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Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield Launch Partnership with OSHEAN

OSHEAN is pleased to announce that it will provide a 2-Gigabyte wholesale transport and internet connection service to the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield (CCGS), an educational consortium composed of five private colleges in the Greater Springfield area: Western New England University, Elms College, Bay Path University, American International College and Springfield College The partnership will enable the member schools to access Internet2 and commodity Internet through an aggregated model that consolidates multiple connections into one high-bandwidth fiber architecture, offering significant cost savings to CCGS while greatly enhancing the range of services they can provide to students and faculty.

CCGS officially became an OSHEAN member on July 1, 2014 through a joint collaboration with the North East Regional Education Network (NEREN). The migration of CCGS to OSHEAN’s fiber network allowed the cooperative colleges to double their aggregated Internet capacity, at reduced rates, while also gaining access to the Internet2 backbone. Internet2 is a consortium led by over 250 universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies to accelerate research discovery, advance national and global education, and improve the delivery of public services.

“Becoming an OSHEAN member ensures that CCGS will be able to achieve important economies of scale that provide immediate benefits and long-term savings to our partner institutions,” said Scott J. Coopee, Assistant Vice President of Information Technology at Western New England University. “With a wide range of common IT and networking goals to achieve, it is hugely beneficial for CCGS to have access to the OSHEAN resources”

Founded in 1971, CCGS fosters the sharing of programs, talents, and facilities, to bring to this area the educational resources of a university while retaining the initiative and vitality of independent institutions. Through cooperative planning at the presidential level and the functioning of committees from different administrative levels, CCGS aims:

  • To enrich the educational offerings, cultural events, and social activities of the colleges;
  • To offer a wide variety of programs and fields of study to students at each institution;
  • To effect fiscal economies and to eliminate unnecessary duplication through joint planning, and
  • To develop into an economic and educational resource to the Greater Springfield community.

With these goals in mind, becoming an OSHEAN member aligned perfectly with CCGS’s purpose. The consolidated infrastructure enables eight colleges to aggregate their commodity Internet and Internet2 connection, which translated to significant cost savings.

As colleges and universities grapple with increasing bandwidth consumption by students and stakeholders who are accessing multimedia and big data services on an almost constant basis, OSHEAN brings to bear unique resources to mitigate these challenges. For instance, OSHEAN has on-net caching and/or direct peering with high traffic applications such as Netflix. This allows the high volume of traffic generated by students watching online movies in residence halls to remain on-net which reduces cost and increases performance.

CCGS can also benefit with OSHEAN’s suite of application and VPC services. For example, some of the CCGS colleges are already taking advantage of OSHEAN’s cloud-based Domain Name System (DNS). CCGS will also have access to OSHEAN’s partnership offerings with NaviSite. OSHEAN directly connected NaviSite’s SSAE-16 regional datacenter to its Beacon 2.0 fiber backbone bringing an on-net VPC environment ideally suited for applications such as disaster recovery and business continuity. OSHEAN virtual private cloud makes it easy for members to purchase compute and storage services on an ongoing operating model, pay-as-you-go basis, thereby vastly reducing capital expenditures while increasing management efficiency.

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