High-Speed Research Network

NIH supports a modernized enterprise network that serves over 40,000 people in more than 100 labs and facilities. The NIH network connects thousands of scientific research devices, laptops, desktops, and mobile devices to better support mission-critical research and NIH’s key business operations. Network services include:

  • Deployment of a 100-gigabit network infrastructure that enables a robust path for data-sharing and has four times the capability of the legacy network
  • Creation of a new 100-gigabit connection to Internet 2
  • Implementation of a Science DMZ, a dedicated, virtual research network for scientists
  • Expansion of the wireless network service to support patients, staff, and visitors
  • Upgrading of the on-campus cellular service
  • Increasing the capacity of NIH’s Virtual Private Network (VPN)

NIH’s next-generation network allows for large amounts of data to be transferred at faster rates, supports the dynamic nature of scientific research, and provides flexibility for future expansion as the demands of the organization grow. Each day NIH transmits almost two petabytes of data across its network. This is equivalent to eight times all the material in the Library of Congress.

Download the NIH Network: Moving Big Science Data and Connecting Researchers Around the World fact sheet to learn more about the NIH Network or visit the service area page for Network Services.

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