Information Technology

Binghamton U Implements Application Delivery Controllers

Binghamton University, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, has implemented new application delivery controllers to provide high availability and improved performance of its student information systems and other infrastructure.

The university operates its student information system across three front-end servers. IT staff tried a couple of different load balancers, including a commercial solution and an open-source one, to distribute network traffic across the servers but they both encountered a number of functional problems, according to a news release. They decided it would be necessary to implement a state-of-the-art, supported system to balance loads on their current and future network services.

The team evaluated products from several vendors in collaboration with iSecure, an IT security solutions provider. Most of the products they tested were either too expensive or lacked key features. They finally settled on APV series application delivery controllers from Array Networks, which provided the right balance of features and price, and deployed it in September 2015.

Since the deployment, "the university has experienced minimal downtime for application access, and the IT team is able to perform maintenance on the application servers as needed without affecting performance," stated a news release from Array Networks and iSecure. If one of the university's servers goes down, it doesn't affect service, and the IT team can "add more front-end servers as needed to support growing demand."

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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