CEN: Powering Research with New Connections
Last year, Yale University had an important, challenging need. They required a secure, reliable, fast, diverse path to Equinix Data Center in Ashburn, VA. They asked Connecticut Education Network (CEN) and their commercial providers for solutions, and CEN delivered.
A critical requirement of this fiber transport project was to avoid the I-95 corridor. In close collaboration with Yale, Internet2, and other network partners, CEN provided solutions that met and exceeded Yale's needs for the project by offering the route, capacity, low latency, and diversity it needed, not to mention at the right price and schedule.
Louis Tiseo, Yale Director of ITS Infrastructure Services, attests to the value of the CEN partnership. “I’ve been here 11 years, and we’ve always used the Connecticut Education Network…. CEN is doing a phenomenal job of expanding its services and we’re looking forward to working with them to do that."
Originally established to serve Connecticut's Research and Education community, CEN provides Internet access and transport services to nearly 100% of Connecticut's colleges and universities. As evidenced by these Yale projects, CEN regularly collaborates with its members to provide an unmatched level of service in creating unique solutions that go well beyond a connection to the Internet.
Connecticut Education Network (CEN) is part of the State's secure "Nutmeg Network", whose purpose is to deliver reliable, high-speed internet access, data transport, and value-added services to its members throughout Connecticut. Established in 2000 to integrate high speed fiber optics networks into institutions of education statewide, CEN is governed by the Commission for Education Technology.
CEN helps deliver on the promise of equality in education by providing access to technology that schools and libraries would not be able to afford on their own. This investment is supported by the State of Connecticut, private schools, non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education that are committed to the idea of overall improvement in education and broad support for access to technology. Eligible K-12 and libraries can also take advantage of E-rate funding.