Network and Connectivity
In addition to direct connections to commodity Internet carriers, the UArizona connection to Internet2 is through the Sun Corridor Network – an Arizona regional network established through a collaborative effort sponsored by the Arizona Board of Regents’ (ABOR) three state universities – Arizona State University (ASU), Northern Arizona University (NAU), and the University of Arizona (UArizona). The Sun Corridor Network provides advanced networking services beyond those available from the individual Arizona Universities and builds an environment essential to leading-edge education, research, and the sharing of digital communications resources, network services, and applications among eligible members.
The UArizona manages and operates the Sun Corridor Network. The current connection from UA UArizona to Sun Corridor is dual 10G, while Sun Corridor is connected to Internet2 via dual 100G connections in Tucson and Phoenix. Network traffic to Internet2 is automatically routed via the Internet2 infrastructure; no action or configuration by the user is required to take advantage of Internet2 connectivity.
The UArizona’s Research Data Center has 40GB/s connections to the UArizona core with all the servers connected by 1GB/s or 10GB/s connections. In-rack switching is enabled with Cisco FEX switches used in a top of rack configuration in both data centers with servers connected to two different switches for (N + 1) redundancy.
In addition to direct connectivity to the campus network at the building level, researchers have an opportunity to use a Science DMZ for fast and high volume data transfers to outside collaborating institutions. The Science DMZ is deployed at the University of Arizona network perimeter, outside border firewalls, and is directly connected to Sun Corridor via 10G link. It is secured via static access lists deployed at the Sun Corridor router without impact to performance. There are two high-performance Data Transfer Nodes (DTNs) deployed in the Science DMZ. DTN’s are dedicated servers with hardware and operating system optimized for high speed transfer.