U New Mexico Moves Forward in NEC IP Migration
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The University of New Mexico (UNM) will be migrating to NEC Unified Solutions' Univerge SV8500 communications servers as it moves to a complete IP-based network over the next several years.
"UNM is like a city within a city, and upgrading our network to the UNIVERGE SV8500 server platform over time allows us to better accommodate both our education and healthcare personnel by helping them to communicate in a way that best suits their roles," said Mark Reynolds, associate director of IT services communications. "The migration process has been seamless and painless. We were able to complete our Fusion Call Control Signaling software upgrade in just 20 minutes and are now prepared for the deployment of nearly 20 SV8500 communications servers at our own pace. This will give UNM advanced voice, mobility, collaboration, contact center and business productivity applications."
The UNM campus includes 46,000 students and employees, encompassing administrative and educational buildings, as well as a health sciences center and the state's sole Trauma Level-1 and teaching hospital.
The university's NEC Fusion Call Control Signaling network links its PBX nodes so that the entire campus can function as if it were running on a single server; network changes to one node are reflected in the others. The recent upgrade linked seven nodes at once, the largest undertaking of its kind on the campus.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.