UK gets new network update for 18 million users

Education and research network organisation Janet UK has signed a contract to replace its Netsight monitoring system with software and support services firm Tessella.

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Education and research network organisation Janet UK has signed a contract to replace its Netsight monitoring system with software and support services firm Tessella.

The Janet network, which links more than 18 million users in research and education establishments across the UK, is run by government-funded Janet UK – formerly the UK Education and Research Networking Association – on behalf of the Further and Higher Education Funding Councils’ joint information systems committee JISC.

Under the terms of the contract, awarded through the Office of Government Commerce’s Catalist framework agreement, Tessella will redesign and redevelop Netsight, the system that provides visibility into the network’s performance.

The deal is aimed at meeting the growing needs of Janet’s user community and incorporating improvements in monitoring technology.

Janet UK wants the new monitoring system to have high level of end-user interactivity, high resilience and scalability to allow it to handle potential connections to 30,000 organisations.

The upgraded Netsight system is expected to be centralised to make network management easier but also to allow devolved administration to a series of operators who manage different areas of the network. It will be designed to allow at least five years’ storage of measurement data.

The new system will be constructed on a modular basis to offer greater flexibility in meeting future requirements and will have security measures built in.

Janet UK is expecting the Netsight system to be completed by the end of the year so it can be rolled out early in 2008.

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