Deployed over 1,540 miles of dark fiber, the FLR network infrastructure provides for a dedicated statewide communications facility linking major nodes located in Pensacola, Crestview, Tallahassee, Tampa, Winter Haven, Miami, Orlando, Gainesville, Melbourne, Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville. FLR also provides direct connectivity to a wide range of domestic and international research networks, including Internet2, AMPath, AMLight, and AtlanticWave networking infrastructures.
The foundation of the infrastructure is a dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM)-based optical footprint using Cisco Systems’ NCS 2000 optical electronic systems with a capacity of 40 wavelengths per fiber pair. Each wavelength can support transmission up to 100 billion bits per second (100 Gbps). On top of the optical infrastructure is built an Ethernet based MPLS transport facility. This provides for Internet, Internet2 and high speed IPv4 and IPv6 transit between participants. Additionally, private layer 2 or layer 3 services (VPN) may be provisioned.
Each Equity Partner is provided a primary 10 Gbps and a secondary 1 Gbps connection to the MPLS backbone. Through advanced technologies, multiple waves are available along the optical backbone in support of primary and secondary access for each partner institution, as well as dedicated waves for research activities across institutional boundaries.
The network operations center is hosted at the University of Florida. For more information, see the FLR NOC website.