Widener University Deploys RouteScience Control Boxes
RouteScience's PathControl routing devices enable the university to achieve high availability and performance without contracting with the highest-cost service providers.The WAN at Widener University in Chester, Penn., serves not only the schools own students, faculty and administrators but also users in 12 surrounding school districts and a local technology park. Acting in effect as a regional ISP, Widener requires high-level network performance and availability but at the same time must watch its costs. By installing route control devices that automatically move traffic to the most efficient link, it accomplishes both goals. Between its own users and external users, Widener provides Internet access to approximately 45,000, said Larry Pfeifer, network engineer at the university. Pfeifer contracts with two ISPs for two levels of bandwidth, a 45M-bps link and a 25M-bps link, he said. Over the summer, Widener installed PathControl routing devices from RouteScience Technologies Inc. PathControl manages WAN connectivity and hosted applications, enabling the university to achieve high availability and performance without contracting with the highest-cost service providers.
Automatic traffic routing saves Pfeifer and his staff approximately 10 hours of network management labor a week, he said. Calling the network performance "incredible," Pfeifer said the universitys Web site has achieved a 30 to 40 percent improvement.