3Com switches picked over Cisco.
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Quinnipiac University Quinnipiac University is a private four-year university in Hamden, Connecticut, located on about 500 acres (2 km²), just north of New Haven. The campus is situated at the foot of Sleeping Giant State Park. in Hamden, Conn., has embarked on a total network upgrade covering three campuses, using H3C core and edge switches from 3Com Corp., to replace and expand upon existing Cisco Systems “Cisco” redirects here. For other uses, see Cisco (disambiguation).
Cisco System,Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO, HKSE: 4333 ) is an American multinational corporation with 54,000 employees and annual revenue of US $28.48 billion as of 2006. Inc. gear.<p>The project, valued at less than $1 million, includes several H3C data center switches from 3Com and more than 100 3Com H3C edge switches to serve a community of 8,000 students, faculty and staff, school officials said. 3Com launched the H3C brand in May in the U.S., a 3Com spokeswoman said. <p>Eventually, the university expects to have as many as 400 H3C edge switches as it grows in size over the next decade, said Fred Tarca, associate vice president of information services See Information Systems. .<p>Brian Kelly Brian Kelly may refer to:
Company that provides Internet connections and services to individuals and organizations. For a monthly fee, ISPs provide computer users with a connection to their site (see data transmission), as well as a log-in name and password. to a group of students who are consumers accessing all kind of content as well as educational customers who use the Internet for vital educational materials. "The students want the same Internet experience as they get at home," he said.<p>The school doesn't charge a fee for Internet access See how to access the Internet. , but has built access into the total costs of attending Quinnipiac as it competes with other universities to offer a range of features that will lure students, the officials said.<p>Tarca said the school is also using two-way, real-time videoconferencing based on the Microsoft Corp. Office Communications Server See network access server, modem server, terminal server and communications controller.
(operating system) Communications Server - IBM's rebranding of ACF. . Wireless gear from Aruba Networks Inc. connects the fiber optic network where the H3C gear is deployed to all the residential and classroom spaces, as well as sports facilities See:
Relationship of substantial reward corresponding to the amount of risk taken; mathematically represented by dividing the expected return by the standard deviation. ."<p>Kelly said he asked 3Com competitors why the university should not use 3Com, and it was hard for them to answer.<p>Cisco products are consistently higher priced than those of other networking providers but they are considered highly reliable for the most sophisticated networks. The company also provides constant innovation in its products, analysts said. <p>"3Com has solid gear that is well-built and well-engineered," said Zeus Kerravala, an analyst at Yankee Group Inc. <p>As for customers like Quinnipiac, however, he added, "bucking the trend is always risky." He said 3Com probably doesn't have the support from resellers and integrators as compared to larger companies like Cisco. "But I'm sure the college got a good deal," he added.<p>Kerravala said 3Com made the right move in creating the H3C brand for enterprise customers, given its history. "The 3Com brand is a tarnished brand, so creating H3C for enterprise is the right thing to do," he said.<p>Copyright 2009 IDG IDG International Data Group
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