Among the top U.S. public research institutes, the University of Arkansas aims to attract talent by offering the latest technology and blazing fast Internet access.
Elon Turner, Director of Infrastructure, University of Arkansas
Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having the highest possible level of research, the University of Arkansas ranks among the top two percent of U.S. colleges and universities. A prestigious grant provided the university an opportunity to upgrade its network to 100GbE.
The University of Arkansas must have fast, reliable connectivity to support researchers, handle the needs of faculty, staff, and students, and accommodate the shift to cloud services. Its research and education network needs are provided by the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON).
The university and ARE-ON knew they could turn to Juniper for blazing fast connectivity. MX Series routers were installed in 2010, and upgrading them from 10GbE to 100GbE was quick and easy. Engineers replaced the switch control boards and line cards in the MX960 and MX480 routers. The 100GbE network was up and running the same day.
Now the University of Arkansas has the fastest Internet connection in the state. The move to 100GbE has opened new research avenues and advanced cutting-edge work in areas such as Internet2. By upgrading the six-year old routers, the university achieved super-fast Internet access and protected its infrastructure investment, too.
Steven Fulkerson, Executive Director, ARE-ON