New diverse infrastructure ensures the high availability of technology-enabled and connectivity-dependent services that support teaching, learning and research in BC.

BCNET today announced the completion of a diverse network infrastructure project at its Prince George and Kelowna Transit Exchange points, extending alternate paths to protect essential online services for its members in Northern BC and the Okanagan. 

Funded by BCNET, this project completes a multi-year investment in geographically diverse networks aiming to protect member institutions from potential interruption to services. The diverse network infrastructure safeguards higher education and research institutions, and ensures the high availability of technology-enabled and connectivity-dependent services that support teaching, learning and research in BC.

"Our continued investment in diversity is strengthening resiliency and increasing robustness, while ensuring high availability technology services for all public, post-secondary institutions in BC," says Bala Kathiresan, president and CEO of BCNET. "The network is critical for delivering uninterrupted teaching and learning during the current pandemic situation, and also helps BC researchers work with their peers from around the world to develop a vaccine for the virus."

 

Safeguarding institutions across bc 

The network expansion project marks the completion of a long-term plan to build diverse infrastructure for BC's public, post-seconday institutions at BCNET’s Transit Exchange Points. The Transit Exchanges are located at six geographically diverse locations in the Province: Vancouver, Victoria, Surrey, Kelowna, Kamloops and Prince George.

 

“The completion of a second 10-gigabit link connecting Prince George to Edmonton is a great step forward for UNBC and the communities we are honoured to serve. It assures a secure link in the event that the connection between Prince George and Vancouver is interrupted or severed by accident or natural disaster. In a world that is more and more reliant on connectivity, this is a real plus for UNBC, providing service, security and peace-of-mind. We thank all those who helped make it possible.”

MARK DALE

Interim Provost & VP Academic | University of Northern British Columbia.

 

“Northern Lights College relies heavily on the BCNET Network to collaborate across our geographically distant locations and to deliver high-quality educational experiences to the communities we support. This additional link will fortify that capability and help ensure students have access to our systems.”

RYAN MORAN

Chief Information Officer | Northern Lights College