Over 100 Sites Benefit from Reliable, High-Performance Communications Services
We’re so excited to be supporting students in Washington through an educational network that serves more than 100 schools. Comcast Business recently announced that it has been selected by the K-20 Education Network to provide a comprehensive, high speed communications network that supports 114 higher education institutions (both baccalaureate and community college systems), K-12 school districts and libraries across Washington State. These organizations rely on the K-20 Education Network – the nation’s first education network of its kindto run hundreds of data-intensive applications that support school administration, distance learning and operations.
“K-20 is a publicly-supported network that delivers many benefits to schools and colleges statewide. As the largest education network in the State of Washington, we need to be able to connect thousands of students, multiple schools and several organizations together,” said Tom Carroll, systems manager for the K-20 Education Network. “Comcast Business provides the performance, scalability and support we need to run the network effectively.”
Using a fiber diverse, “hub and spoke” Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) network configuration provided by Comcast Business, 114 remote K-20 spoke locations are connected back to the organization’s main data center (the “hub”) through Comcast Business’s high availability Ethernet solutions platform. At the K-20 network hub in Seattle, two 100Gb fiber circuits supply the network with over 1.78Tbps (or 178,000Gbps) of data throughput, which gives K-20 significant ability to grow quickly and seamlessly as future network demands increase.
“Comcast is proud to support K-20 to deliver world-class education across Washington State. The sole goal is to provide a world-class, leading edge wide area network infrastructure that increases the successful delivery of K-20’s network services to the unique needs and diverse interests of Washington State’s educational community,” said Chris Prekopa, Director of Government and Education for Comcast Business’ West Division. “In delivering a truly fiber diverse, high availability and high performance network, we offer maximum network performance that ensures K-20’s data intensive, real-time applications run smoothly every day.”
Comcast Business’s comprehensive portfolio of Ethernet options (including Ethernet Dedicated Internet, Ethernet Private Line, Ethernet Virtual Private Line and Ethernet Network Services) provide Internet access, point-to-point, and point-to-multipoint connectivity at bandwidth that scales up to 10 Gbps. For the K-20 Education Network, the high bandwidth, dedicated connectivity ranges from 100Mbps to 10Gbps per circuit.
About K-20 Education Network
Founded in 1996, the K-20 Education Network is the nation’s first high-speed, high-capacity network linking colleges, universities, K-12 school districts and libraries statewide. The network provides high-quality video and data services to almost 500 education related facilities throughout the state of Washington. The K-20 Network is built upon the principles of enterprise-wide technical environments allowing the use of the same technology backbone or software applications across multiple institutions and operates on a voluntary and cooperative model.
About Comcast Business
Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a next-generation network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV and a full portfolio of Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management.
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