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.