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New York Law School Testifies to Success of Metro Ethernet Deployment



Well, it sounded simple. All John Southard needed to do was cross the street.

But that can sometimes be a treacherous endeavor in the heart of Manhattan’s vibrantTriBeCa neighborhood. Especially when what needs to make the trip is a high-speedcommunications network. Upgrading and enhancing the network was an essentialcomponent to a major construction project on the campus of one of the nation’s oldestand most prestigious law schools (New York Law School), requiring that new and existingbuildings – not to mention some temporary facilities – were connected with the maincampus at all times.

Mr. Southard, the CIO of New York Law School, had to tackle this major task in a verycompressed time frame. “We needed to build a network in the middle of the busiest cityon the planet,” he recalled. “And we needed it quickly.”

Flexibility was paramount, as a new academic building was being constructed in multiplephases, while existing buildings were being renovated. Temporary shifting of somedepartments to buildings off campus was also part of the plan.

Mr. Southard’s need called for, as he described it, a “truly flexible, scalable, redundantand self-healing alternative urban infrastructure” to enable New York Law School toextend its local area network (LAN) environment across the wide-area network (WAN). He approached a number of providers, including Time Warner Cable Business Class,which has fiber in a large portion of buildings and conduit access to nearly all commercialbuildings, from 86th Street to lower Manhattan.

He quickly chose Time Warner Cable, which didn’t flinch at the tricky and time-sensitiverequirements the project presented.

“I saw a small, shrinking window to get this done and it turned out that the only onewith the expertise, energy, entrepreneurship, and hunger to do it was Time Warner Cable,” Mr. Southard said.


A Time Warner Cable Business Class team quickly assessed the situation, and – workingin collaboration with Mr. Southard and his IT team – determined that the New York LawSchool’s need for flexibility and scalability for its multi-location, campus-wide networkmandated a carrier-class Metro Ethernet solution.

Like many of its other bandwidth-hungry education and healthcare customers withsatellite offices or facilities that lie within and outside a main campus, Time WarnerCable maintained that New York Law School would best be served by Metro Ethernet,as it improves network performance as well as provides rapid deployment and efficientbandwidth allocation.

Time Warner Cable built a 12-strand fiber-managed service off of its dense wavelengthdivision multiplexing (DWDM) backbone, running it into a resilient packet ring (local fiber loop). Time Warner Cable also provided a dedicated, 100 mb/sec service to a remoteresidence hall. The resultant Ethernet LAN (E-LAN) service connected all of the school’sdisparate locations within a LAN, allowing speeds up to 1 Gbps.

Integral to the success of the project was the Time Warner Cable team’s willingness totackle numerous logistical and local government-mandated issues, including ensuringthat the approvals for the completion of necessary street digging occurred before acity-mandated six-week winter season moratorium was implemented.

Bhupender Kaul, Vice President of Time Warner Cable Commercial Services in New YorkCity, said that the ability to offer Ethernet services to higher education institutions suchas New York Law School is essential in today’s dynamic communications environment.“Our ongoing goal is to help New York Law School, and all customers, maximize theeffectiveness of their networks,” Kaul explained. “Reliable Ethernet services give ourcustomers an important and cost-effective advantage.

”Metro Ethernet can be used over Ethernet interfaces and is scalable to support businessesof all sizes. The point-to-point, point-to-multipoint and multipoint-to-multipoint fiber opticconnectivity provide high-capacity links between multiple offices over existing Ethernetlines – meaning customers will have a dedicated fiber connection, not a shared networkthat requires costly and complicated upgrades.

Time Warner Cable Business Class networks are Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)-certifiedand compliant, enabling Time Warner Cable to provide a full portfolio of Ethernet services,including EPL, EVPL, and E-LAN. The certification ensures customers that Time WarnerCable’s Ethernet private lines provide reliable and consistent high-bandwidth services toconnect LAN and WAN environments.


New York Law School’s Metro Ethernet LAN/WAN, a campus-wide network that connectedthe new building with existing and temporary facilities, was in place before the deadline.It worked flawlessly throughout the varied additions and adjustments that occurred in thecampus building and renovation process.

Equally important, the network infrastructure has allowed New York Law School tosubsequently deploy applications that are cutting edge and critical to meeting theschool’s growing communications needs – vital in the delivery of its academic mission.“

The Time Warner Cable Business Class team listened, designed, and built an alternativeurban infrastructure to our current diverse and changing physical plant in a timeframethat everyone else said couldn’t be done,” Mr. Southard recalled. “They moved heavenand earth to meet impossible deadlines. The network they’ve designed and implementedis the communications foundation that will enable us to build our campus of the future.”The Time Warner Cable solution also met cost requirements for New York Law School.Mr. Southard noted: “I was extremely pleased with Time Warner Cable’s price point,which has set a new standard for ISP providers to try and match.”

As for the future, Mr. Southard is confident that his partnership with Time Warner Cablewill continue to grow and evolve along with the communications needs of New York LawSchool – especially if that means having to cross some busy Manhattan streets once again.

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