When I published my previous blog in July, we were hard at work on the preparations for the first SURFnet8 migration. What have we achieved since the summer? And what are our plans for the next few months? I will cover that in this blog.
Successful first migration on the production network
Overnight from 22 to 23 August was the date; engineers from Quanza and SURFnet migrated the first branch of SURFnet’s production network. The branch we were working on runs from Zwolle to Nijmegen via Deventer, Apeldoorn and Arnhem. This first migration, in which the optical hardware was replaced, was done during the night. The migration went well, and was completed within the expected time. We are currently gaining experience with the new equipment in this part of the network. The migrated branch is included in all the management systems and is functioning properly. So: time for the next migrations. These migrations will take place during the day, in order to reduce the burden on the institutions to a minimum, and so as to be able to carry out the migrations in the shortest possible time.
Setbacks in the second migration
The second branch to be migrated is between Zwolle and Nijmegen via Enschede. We had hoped to be able to complete this migration by the end of September, but, unfortunately, we haven’t yet completed it… We are running into practical challenges at various points in the network, including in this branch. Things like inadequate power supply and not enough space in the cabinets. These challenges are not unexpected, but are proving to be less tractable than we had hoped. The migration of the next branch is therefore taking rather longer than expected, but we have not been sitting on our hands in the meantime.
We are carrying on with installation activities
We are working hard on the installation of all the new equipment. So far, the equipment has been installed in about half of the locations. Instead of installing each branch and migrating it, we are therefore first carrying out (the majority of) the installation activities. This means we are making the most efficient possible use of the time.
Lab demo for SURFnet8 stakeholders group
In September, we also organised a lab demo for our stakeholders group. The SURFnet8 stakeholders group consists of network experts from the education and research institutions. In the lab, we were able to show them how the migrations are being carried out, so that the institutions know how we are implementing our new optical layer.
We are expecting to be able to migrate the second branch within the next few weeks. The third branch to be migrated runs from Nijmegen to Eindhoven via Heerlen and Maastricht. We expect that – as soon as the practical challenges are resolved – we shall be able to migrate rapidly, because the migration scenario has been tested extensively, and because we are already well-advanced with the installation activities. We expect the implementation of the new optical layer to be completed during the first quarter of 2018.
Affected institutions are being informed about the activities via the regular channels. If you would like to learn more about the SURFnet8 implementation process, please visit www.surf.nl/en/surfnet8 or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.