Eye of the Storm in Action

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-02-26 Print this article Print

World's largest 802.11n wireless deployment

Entuity just completed the network support for the world's largest 802.11n wireless deployment, in a surprising place-at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.

The UM wireless network is a centrally managed service that supports the mobility needs of campus affiliates and guests for wireless Internet access using laptops, PDAs, cellular phones and other specialized wireless devices.

Entuity helped the UM Office of Information Technology meet a primary goal of implementing a manageable, expandable and scalable 802.11n wireless network to accommodate campuswide coverage over approximately 9,500 access points spread across more than 300 buildings upon full deployment.

The system provides a number of services, but the key ones are early alerting to and analysis of trends in network stability, accessibility and wireless access quality.

About 80,000 people are affiliated with UM across 1,204 acres on the campus. Most of them have some kind of wireless device, Entuity's Camber said.

"Although the primary objective of the wireless upgrade project was to provide fast, flexible and secure wireless access to our user community, it needed to be done in a way that was complementary to our existing infrastructure and would not introduce new maintenance headaches," said Louis Hammond, director of design and operations networking at UM. "Managing the new wireless environment in our existing network management solution, Eye of the Storm, allows us to leverage existing processes and expertise, giving us economies of acquisition, deployment, operation and ongoing maintenance."

Another point of interest in the UM deployment is an implementation of a viable green IT program, which identifies and details infrastructure power and cost reduction opportunities.

Using the software's Green IT Perspective, new in this latest version, to track the nightly workstation shut-down of more than 50,000 devices, UM plans to save more than $2 million in total annual utility costs at 100 percent compliance-a significant savings both monetarily and in CO2 output. 

As eWEEK noted at the beginning of the year, automation is the watchword for 2009.  Entuity has brought that new-generation automation to the networking sector in a big way.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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