University of Warwick installs 10G Ethernet backbone

10 March 2003 -- The University of Warwick, UK, and network services and solutions provider, Telindus, have selected Extreme Networks' 10 Gigabit Ethernet backbone for a campus network.

10 March 2003 -- The University of Warwick, UK, and network services and solutions provider, Telindus, have selected Extreme Networks' 10 Gigabit Ethernet backbone for a campus network.

The deal is valued at around GBP1.8m, with implementation planned for 2003 in time to go live for the next academic year.

Mary Visser, assistant director of IT Services, University of Warwick, said, "Students want fast network access. Library material should be simple and quick to view and this new backbone will give our students the best network facilities available."

Telindus will install Extreme's Black Diamond switches containing 10 Gig Ethernet blades at the core and a selection of Summit switches at the edge of the campus network. The new backbone will allow the University to provide students and staff with high-speed access to university and Internet services at any point in time.

Every one of the 6,000 points around the campus will have a network connection of 100Mbit/s to the edge, which will run Gigabit Ethernet to the core to enable the transmission of library files, e-learning material or multimedia content, and for the provision of future voice and video streaming applications.

Paul Phillips, UK & Ireland Academia Sector Manager at Extreme Networks, said "As the first Educational institution in the UK to implement a 10 Gigabit Ethernet backbone, this is a really exciting project for us.

"It is a logical move for the university, which needs to guarantee bandwidth intensive applications while facing growing demands from its user communities. 10 Gigabit Ethernet with robust quality of service will become the new benchmark for the network core. Warwick is leading this technology revolution."

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