connect more than 6,000 PCs, which will be at the heart of the LHC computing grid.


This scientific grid is distributed globally to ensure that the relevant thousands of scientists worldwide will be capable of producing, storing and analysing an expected 15 petabytes (15 million gigabytes) of data each year by 2007 when the LHC is scheduled to begin operation.


"The decision to buy ProCurve was based on the high performance, low overall cost of ownership and increased network security we believe ProCurve's products will bring to our organization," comments David Foster, Communications, Systems and Networking Group Leader, CERN. "Furthermore, it was imperative that we chose a solid partner - one that is dedicated to investing in high technology and committed to long-term R&D partnerships.


"Sometimes our technical specification is slightly ahead of the industry standard - therefore we like working with vendors who are flexible enough to invest in developing appropriate solutions. Their Adaptive EDGE Architecture is in line with our campus strategy," adds Foster.

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