Upstate News

April 10, 2009
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

$2M technology upgrade provides faster, more reliable, secure computer network

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — SUNY Upstate Medical University has completed a $2 million upgrade to its computer data network for its research and academic buildings, allowing for faster, more reliable and more secure data transfers for computers on the local area network increased wireless coverage and better service for students, staff and visitors to campus.

The two-year project undertaken by the university’s Division of Information Management and Technology (IMT), addressed computing systems in key campus buildings.

According to Don Roller, IMT network systems manager, the project funded complete wireless coverage and new network switches for all buildings, as well as an upgrade of wiring in the Campus Activities Building, Weiskotten Hall and the Weiskotten Hall Addition.

Wireless coverage is now available at SUNY Upstate in the following buildings: University Hospital (all foors), the Central New York Gamma Knife Center, Computer Warehouse Building, Regional Oncology Center, University Health Care Center, Weiskotten Hall, Weiskotten Addition, Setnor Hall, Health Sciences Library, Silverman Hall (home of the College of Health Professions), the Institute for Human Performance.

“End users will benefit from faster wired connections with higher throughput as well as the ability to deliver and control streaming video from sources on campus,” said Roller. “In addition, wireless functionality now provides guest access as well as faster, more secure access for faculty, students and staff with an easier setup process.”

As part of a separate initiative last July, the campus Internet connection was upgraded from 30 megabits per second to 80 megabits per second, allowing for faster Internet connection. In addition, the Research and Education (Internet-2) connection, which is limited to academic and research use, was upgraded from 15 megabits per second to 25 megabits per second, allowing for greater performance.

Roller adds that before the wiring in Weiskotten Hall was upgraded, an asbestos cleanup project by a licensed contractor was required so that wiring crews could gain access above the hallway ceilings.

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