Located on an eight building campus spread out over 200 acres, the SEWD network consisted of three independent systems connected over CAT5 Ethernet cabling. With increasing demands for high-speed services and enhanced functionality, this network design was no longer sufficient. It became the intention of SEWD Network Administrator John McGinnis to re-build the system using fiber optic communications capable of 1GB data rates.
In the first step of the process SEWD decided to use Fiber Media Converters to connect remote servers, over 2000 feet of fiber-optic cables, to a 1000Base-TX Switch in the main server room. This solution ensured a seamless long distance fiber to Ethernet connection without any loss of processing power or operating speeds. The arrangement also allowed SEWD to utilize existing campus wiring and provide catastrophic protection against data loss in-case of fire or flood.
Already familiar with Perle from a previous project, John chose Perle’s Stand-alone Media Converters to bridge the gap between his copper and fiber infrastructures.
“Our philosophy is to not make our data available to people with malicious intent,” says John McGinnis of Stockton East Water District. “The new architecture has provided us with redundancy and reliability. Perle was chosen for convenience and speed and everything is going too good. The converters were installed … and, since then, we haven't heard a peep from the whole system.”
“Network Administrators everywhere are struggling with decreased IT budgets and increased expectations for network speed and functionality,” says John Feeney, COO of Perle Systems. “Perle focuses on providing high quality, cost effective solutions, like our fiber to Ethernet Media Converters, to bridge the gap between these budgets and network functionality expectations. “
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Perle Systems is a leading developer, manufacturer and vendor of high-reliability and richly featured connectivity and device networking products. These products are used to connect remote users reliably and securely to central servers for a wide variety of business applications. Product lines include Console Servers for Data Center Management, Terminal Servers, Device Servers, Remote Power Switches, Media Converters, Ethernet I/O, Serial Cards, Parallel Cards and Multimodem Cards. Perle distinguishes itself through extensive networking technology, depth of experience in major real-world network environments and long-term distribution and VAR channel relationships in major world markets. Perle has offices in 9 countries in North America, Europe and Asia and sells its products through distribution and OEM/ODE channels worldwide.
About Stockton East Water District (SEWD) www.sewd.net
Since 1978, Stockton East Water District has been treating surface water at its Dr. Joe Waidhofer Water Treatment Plant to the Stockton urban area through its three urban contractors: the City of Stockton, the County of San Joaquin, and California Water Service Company. The Dr. Joe Waidhofer Water Treatment Plant is a 65 million gallon per day conventional water treatment plant serving a population of approximately 330,000.
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