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Internet2: Not Just for the Big Boys Art Center College of Design Pasadena, CA. Theresa Zix, Senior Director of Network Services Herman Choi, Network Architect. Art Center Background. Undergraduate & Graduate Programs

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internet2 not just for the big boys art center college of design pasadena ca

Internet2: Not Just for the Big BoysArt Center College of DesignPasadena, CA

Theresa Zix, Senior Director of Network Services

Herman Choi, Network Architect

art center background
Art Center Background
  • Undergraduate & Graduate Programs
    • Illustration, Product Design, Film, Transportation Design, Graphic Design,
  • Campus
    • 1,600 Students + 3,500 in Public Programs
    • 500 Faculty
    • 300 Staff
educational drivers
Educational Drivers
  • Corporate Projects
    • Nike, HP, BMW, and Nokia
  • Partnerships with Other Schools
    • Caltech, INSEAD, Landivar
  • International Involvements
    • Vitra Design Museum
evolving network infrastructure
Evolving Network Infrastructure


  • Single Campus with a T1 out to the Internet
  • 10 Mbps to the Desktop


  • Two Campuses with a DS3 (45Mbps) in Between
  • 6 Mbps to the Internet
  • 10/100 Mbps to the Desktop


  • Performance Issues Between Campuses
  • User Community Demands Faster Speed
upgrade objectives
Upgrade Objectives
  • Network Infrastructure Upgrade
    • Minimum 100 Mbps for Intercampus Link
    • Minimum 20 Mbps for Internet Link
    • Redundant Internet Link
  • Internet Services Upgrade
    • Gain Internet2 membership to collaborate with other campuses and businesses on various design and research projects.
  • Internet2
    • Nonprofit Consortium of K-20 Schools
    • Uses Abilene as Backbone Network
  • Membership Types
    • University
    • Corporate
    • Affiliate
    • Sponsored Educational Group Participant (SEGP)
sponsored educational group participant segp
Sponsored Educational Group Participant (SEGP)

“The impetus for sponsorship is the existence or planned existence of a collaborative project designed to develop or use advanced applications or further the deployment and use of advanced networking capabilities.”

benefits of membership
Benefits of Membership
  • Cost
    • Packets Between Members Do Not Count Towards Average Throughput
  • Performance
    • Large Data Transfers are Seamless
  • Services
    • Videoconferencing
    • Collaborative Learning
  • Stay with Current Provider of ISP and Telco Services
  • Other Traditional Telcos and ISPs
  • High Speed Wireless Carriers and Manufacturers
  • Public Services from Local Government
  • Regional Cable Companies
  • Other Non-Commercial ISPs
new partners for art center
New Partners for Art Center
  • Charter Business for Fiber Transport Services
    • April 2005 to August 2005: Investigate Fiber Transport Services from Various Providers
    • September 2005: Engage Charter Business
    • Primary Cable Carrier in Pasadena area
    • New subdivision of Charter Communications
    • Aggressively Priced
    • Excellent Customer Service and Support
    • Future Opportunities such as Digital Cable and Video Services
new partners for art center14
New Partners for Art Center
  • Los Nettos for ISP Services
    • Consortium of 5 Member Organizations
    • March 2005: Initial Research in Obtaining Internet2 Association
    • April 2005: Engage Los Nettos
    • Los Nettos Represents Art Center as SEGP
    • Aggressively Priced
    • Excellent Customer Service and Support
monthly costs
Monthly Costs
  • Original Network Monthly Costs (Pre-2005)
    • Intercampus 45Mb Link: $4100 = $91/Mb
    • Internet 6 Mb Link: $1200 = $200/Mb
    • AT&T ISP Fee (6Mb): $2000 = $333/Mb
  • Upgraded Network Monthly Costs (Now)
    • Intercampus Gigabit Link: $4400 = $4.40/Mb
    • Internet 100Mb Link: $3600 = $36/Mb
    • Backup Internet 10Mb Link: $1800 = $180/Mb
    • Los Nettos ISP and Internet-2 Fee (100Mb): $3890 = $38.90/Mb
challenges risks
Challenges & Risks
  • Non-Traditional Carrier for Primary Transport Services
    • Charter Business: Fairly New Division (Less Than 5 Years in Existence)
  • Non-Commercial ISP
    • Los Nettos: Non-Profit ISP that Relies on Cooperation with Different Entities (Caltech, USC, JPL, Claremont Colleges)
  • Art Center Logistical Issues
    • Geographically Challenging Location for Data/Voice Services
    • Communication with Art Center Community and Constituents
implementation timeframe
Implementation Timeframe
  • October 2005 – May 2006: Coordinate Services Between Los Nettos, Charter Business, Caltech, and USC
  • June 2006 – September 2006: Charter Business Fiber Implementation – Activate Intercampus Gigabit Link
  • October 2006: Activate New 100Mb Primary Internet Link to Los Nettos at Caltech
  • February 2007: Establish 10Mb Backup Internet Link to Los Nettos at USC
2004 2005 art center network challenges
2004-2005Art CenterNetwork Challenges

Old Technologies


ATM Inverse-Multiplexing

Point-to-Point DS3

6Mb Internet

45Mb DS3





2006 2007 art center new and improved network
2006-2007Art CenterNew and Improved Network!


New Technologies




100Mb Internet2

Primary Link

10Mb Internet2

Backup Link

Gigabit MAN





new benefits
New Benefits
  • Enhanced Internet and Network Experience for Entire Art Center Community – Much Faster and More Robust
  • Access to Specialized Internet2 Content and Services thru Los Nettos
    • Digital Animation Content (ACME Live)
    • High-Quality Videoconferencing
    • Collaboration and Research Projects with other Internet2 Institutions and Members
    • Colocation Services for Business Continuity (New USC Data Center!)
  • Future Opportunities with Charter Business
    • HDTV and HD Content
    • Advanced Video Services
  • Research and evaluate all Avenues and Opportunities – Leave No Stone Unturned! Establish Relationships with Service-Centric Non-Traditional Partners and Vendors that Share Same Goals as Yours.
  • Consider Non-conventional Means. Evaluate New and Cutting-Edge Technologies such MPLS, Metro-Ethernet, Wireless Bridges, etc.
  • Perfect Opportunity for Technology to Shine – Help Drive Business Initiatives!
useful information
Useful Information
  • Internet2 General Information –
  • Los Nettos: Celeste Anderson at USC –
  • CENIC – California Regional (
  • ASPIN – Arizona Regional (
  • NevadaNET – Nevada Regional (
  • Pacific Northwest GigaPOP – Washington Regional (
  • NERO – Oregon Regional (
  • Charter Business –
closing thought
Closing Thought
  • Small schools – We All Share the Same Challenges: Budget, Staffing, Resources….
  • Think Big! Big Dreams and Big Ideas! Big Ideas Do Come From The Little Guys!
thank you art center college of design www artcenter edu

Thank YouArt Center College of

Theresa Zix

(626) 396-2477

Herman Choi

(626) 396-2256