Linksys Network Switches Connect University Servers
Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems, recently donated 64 network switches to Carnegie Mellon as part of a network upgrade in the Computing Services data center. The gift is a key contribution in an expansive re-architecture, both in terms of function and cost. Valued at close to $34,000, the switches will help create a comprehensive management system throughout the data center.
"The data center houses all of the servers that perform critical university functions, such as campus-wide email, calendar, and administrative applications" said Dan McCarriar, assistant director of Network Services. "The new Linksys switches will help Computing Services staff ensure that those servers are effectively managed and monitored, both from campus and remote locations."
Thanks to Linksys's generosity, Network Services will be able to invest part of the previously-allocated renovation money elsewhere. The campus computing network, "Andrew," links every residence hall and campus office via high-speed data connections. In 2001, Carnegie Mellon became the first university to offer a wireless network that encompassed all campus buildings and key outdoor areas. Today, our network is comprised of more than 35,000 personal computers, workstations, and servers and more than 20,000 wireless connections.
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