Rutgers University Taps Cisco Systems' Resilient Packet Ring Technology, Dynamic Packet Transport, to Help Build its RUNet Network
University Joins More Than 200 Customers Using Cisco's DPT/RPR Solution; Brings the Power of the Internet and IP to its Metro Campus Internetworking Design
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 12, 2002 - Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, today announced Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is deploying Cisco's Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) technology, Dynamic Packet Transport (DPT) across its network to help simplify its network backbone. Cisco's DPT/RPR technology also helps to increase scalability and redundancy in Rutgers' metro campus internetworking design, part of its RUNet project.
Using Cisco's DPT/RPR solution, Rutgers is implementing a packet ring solution that combines the intelligence of IP routing with the bandwidth efficiencies of optical rings. In this application, the DPT core ring with 10/100Mbs and Gigabit Ethernet access points, helps the university to expand its regional metro campus internetworking solution without additional SONET (Synchronous Optical Network) devices, third-party products or extensive new management and training concerns.
"Rutgers is committed to research and academic excellence and the technology infrastructure required to support it. This is why we began the RUNet project, a part of the university's bold strategic plan to become a top-ranked public research university by 2010. This plan requires an infrastructure and services upgrade, but we were concerned about how to do it economically," said Michael McKay, executive director of computing and information technology at Rutgers. "High-speed data transport and increasing the speed and capacity of inter-campus links is a key piece of this project. With Cisco's 12000 series Internet Routers, a proven investment protection plan, and the simplified network operations of its DPT/RPR solution, we knew Cisco's solutions could help us make RUNet a reality."
Rutgers chose several Cisco products to support its network restructuring and expansion, including, Catalyst 2900 Series, 3500 Series XL, 4900 Series and 6000 Family Switches for its network access needs; as well as 12000 Series Routers utilizing Cisco's resilient packet ring technology, DPT, for its Metro, high-speed provider edge and IP backbone requirements. Currently, DPT is deployed in more than 200 customer networks worldwide, with more than 15,000 ports shipped.
Roland Acra, group vice president, Internet Routing Group for Cisco Systems added, "High-speed, reliable and affordable Internet access as well as Internet-based communications are quickly becoming the driving factors for the expansion and improvement of educational research networks. By looking to expand its metro area network with both bandwidth and performance using Cisco Systems' technology, Rutgers is a prime example of how leading universities will be able to provide students and staff with sophisticated network services such as voice and video economically."
About RutgersEstablished in 1766, Rutgers is America's eighth-oldest institution of higher learning and one of the nations premier public research universities. It serves more than 50,000 students on campuses in Camden, Newark and New Brunswick/Piscataway, NJ.
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