Florida Public Service Commission selects Enterasys Networks' switched Gigabit Ethernet backbone

May 15, 2001
May 14, 2001--Enterasys Networks announced that the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has selected an Enterasys Networks switched Gigabit Ethernet backbone to deliver reliable, high-performance network connectivity to core agency applications.

Enterasys Networks announced that the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has selected an Enterasys Networks switched Gigabit Ethernet backbone to deliver reliable, high-performance network connectivity to core agency applications. Utilizing Enterasys' switching and routing technology, the PSC has designed a highly available network infrastructure to support a variety of business applications and productivity tools, including a customized consumer activity tracking database, resulting in improved efficiency of processing consumer inquiries.

Regulating the state's investor-owned utility companies, the PSC's primary responsibility is to ensure that Florida consumers receive safe and reliable service at fair and reasonable rates. Spreadsheet, word processing software, multiple customized database applications and high speed Internet access, is utilized for the bulk of the PSC's regulatory and consumer services work. In addition, the agency's consumer activity management system, comprised of the customized consumer tracking database, manages the flow of documents and phone support contacts related to consumer inquiries and is a critical tool used to efficiently handle and track progress on individual customer cases. The PSC has been able to avoid moving into a client-server database architecture for their many customized database applications because of the robust performance of the Enterasys infrastructure. Client-server architecture reduces traffic on network infrastructure but is both costly and time-consuming to implement.

The PSC's network includes a combination of Enterasys X-Pedition 8600 routers and Matrix E6 switches, providing Gigabit Ethernet and Fast Ethernet to more than 400 people.

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) regulates investor-owned electric, natural gas, and telecommunications utilities throughout the state, as well as water and wastewater utilities in those counties that have opted to transfer such jurisdiction to the PSC. The PSC has jurisdiction over municipally owned electric utilities and electric cooperatives with regard to rate structure, territorial boundaries, bulk power supply operations, planning and safety; and over municipally owned natural gas utilities with regard to territorial boundaries and safety.

About Enterasys:

Enterasys Networks provides communications infrastructures for enterprise-class customers. For more information, visit www.enterasys.com.

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