In August 2015, the University of Pittsburgh was the first university in Pennsylvania to provide an expanded 10 gigabit per second (Gbps) network connecting all of its campus locations to KINBER’s high-performance Pennsylvania Research and Education Network, also known as PennREN.
“The University’s new strategic plan identifies a foundation of outstanding infrastructure and enriched connections as keys to continued and expanded success,” said Jinx P. Walton, Chief Information Officer of the University of Pittsburgh and KINBER board chair.
“The increased capacity provided by these new connections is a concrete example of strong infrastructure that can enable research collaboration and efficient learning opportunities at and between all five of Pitt’s campuses,” she said.
Pitt faculty, staff and students on campuses located in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, Pittsburgh and Titusville will be able to take advantage of the new 10 Gbps connectivity and the higher bandwidth speed it provides for their research and education efforts. Members of the Pitt community on the regional campuses will now have a higher speed connection to the enterprise resources, commodity Internet, and research networks centralized at the University’s Pittsburgh hub.
“Pitt is a Pennsylvania trailblazer in providing high performance network infrastructure that will enable leading edge network based applications and services university-wide,” said Wendy Huntoon, KINBER President and CEO.
She added that the greater bandwidth enables the use of various data-intensive applications providing expanded research capabilities as well as supporting enhanced academic and administrative systems, like video, e-learning systems and payroll.
KINBER is pleased to work with Pitt and other Pennsylvania institutions in joining other organizations nationwide that have already migrated to 10 Gbps or 100 Gbps based network infrastructure.
“Now that Pennsylvania has a statewide research and education network, our institutions of higher learning and other community anchors have access to affordable 10 Gbps deployments that can improve their organizations and the communities they serve.” Huntoon said.