Skip navigation
Skip navigation
You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser.

New Gigabit Ethernet Solution Provides High-Speed Computing Services and Internet Access for 14,500 Students and Faculty

Enterasys Networks Inc. (NYSE: ETS), a leader in enterprise networking solutions, today announced a contract with University College Cork in Dublin, Ireland to provide 14,500 students and faculty with high-speed computing services and Internet access. The contract, valued over £150,000 involves a major upgrade of the campus LAN (Local Area Network) and is part of an overall £300,000 investment in IT infrastructure by the college. The LAN upgrade will be completed on a phased basis over the next nine months.

Investment in Information Technology is a top priority for management of University College Cork, which aims to position itself as the premier university in Ireland. Henry O’Keeffe, Head of Systems and Network Engineering, (UCC) explains how this project is helping to achieve standards of excellence in teaching, research and the student experience. “Our mission is to respond to the changing needs of the College by identifying and deploying appropriate technologies. Upgrading the current network backbone from ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) to Gigabit Ethernet affirms our commitment to excellence by providing next-generation network services to students and staff, as well as catering for considerable network expansion over the next five years.”

In evaluating potential suppliers and products, the College set stringent technical specifications in terms of data throughput and resiliency. These specifications were best matched by the Enterasys solution, which includes X-Pedition ER16 multilayer switch-routers in the network core. The X-Pedition provides multilayer security, application load balancing and traffic prioritisation to meet the bandwidth demands of the College’s e-learning environment.

“Future-proofing was also a key decision-making criterion for us,” comments Henry O’Keeffe. “The X-Pedition is designed to scale to handle newer high-capacity technologies such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet. This clearly helps to protect our financial investment and ensures the network infrastructure can deliver the type of services required by our users both now and in the future.”

The core X-Pedition switch routers are connected to six Matrix E5 modular switches in the wiring closets. The Matrix E5’s distributed switching architecture ensures fault tolerance and high-availability of bandwidth-intensive applications for users. With an impressive combination of performance, cost-effectiveness and advanced features, the Matrix E5 represents a key building block in advanced IT infrastructures.

According to Didier Lebret-Renault, this contract firmly establishes Enterasys Networks as a “strategic supplier of choice to the educational sector in Ireland, north and south.” Enterasys Networks has already completed major network infrastructure projects for Dundalk Institute of Technology and Queens University, Belfast.

About University College Cork

University College Cork (UCC) was originally founded in 1845 under the name Queen’s College, Cork. UCC offers undergraduate and graduate programs, supporting a broad range of subjects with international recognition for both research and teaching quality. The college aims to recruit, retain and nurture high-quality faculty as well as a diverse body of high-quality, motivated students from within Ireland and overseas. For more information, visit

About Enterasys Networks

Enterasys Networks (NYSE: ETS) is a leading worldwide provider of communications infrastructures for enterprise-class customers. Enterasys’ networking hardware and software offerings deliver the innovative security, availability and mobility solutions required by Global 2000 organizations coupled with the industry’s strongest service and support. For more information, visit

This press release contains projections and other forward-looking statements regarding the future financial performance of the Company or other future events and circumstances, and actual results, events and circumstances could differ materially. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts or guarantees of future performance, and are based on current estimates and numerous assumptions. These estimates and assumptions reflect subjective judgments concerning future events and circumstances and may be incomplete or incorrect, and unanticipated events or circumstances may occur causing these estimates and assumptions to be wrong. Risks that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those described in the projections or forward-looking statements include business disruption, market perceptions, and economic trends associated with the recent terrorist activities experienced in the United States as well as any continuation or repercussions thereof or responses thereto, as well as risks associated with competitive conditions, pricing and margin pressures as a result of product shifts and changes in market dynamics, greater use of, and expenses associate with, distributors and resellers, limited management resources, the Company’s acquisition strategy, extension or deterioration of prevailing economic conditions, volatility in the stock markets and market valuations being placed on communications infrastructure and service companies, technological changes, intellectual property protection and related issues, dependence on suppliers and contract manufacturers, and potential volatility in operating results, among others. For a more detailed discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties related to the company's business, please refer to the most recent filings of Enterasys Networks, Inc. and Cabletron Systems Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Cabletron’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 2, 2001 and their other more recent reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.

Editorial Contacts:

Martin Brindley/Adrian Brophy
MCC International Ltd
Tel: +44 1962 888100

This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of MCC International Ltd in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit