Managed Access and Edge

Connecting member’s local network with the REANNZ network

Edge devices, including switches and routers, connect a member’s local network with the REANNZ network, enabling members to transfer data. Members use either a REANNZ managed edge device or manage this entry point themselves.

REANNZ managed edge devices are engineered and configured for high performance, and where required high availability, to meet the specialist needs of the research community when transferring large volumes of data. This offering is called Managed Access and Edge (MAE).

REANNZ engineers draw on their experience with the international and national research and education community to design, specify, supply, install and operate equipment on the member’s site to meet their needs:

  • A number of hardware options allow a choice of performance and functionality based on the member’s requirements, including hardware redundancy eg dual power supplies, or an extensive range of Layer 2 and Layer 3 features.

  • MAE devices can switch and route traffic at line rate and have buffers to deal with traffic volumes and flows.

  • They provide highly-developed performance metrics, including real-time monitoring and alerting.

  • REANNZ members have direct access to the 24/7 REANNZ Weathermap to determine the status of their edge device and for an overview of the national network and traffic flow.

  • All managed edge devices are supported by the same people, systems, and resources that are running the core network.

  • MAE includes devices that may be used as part of a member's Science DMZ infrastructure. 

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