Exinda, a global provider of next generation WAN optimization solutions incorporating Unified Performance Management, today announced that Texas A&M University at Galveston is the latest top higher education institution in the US to deploy its WAN optimization solution. The campus uses Exinda to assure performance in its student dormitory network by monitoring traffic, eliminating illegal file sharing, prioritizing specific applications and application types, and optimizing bandwidth usage of its busy 100 Mbps Internet connection.
“Thanks to the Exinda appliance, we’ve brought fair Internet access back to our dormitories with full visibility as to what applications are traversing the network,” said John Kovacevich, systems analyst for Texas A&M at Galveston. “Previously we were getting complaints from students who couldn’t get online or who had very poor web browsing performance. With Exinda we’ve prioritized real-time web surfing and e-learning as top priorities, made any kind of videoconferencing like Skype a high priority, allowed reasonable bandwidth for Netflix and YouTube, and then put peer-to-peer at the bottom with a bandwidth limit of 200 Kbps.”
Within a short period of deploying Exinda, Kovacevich and his team could for the first time visualize exactly how just a few students were taking an ‘unfair’ share of the network, choking performance over its 100 Mbps link. Via the same easy to use console, Texas A&M was immediately able to control every aspect of network traffic, even enforcing maximum download quotas on performance robbing peer-to-peer applications.
“When students choose an educational environment, they want the optimum resources for learning, collaborating and also to express themselves socially. Institutions like Texas A&M are equipped with the visibility and control to enable that for all their students, not just the bandwidth hogs,” said Nolan Rosen, Chief Marketing Officer at Exinda. “In addition, the university is making use of Exinda’s Edge Cache, which accelerates Internet access to e-learning and video content which are strategic to its operations.”