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High Capacity Networks for Penn's Next Generation Research Apps

December 21, 2010, Volume 57, No. 16

In response to current and future research applications that are increasingly bandwidth intensive, ISC wants to make you aware of several options that may be of value to you. Please see the description of services below, consult with your local IT support provider and have him or her contact us at service-requests@isc.upenn.edu.

Standard Connectivity
ISC N&T provides desktop connections at 10MB, 100MB and 1000MB (1 Gig) per second for general access to PennNet, Internet and Internet2.  Gigabit Ethernet is reduced to $15/month in FY’12, while 10MB and 100MB rates remain at $5/month.  To learn more see: www.upenn.edu/computing/pennnet/ before contacting your local IT support provider.

Enhanced Capacity Connectivity
For research groups and others at Penn requiring even higher performance network designs for both on- and off-campus connectivity, ISC N&T will work with you and your school’s IT departments to determine which of the following approaches will be most suitable and cost-effective for your requirements:

1) Private server or dedicated subnet connections that are isolated from or bypass general building traffic.

2) Dedicated point-to-point links (1 Gigabit and 10 Gigabit) between campus building locations.

3) High bandwidth access to other research institutions or collaborators via Interoperable On demand Network (ION) services, in which dedicated bandwidth to locations around the United States and some international sites can be provided directly to your lab. The ION service establishes a high capacity connection between two locations on the Internet2 network for up to 24 hours.  Penn’s current capability of the ION service is up to 5 Gigabit per second.  The advantage of this service lies in its flexibility to initiate a short term connection at a much reduced cost than a permanent connection. 

4) For researchers who require both high capacity and extended durations for data communications, ISC N&T can create permanent or long term connections across PennNet to remote sites via optical or carrier network connections.  The most recent advances in network technology permit the creation of these high performance solutions while taking advantage of the cost economies made possible by Penn’s membership in Internet2 through MAGPI.

Most custom solutions are available at additional cost and require design meetings to gather requirements toward developing the most appropriate solutions. We look forward to working with you and your support provider to provide enhanced bandwidth services.

—ISC Networking & Telecommunications

Related: ISC Networking & Telecommunications Services & Rates for FY 2012

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