The University of Miami (UM) is a private research university, spending $324 million annually in research and related programs in medicine, marine science, and more. In addition to its main campus in Coral Gables, it has numerous facilities throughout South Florida that transmit data to government scientists.

The need

  • Support UM’s extensive research activities and meet the constant data needs of UM students, faculty, researchers, and staff.

  • Connect multiple campuses and high-capacity computers with a secure and reliable network.

  • Build a direct connection to Florida LambdaRail, a separate network that links Florida’s research institutions.

No other provider can do what Crown Castle Fiber is doing for us. They have the network footprint and the wherewithal to create a solution we can always rely on.
Stewart Seruya

The solution

  • We built an extensive fiber network that connects buildings within the boundaries of UM’s 260-acre Coral Gables main campus and provides a high-speed pathway between several other UM facilities spread throughout South Florida.

  • The campus is equipped with a high-capacity internet connection and is connected to smaller locations through a multi-site Ethernet network.

  • A Remote Fiber Test System (RFTS), which monitors the network’s metro rings to identify and isolate any potential outages on the network.

The Impact

  • The new network has resulted in nearly unlimited available bandwidth on campus, ensuring that UM can meet the current and future needs of its community.

  • Researchers are better able to collaborate with colleagues and conduct world-class research, such as DNA mapping, that couldn’t be done without a high-speed, reliable network.

  • UM is able to quickly detect outages due to the Remote Fiber Test System (RFTS).

  • With its new fiber network, UM is able to keep connected to its facilities while staying within their budget.

Higher education R&D spending

the portion of college and university academic R&D spending that comes from their own funds. 1

Higher education tech spending

of IT leaders in higher education said their organizations will increase spending on tech in 2017. 2

Higher education information security

issue for IT leaders in higher education is information security. 3

1. Association of American Universities, Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs of Federally Sponsored University Research, May 2017
2. Higher Ed 2017 Outlook, University Business
3. The Top 10 Higher Ed IT Issues of 2016, Center for Digital Education

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