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UMass Amherst receives major gift for advanced high-speed network

September 25, 2014

From left to right: Nicholas Xenos (Juniper Networks), Chancellor Subbaswamy, John Orbe (Juniper Networks), Richard Lolos (Juniper Networks), James Kurose (UMass Amherst).

 

From left to right: Nicholas Xenos, James Kurose, Julie Buehler (UMass Amherst), Tilman Wolf (UMass Amherst), Arun Venkataramani (UMass Amherst).

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst today announced that Juniper Networks, an industry leader in network innovation, has donated networking equipment with a value of $1.5 million to the university.

UMass Amherst will use the technology donation, which is being made through Juniper’s Academic Alliance program, to build a dedicated high-speed network to support science research and increase the ease of use and speed of large academic data transfers across campus.

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said, “This generous donation will provide a powerful tool for the world-class research and academic programs at the Commonwealth’s flagship university. As our faculty and staff put it to use, there will be significant long-range benefits for our students, the computing industry and the entire economy of Massachusetts and beyond.”

Julie Buehler, UMass Amherst vice chancellor for information services and strategy and chief information officer, said, “This donation supports faculty and student discoveries while enhancing the value of our existing infrastructure. We can move high-usage academic and research traffic to a dedicated pathway to improve its speed of performance while easing the burden on our current network, which expands the gift’s benefit to our entire campus. We are extremely grateful to Juniper Networks. They understand our vision and capability to use this gift in a very distinctive and meaningful way.”

John F. Orbe, Americas Enterprise, Juniper Networks, said, “We are excited to provide this innovative, high performance equipment to UMass Amherst to enable the workforce of the future using ‘High IQ’ networks for world-class collaboration, research and information sharing.”

The donated equipment will also be used for higher speed data transfers with the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke.

“Altogether, it’s an incredible gift and will be a very helpful campus resource” Buehler said.

The donation will also boost the ongoing UMass Rising ¬– The Campaign for UMass Amherst. With a goal of $300 million, the campaign will provide unprecedented resources to support students, faculty, research and programs, buildings and infrastructure.

The in-kind donation from Jupiter Networks includes 40 separate technology devices. Buehler said, “We are eager to install the equipment. Planning is already underway and the university can expect to see significant results in the short term.”