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Simon Fraser University installs new network intelligence system

jaalaM Technologies today announced that its network intelligence system, appareNet, is being used by Simon Fraser...


April 1, 2003  


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jaalaM Technologies today announced that its network intelligence system, appareNet, is being used by Simon Fraser University (SFU) to manage the intricate day-to-day network operations for the university’s three campuses that collectively serve almost 23,000 faculty, students and staff.

The system will help SFU determine whether problems are application or network-related, which problems are a priority and when upgrades should be performed. With appareNet, SFU Administration is better able to allocate limited funds to maximize network performance, the company says.

“Academia is a highly networked and dynamic environment with students, teachers, and researchers depending heavily on connectivity and functionality,” said Worth Johnson, Director of Operations and Technical Support at SFU.

“When users make the general statement, ‘the network is slow’, appareNet helps us pinpoint which piece of the system needs attention. We’re now able to make more informed decisions about when to do an expansion, conversion or upgrade of the network. This saves us money and has allowed us to maintain the same staffing level even as the number of network nodes has quadrupled.”

The SFU campus network comprises 8,000 workstations and servers spread across 4,000 active ports on switches and hubs at 70 distribution points on three campuses. It is linked to other educational institutions across the country through the shared fiber optic network, BCNET, and CA(*)net.


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