Field Museum goes Gigabit

Chicago institution ratchets up Internet connection speed

I'm used to seeing research institutions cranking up insanely fast Internet connections, such as the University of Florida has done with a 100Gbps link to Internet2. But it caught my eye to see that the Field Museum of Chicago recently upped its Internet service from 30Mbps to 1Gig, for the natural history museum is also a research institution with growing data communications needs to support interactive exhibits, business apps and more.

The museum signed on for Comcast  Business Ethernet Dedicated Internet service, which the vendor says enables the museum's WiFi system to transfers more than 15.5TB of data a year to 113K+ individuals. The museum now has gigabit Ethernet across its infrastructure, is replacing its storage-area network to handle an increase in storage capacity to 120TB and then 160TB by this summer, and is rolling out server virtualization technology.

The Comcast setup gives the museum the ability to ratchet up its bandwidth to 10Gbps if the need arises, too.

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