K-20 Education Network expands Ethernet services

Network of 101 higher-ed institutions will rely on Comcast’s Ethernet Virtual Private Line network

ethernet-networkThe K-20 Education Network has selected Comcast Business to provide a comprehensive, high-speed communications network that supports 101 higher education institutions, K-12 school districts and libraries across Washington State.

These organizations rely on the K-20 Education Network to run hundreds of data-intensive applications that support school administration, distance learning and operations.

“K-20 is a publicly-supported network that delivers many benefits to schools and colleges statewide. As the largest education network in the State of Washington, we need to be able to connect thousands of students, multiple schools and several organizations together,” said Mike Scroggins, deputy executive director, Information Technology for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and chair of the K-20 Network Consortium. “K-20 counts on Comcast Business to provide the performance, scalability and support we need to run the network effectively.”

Using a fiber diverse, “hub and spoke” Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) network configuration provided by Comcast Business, 101 remote K-20 spoke locations are connected back to the organization’s main data center (the “hub”) through Comcast Business’s high availability Ethernet solutions platform. At the K-20 network hub in Seattle, two 100Gb fiber circuits supply the network with over 200 Gbps of data throughput, which gives K-20 significant ability to grow quickly and seamlessly as future network demands increase.

“Comcast is proud to partner with K-20 to deliver world-class education across Washington State. The sole goal is to provide a world-class, leading edge wide area network infrastructure that increases the successful delivery of K-20’s network services to the unique needs and diverse interests of Washington State’s educational community,” said Chris Prekopa, Director of Government and Education for Comcast Business’ West Division. “In delivering a truly fiber diverse, high availability and high performance network, we offer maximum network performance that ensures K-20’s data intensive, real-time applications run smoothly every day.”

Comcast Business’ comprehensive portfolio of Ethernet options (including Ethernet Dedicated Internet, Ethernet Private Line, Ethernet Virtual Private Line and Ethernet Network Services) provide Internet access, point-to-point, and point-to-multipoint connectivity at bandwidth that scales up to 10 Gbps. For the K-20 Education Network, the high bandwidth, dedicated connectivity ranges from 100Mbps to 10Gbps per circuit.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione