Internet2 is broadening its support to include smaller colleges and universities that are not necessarily research institutions but that nevertheless have "notable research projects and cyberinfrastructure needs."
Adtran, a provider of networking and communications equipment, has unveiled the NetVanta 1235P Ethernet Switch with ActivReach, designed specifically for voice applications.
Ryerson University in Toronto is installing 802.11ac wireless networking in its new Ted Rogers School of Management and is upgrading many of its existing access points to the new technology.
Dell has unveiled new enterprise storage and networking solutions designed to help campuses meet increasing demands for IT performance and network access, including new W-Series gigabit wireless access points, which offer data rates up to 1.3 gigabits per second for end-to-end 802.11ac wireless networks.
Large concentrations of mobile devices can cause interference and connectivity issues. Early adopter Georgia Tech is solving the problem with focus-beamed antennas for its large-capacity classrooms.
Wittenberg University in Ohio has upgraded its networking hardware and network management system to support its bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and flipped classroom initiatives.
Student reporters are using a new tool to provide news coverage of campus events for their campus television station.
Researchers at MIT, UT San Antonio and Notre Dame are collaborating with Internet2 and Rackspace Hosting to build a new OpenStack-optimized hybrid cloud environment designed to help the research and education community use the cloud for big data research.
For universities looking to start or accelerate their own next-generation network efforts in their communities, Gig.U is offering up lessons learned from its members broadband projects. In its latest report, "A Gigabit Garden Begins To Grow: Lessons from the First Planting," the group outlines efforts to build networks with gigabit speeds in 18 university communities around the United States.
The AIR.U Consortium has introduced a Quick Start Network Program intended to help AIR.U member institutions improve broadband network coverage and capacity.