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Press Release -- September 28th, 2010
Source: AboveNet
Tags: Exchange

Virginia Tech Selects AboveNet to Connect Research Facilities and Data Centers in Northern Virginia

AboveNet fiber optic infrastructure will facilitate data exchange between Virginia Tech’s new flagship research institute in Arlington, Va. and key research partners

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ — AboveNet, Inc. (NYSE:ABVT – News), a leading provider of high bandwidth connectivity solutions, today announced it will connect Virginia Tech data centers and research locations including the new state-of-the art research institute in Arlington. Virginia Tech’s connected facilities will fuel the exchange of key data among its dispersed research facilities, corporate partners and the larger academic community.

AboveNet was selected because of its understanding of Virginia Tech’s research and business requirements and its expertise in delivering solutions designed to move large amounts of mission-critical data over a secure, high bandwidth network.

AboveNet designed and built a fiber optic infrastructure ring to help Virginia Tech meet the demanding requirements for high-end computational research. One node on the ring is Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region Aggregation Facility which is a nexus for national and international research networks including National LambdaRail, Internet2, Mid-Atlantic Crossroads, and several federal networks. Connecting these strategic resources together with AboveNet fiber will effectively put Virginia Tech’s new research institute “on-net” at the core of scientific and engineering research.

“Our new research institute will further the university’s mission to expand our research portfolio in a region that offers great opportunity for partnerships with corporate research entities and is in close proximity to government agencies,” said Dr. James Bohland, vice president and executive director, Virginia Tech operations in the National Capital Region. “Our ability to connect multiple research locations and partners is key to establishing a major presence in this area.”

Virginia Tech’s new research institute provides a platform for the University’s engineering and computational science researchers to interact with counterparts in academia, government and industry around the National Capital Region, and also serves as a link to the research and development base at the main campus in Blacksburg.

The AboveNet solution will provide fiber optic connectivity between the Virginia Tech research facility in Arlington and key data centers and campus sites in Northern Virginia. Once connected, the 90 mile fiber ring can be used to meet University needs and serve as a gateway to the myriad of research networks and institutions having a presence in the Northern Virginia Area.

“AboveNet is committed to delivering our high bandwidth services to enable advancements in the academic community,” said Bill LaPerch, chief executive officer of AboveNet. “We are proud to work with Virginia Tech as they strengthen their research capabilities in the National Capital Region.”

About AboveNet Inc.

AboveNet, Inc. provides high bandwidth connectivity solutions for businesses and carriers. Its private optical network delivers key network and IP services in and among top U.S. metro markets and globally. AboveNet’s network is widely used in demanding markets such as financial services, media, health care, retail and government.

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