CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works.

At CERN, the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments are used to study the basic constituents of matter — the fundamental particles. By studying what happens when these particles collide, physicists learn about the laws of Nature.

Using such complex technology – like the proton collider, which produces huge quantities of data that need to be stored efficiently and reliably – CERN needs a first-rate network provider to support its IT infrastructure.

With data usage equating to a 100 megapixel camera taking 40 million pictures per second, this video case study investigates how Force10 Networks’s technology forms the core of CERN’s operations, as well as providing outreach to its eleven tier one sectors.

The commentary includes explanations from those in the field, as well as informative examples of CERN, its data centre and Force10’s technology in action, focusing on the growing business need for high-performance, reliable and scalable networks that can keep power and cooling costs to a minimum.