Designing a Solution to Connect Colleges Throughout Vermont While Prioritizing Network Traffic
Vermont State Colleges (VSC).
VSC is an association of colleges that offer higher education to more than 13,000 students throughout the state. VSC includes five colleges with more than a dozen learning sites, as well as many remote learning opportunities.
VSC operated a managed services network that provided bandwidth to each site, but they required a higher-speed network with more flexibility. The new network is designed to support VSC's plans to expand their online courses and degree programs to reach a broader audience, as well as to deploy more hosted academic and administrative applications. The new network will carry voice, data and video traffic, and support prioritization so bandwidth allocation can be adjusted among academic, administrative and student residential usage as needed.
RCC provided many important services for VSC during this project, including:
Reviewed the existing network topology and architecture.
Performed physical surveys of all campuses to inspect current applications, systems, cable, infrastructure and networking.
Developed the technical, functional and operational requirements for the network.
Identified alternative network architectures, technologies and service providers who could deliver and support the required services.
VSC is currently implementing the MPLS network provided by a national carrier as a managed service.