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College of New Caledonia Upgrades Campus Network with AvayaConverged Infrastructure Solutions

01-23-2003
  • Students and Faculty benefit from faster, more stable networkand simplified network management

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of communicationsnetworks and services for businesses, today announced the Collegeof New Caledonia (CNC), which offers one of the mosttechnologically advanced lab college centres in the CanadianCollege system, has upgraded its campus network with Avayaconverged infrastructure solutions

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider ofcommunications networks and services for businesses, todayannounced the College of New Caledonia (CNC), which offers one ofthe most technologically advanced lab college centres in theCanadian College system, has upgraded its campus network with Avayaconverged infrastructure solutions1.

The installation of the new converged infrastructure switches atCNC, based in British Columbia, will increase bandwidth at thedesktop level from 10 to 100 megabytes. This will accommodatesoftware such as Auto CAD® and ArcInfo® that is required forprograms such as Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems(GIS) Technology and Engineering Design.

The upgrades will provide the speed and bandwidth required fordelivery of robust data applications across the campus environment.In addition, network management will be simplified with theimplementation of Avaya VisAbility™ Management Suite.

"We were seeing a lot of demand and strain on the bandwidth andneeded to give the students the confidence they needed to depend onthe technology," said Steven Shelley, Manager of Computer Services."The consequent Avaya upgrades to the backbone and the completecommunications network resulted in higher throughput and stabilitythroughout the entire college."

In addition to deploying Avaya's converged infrastructuresolutions, CNC has also implemented Avaya VisAbility ManagementSuite, which allows users to manage complex network infrastructures— including both voice and data communications — through a commonWeb-based user interface. Previously, CNC system administratorswere bound to a single console station to manage the system — asituation that was less than ideal when servicing college campusesspanning 117,500 square kilometres across British Columbia. Now,with the Avaya VisAbility Management software, administrators canaccess and manage information from remote locations, even changingsystem parameters from off-site, improving network uptime,increasing staff productivity and reducing operating costs.

"For a small college as remote as CNC, we depend on a smallinternal staff and need to be able to manage our networks ourselveswith little service disruption." adds Shelley. "The Avaya solutionsenable the necessary stability and network management capabilitieswithout requiring additional support to maintain our communicationssystem."

The upgraded network, supplied by Avaya Business Partner,Dynavar Networking, includes the Avaya™ P580 MultiService Switch asthe campus backbone to provide the necessary bandwidth andswitching and routing capabilities. The Avaya™ P333T switches, partof the Avaya™ P330 Stackable Switching Family, are used foraggregating wiring closets in which the Avaya™ P130 WorkgroupSwitch and Avaya™ P120 switches are deployed. Subsequent upgradesto the peripherals of the network at each campus will continuegradually over the next year.

"In today's competitive educational environment, it's importantfor the College of New Caledonia to be able to offer its studentsthe most robust networks to support their educationalrequirements," said Patrick Lance, Vice President of Marketing ofAvaya Canada. "As the College's network demands grow, the Avayaconverged infrastructure solutions offer the scalability thatallows for easy expansion and upgrades."

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks formore than 1 million businesses worldwide, including 90 percent ofthe FORTUNE 500. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is aworld leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP)telephony systems and communications software applications andservices.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications withbusiness applications — and distinguished by comprehensiveworldwide services — Avaya helps customers leverage existing andnew networks to achieve superior business results.

Avaya has Canadian headquarters in Markham, Ontario, and officesacross the country. For more information about Avaya, visit its Website at http://www.avaya.ca.

About the College of New Caledonia
The College of New Caledonia has been an institution of firstchoice for students of B.C.'s Central Interior since 1969. With acommitment to growth and a focus on quality instruction andservices that support our students, the college continuouslyreceives high ratings. For more information please visit the CNCWeb site: www.cnc.bc.ca.

About Dynavar Networking, Inc.
Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta and Bellevue, Washington, with20 offices throughout North America, Dynavar Networking provisionsand supports a wide variety of internetworking products.Specializing in the service provider space related to the Internet,Dynavar does extensive work with telephone companies, CompetitiveLocal Exchange Carriers (CLECs) and Internet Service Providers andenterprise customers throughout North America and abroad. In theenterprise market, Dynavar provides specialized products andservices for sophisticated networking requirements, with varyinglevels of customer support. From simple fulfillment to completeturnkey application engineering, installation and support, Dynavarcan satisfy enterprise needs no matter how complex. To contactDynavar please call 877-DYNAVAR (877-396-2827).

1 Converged infrastructure incorporates openstandards based software, media servers and gateways, and localarea network (LAN) switches optimized to support voice, video anddata networking. These components enable distribution of voice anddata functionality features over a business' LAN/WAN or,alternatively, over circuit-switched systems that have a gatewayconnection to the LAN.

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