Ciena is joining the Secure Autonomous Response programmable networks project, SARNET in exploring how software defined networking (SDN) can help alleviate cyber-attacks and program networks to provide enhanced cyber-terror detection and defense. SARNET utilizes a unique, multi-purpose, high-capacity research network and allows researchers to trial advanced network detection and defensive functionalities that automatically reconfigure around anomalies to help create and control agile, resilient and high-performing architectures.
SARNET is a four year collaboration agreement between the University of Amsterdam(UvA), the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), an airline and Ciena to explore methods for autonomous Internet security. The SARNET project allows researchers to automatically create, manipulate, move and remove network services as needed.
The research network will leverage Ciena’s SDN-enabled 8700 Packetwave platform with multiple research laboratories, including UvA, which is connected to Ciena’s Ottawa, Canada R&D facilities via its OPn research network.