The district covers approximately 695 square miles with a total population of 94,875 residents. Area coverage includes the cities of New Bern and Havelock, the towns of Bridgeton, Cove City, Dover, River Bend, Trent Woods, Vanceboro, and Marine Corps Air Station – Cherry Point. We serve 14,882 Students in 15 Elementary, 5 Middle, and 5 High Schools.

Current Network Configuration
Craven County has for the most part deployed a star topology with fiber running into the two Primary IDFs. Most schools come into an Amer Gigabit Layer 3 fiber switch. The two Primary IDFs feed into the MDF which provides access to all the servers. Amer Layer 2 GIG switches and PoE are being used in secondary IDFs, with unmanaged desktop models deployed in the classroom.

Chris Thornton, Craven County Schools Director of I.T.:
“We are primarily GIG throughout, but it became critical in several locations for us to enhance the performance to services on the network. We knew the only way to accomplish that was to implement 10GIG switching and connectivity starting at the core. But we needed to do it with limited budget.”

The Solution
Amer Networks was able to recommend an affordable solution that would give Craven County 10GIG connectivity from the Servers, through the MDF, to the two Primary IDFs and beyond. These IDF’s are now communicating at 10 GIG speeds to the areas that needed it the most. The solution is completely scalable as their needs continue to grow.

Equipment Used: Amer Networks SS3GR1026L Layer 2/3 switches with SFP+Expansion Module and SFP+ Transceivers

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