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GCN : April 2013
GCN APRIL 2013 • GCN.COM 9 Whenever someone asks where the largest ber-optic LAN in the world is, from now on, the correct answer is Albuquerque, NM. That may seem strange, but not considering that the net- work is on the campus of Sandia National Laboratories. The Lab's optical network offers 10 gigabit/sec speeds, with the possibility of going as fast as 100 gigabits in the near future, according to the lab. Space also is saved as the thin ber cable gives everyone at Sandia access to LAN, phone, data and video services. Most of the bulky infrastructure and overhead racks required to serve a copper network have been eliminated. Sandia manager Jeremy Banks in a statement put it this way: Where a conventional LAN serving 900 customers requires a space the size of three double ovens, an optical network serv- ing 8,000 requires only a microwave oven-sized space. Where copper cable required Sandia to maintain and man- age 600 separate switches in the eld, the new optical LAN allows technicians to operate a data center inside a single building with simple, standard ports going out to all of ces. The network supports the high-speed throughput needed for the lab's work, and calculations for the National Nuclear Secu- rity Administration. • The stuff of world's largest fiber optic LAN BY JOHN BREEDEN II SANDIA NETWORK, BY THE NUMBERS BROUGHT TO YOU BY SPONSORED BY This webcast, the third in the series titled, "3 Strategies for Lowering the Cost of Government through IT Innovation" will cover: Accelerating Access to Resources and Applications Simplifying and Automating Operations Management Delivering the Best SLAs for All Applications Register Now at: www.GCN.com/MissionReadyCloud REGISTER NOW FOR THIS FREE WEBCAST AT: WWW.GCN.COM/MISSIONREADYCLOUD How to Build and Manage a Complete Cloud Infrastructure to Reduce Risk and Optimize ROI UPCOMING WEBCAST | APRIL 17, 2013 Building a Mission-Ready Cloud Infrastructure Year the first building at Sandia went fully fiber optic. Number of fiber network ports online at Sandia today. Percentage of copper network that has been replaced campus-wide so far. Dollars the used copper wires were worth when recycled. Dollars the project cost all together. Percentage of energy savings Sandia expects to achieve once the network is fully running. Dollars the lab expects to save over the next five years due to the upgraded network. 1980 13,000 90 80,000 15 million 65 20 million