NYSERNet's New York City Metro Dark Fiber Network (DFN) offers participating NYSERNet members the potential to deploy nearly unlimited bandwidth capacity at a fixed price. Custom built by NYSERNet , the DFN spans the greater New York City area, incorporating NYSERNet’s carrier class colocation facility at 32 Avenue of the Americas (The Colo@32), together offering participants:
- economical, high-performance access to the NYSERNet Research & Education Network;
- economical, high-performance access to NYSERNet lambda and circuit services;
- economical access to commercial Internet service providers;
- opportunities to implement private intra- and inter-institutional networks.
By building a new fiber network customized to the needs of its member institutions, NYSERNet created a survivable and scalable infrastructure while taking advantage of the latest in fiber optic technology. Both the fiber network and colocation facilities are flexible, accommodating growth from current and future participants.
The NYSERNet Dark Fiber Network is no different from the type of fiber assets controlled by the major telecommunication carriers except that it is entirely controlled by the participating institutions, even to the extent of selecting, acquiring and managing the equipment used for lighting the fibers. The DFN offers improved network reliability in a cost-effective manner with diversely routed fiber loops available and diverse colocation facilities and data centers on-net.
The DFN allows participants to hand-off data traffic among their own sites, to other DFN participants, and to network and application service providers. Participants may also leverage NYSERNet's statewide optical network to extend their networks to NYSERNet's Central New York Data Center enabling implementation of sophisticated disaster recovery and business continuity strategies.
The DFN offers participants a unique solution for meeting current network services needs while positioning them to scale gracefully and economically to meet the evolving needs of their end-users. By controlling transport options through participation in the NYSERNet DFN, institutions can meet the evolving demands of new applications and ride the declining cost curves for higher bandwidth with emerging optical network equipment and technologies.
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