Tuesday, July 1, 2014

IC Project Blog: Teleconferencing VLAN

A few days ago, Ken Lambert,  stopped by my office to let me know that he was working on a cool project involving the new teleconferencing VLAN. Intrigued, I went to his office with my recorder in hand so that I could gather a little more information for our readers so that they can be informed on some of the stuff that IC works on behind the scenes.

This interview was one of the more interesting to recall by recorder because, apparently, Ken had a little dentistry work done prior to my interview. As I played back all the information he conveyed about the Teleconferencing VLAN project, he sounded a bit like a techno-Sylvester. So, in the spirit of Looney Toons, feel free to read the following in Sylvester J. Pussycat's voice:

Q: What was the goal of this project?
A: To deploy a VLAN specifically for teleconferencing devices. VLAN means virtual local area network, this acts as its own division of the network. At SU, each building has their own VLAN.

Q: Why is this teleconferencing VLAN important?
A: We now have a virtual local area network specifically for video teleconferencing, and that means that we will, more easily, be able to install video teleconferencing devices here at SU. The ultimate goal is to make video teleconferencing at SU as smooth as possible, especially because the new building will be using a lot of this type of technology.

Q: How does this impact end users at SU?
A: Like most of the things we do in IC, we are trying to make things easier for our users so that they can spend more time using the technology available to them and less time trying to access it.  This new VLAN makes everything about video teleconferencing more manageable on our end, and that means our users will be able to use the technology without disruptions or issues. In short, it allows us to connect new teleconferencing devices more easily, simplifies the management of those devices, and in future, we could even apply quality of service to that traffic.  Overall, it just makes everything about teleconferencing more manageable.

Q: Is this project complete?
A: This project is just starting. Though this project is in its beginning state, the VLAN itself is currently functional. We do have the potentiality to add to it and expand its usage, and that is great because teleconferencing demands continue to grow. We will eventually have more jacks that will allow this teleconferencing VLAN to be accessed in most of the buildings across SU.

There you have it, teleconferencing has its own dedicated virtual local area network that will allow it to function and be managed more easily, resulting in increased functionality and usage. Teleconferencing, the world-shrinking technology, just got a lot better here at SU!

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