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 http://www.ucc.ie
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
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