NSU, NWLTC collaborate on infrastructure upgrade

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 07/09 2014 09:38AM

Updated 07/09 2014 09:41AM

Northwestern State University and Northwest Louisiana Technical College are collaborating on a project to upgrade the fiber optic network that serves the two institutions. 

Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, a fiber optic network that connects supercomputers at Louisiana's major research universities, is leading the project.  LONI is funded by the Board of Regents and enhances the research capability of Louisiana's educational institutions. 

NSU Deputy CIO Tracy Brown said, "Northwestern State is excited to be a part of this collaboration between NWLTC and LONI.  This project is a perfect answer for the needs of both Northwestern and NWLTC. Clearly, a win-win situation."

The cost for this upgrade is less than $10,000 and is expected to increase bandwidth for NWLTC and NSU while reducing monthly internet costs by as much as 83 percent.

Dean of Northwest Louisiana Technical College's Natchitoches campus Laurie Morrow said, "This collaborative effort will help ensure that we have a resilient network while also helping us to be more operationally efficient."

Mark Edwards, LONI project manager said, "This project allows both institutions to eliminate expensive data circuit costs and free up funds to purchase more bandwidth."  

The project is scheduled to be completed by the start of classes in the fall.

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