Army National Guard centralizes ATM network

Officials at the Army National Guard at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., needed to centralize the computer network for their Distance Learning Network (DLN) which integrates existing government classrooms across the United States. The Multimedia Workgroup Switch and asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) backbone from Bay Networks Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif., met their needs.

Feb 1st, 1998

Army National Guard centralizes ATM network

Officials at the Army National Guard at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., needed to centralize the computer network for their Distance Learning Network (DLN) which integrates existing government classrooms across the United States. The Multimedia Workgroup Switch and asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) backbone from Bay Networks Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif., met their needs.

With the implementation of the DLN, Guard soldiers across the country can communicate via e-mail and video conferencing, participate in professional development training, military occupational skills training, and eventually simulation staff training.

"We chose Bay Networks because of their excellent track record, commitment to quality of service, reasonable cost per-port pricing, and the products` better utilization of bandwidth," says Lt. Colonel Philip E. Vermeer, technical division chief for the Army National Guard. "Our network has been growing by leaps and bounds. By the year 2000, we expect to have over 600 classrooms across the nation connected to the network."

Bay Networks provided, modular ATM switches and video products to deliver video conferencing capability at the desktop along with the ability to play back video training material stored on the network. The Bay Multimedia Workgroup Switch is an ATM switch delivering 20 ports of standard 25 MB ATM with category 3 or 5 cabling. - J.M.

For more information on the Multimedia Workgroup Switch and Bay Networks contact Dawn Slusher by phone at 408-495-2864, by mail at 4401 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, Calif., 95054, by e-mail at dslusher@baynetworks.com, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.baynetworks.com.

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