Merit upgrades and extends its prominent regional network to several Michigan school districts, public universities, government agencies, and other nonprofits.
Bob Stovall, vice president of network operations and engineering, Merit
Merit owns and operates the longest-running regional research and education network in the United States. Its recently expanded and upgraded network provides more than 300 organizations with secure, high-speed access to research, state, and national collaborative initiatives.
Merit needed to connect rural users and K-12 school districts throughout Michigan while supporting new virtual training applications for security, military, and law enforcement personnel. The regional network operator discovered it needed more powerful networking gear with technically advanced features.
MX480 routers and EX Series switches deliver network services to remote communities. QFX Series data center switches support hosted email and other cloud services. EX4500 and EX4600 switches support 10GbE connections in the campus and data center, and Merit manages multiple EX Series switches as a single device using Juniper’s Virtual Chassis technology.
A statewide optical network now supports K-12 connectivity, online testing, and student assessments, as well as cybersecurity education and training applications. It extends to rural areas across Michigan, connecting more than 200 community institutions to advanced network services.
Elwood Downing, vice president of membership outreach and engagement, Merit