Deutsche Telekom ICSS to link CERN sites in eastern Europe

Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS) has been appointed to provide a high-speed data connection between the CERN data centre in Geneva and a recently established Wigner Research Centre for Physics in Budapest, Hungary.

The deal, which is supported by local Deutsche unit T-Systems Switzerland, will see the carrier provide an Ethernet connection between the two sites, supporting transmission speeds of up to 100Gbps.

Through the connection, CERN, which operates the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), will be able to transmit large volumes of data between Geneva and Budapest.

“We believe our deep technical expertise and network quality were key,” said Holger Magnussen, SVP, ICSS at Deutsche Telekom. “We were able to make a tailored offer within a relatively short time through the close collaboration of experts from T-Systems Switzerland and the ICSS and Global Network units.”

CERN’s experiments generate huge amounts of data, which is processed by the organisation through a distributed computing system with partner institute, the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid. The Wigner site was established to create additional IT capacity for research activities.

“The state-of-the-art Deutsche Telekom 100Gbps circuit between CERN and the Wigner Research Centre for Physics in Budapest will not only expand our physics processing capabilities, but will also allow us to refine our business continuity strategy,” said David Foster, deputy head of the CERN IT Department.