Brocade (Nasdaq:BRCD) today announced that West Carolina Tel has utilized Brocade ® high-performance networking technologies to provide Erskine College students with advanced applications to enrich their learning experience.

Erskine College, a liberal arts college located in rural South Carolina and recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the “4th Best Baccalaureate College in the South,” has removed the boundaries to learning by implementing innovative teaching methods and technologies with the help of West Carolina Tel. Through its differentiated and “connected” approach, Erskine College is now able to attract students from surrounding urban areas despite many local competitive institutions and challenging economic conditions.

As part of an innovative approach to learning, Brocade and West Caroline Tel helped align academic and administrative needs with a reliable foundation for collaboration technologies and wireless connectivity through a simplified network that is designed to optimize application performance. Erskine College now utilizes the Brocade network to deliver real-time audio and video capabilities for distance learning applications, including IP television services and SmartBoards for in-class interactivity. The network provides both wired and wireless connectivity to improve communications between faculty and students.

West Carolina Tel powers the metro core that supports Erskine College with the Brocade MLX Series of advanced routers, which deliver unprecedented scalability and performance, high reliability and operational efficiency for the demanding network. In particular, West Carolina Tel relies on the Brocade MLX routers to meet skyrocketing traffic requirements and reduce the cost per bit of data traffic. By leveraging the Brocade MLX, West Carolina Tel can support more traffic, achieve greater reliability, and eventually provide cloud services using less network infrastructure — thereby simplifying operations and reducing costs.

Connecting the powerful core to the network edge, West Carolina Tel links to Brocade FastIron ® Series switches to deliver the scalability, quality-of-service (QoS) assurance, resilience and VoIP-readiness needed to implement a high-value converged solution at the network edge. This cost-effective, high-performance, compact solution enables the deployment of new applications at Erskine College, such as IP telephony, wireless access, WebTV, video surveillance, building management systems, triple-play services—voice, video and data—and remote video kiosks.

“West Carolina Tel has been a true partner in helping us keep our students and faculty connected with the most advanced technologies,” said Bobby Clarke, Director of Information Technology at Erskine College. “West Carolina Tel delivers the innovative capabilities we need to be at the forefront in education.”

“We were selected to provide service to the school and, within a month we had equipment in, services provisioned and students online. Brocade was a huge part of simplifying the process,” said Russell Clark, Plant Operations Manager at West Carolina Rural Telephone Co-op. “Brocade was able to get the product to us in the timeframe we required, which allowed us to get services up and running just in time for the school year. Brocade stayed with us throughout the implementation and properly taught our team.”

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