Quinnipiac University to Deploy Core-to-Edge H3C Networking Solution from 3Com to Serve 3 Campuses and 8,000 Students, Faculty and Staff

Breadth of Portfolio, Low TCO and the Company’s Focus Were Instrumental in the Choice of 3Com and Its H3C Products

MARLBOROUGH, Mass.--()--3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) today announced that Quinnipiac University will deploy 3Com’s H3C core-to-edge enterprise data networking solutions throughout its three-campus network that serves about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. The network and its applications resources will be managed by one of 3Com’s newest offerings, the H3C® Intelligent Management Center (IMC), and secured using 3Com’s TippingPoint® Intrusion Prevention System.

Based in Hamden, Conn., Quinnipiac has been rated among “America’s Best Colleges,” by U.S. News & World Report and as one of the “Top 20 Wired Colleges” as ranked by PC Magazine and the Princeton Review. At the heart of Quinnipiac is its commitment to teaching and collaboration—and leading-edge technology such as 3Com’s H3C solutions to support it. The university distinguishes itself with state-of-the- art facilities including the Terry W. Goodwin '67 Financial Technology Center and a fully digital high-definition broadcast studio. It is also home to the nationally renowned Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. Quinnipiac offers 52 undergraduate and 20 graduate majors and a JD program.

Fred Tarca, associate vice president, Information Services, says tremendous growth in campus facilities, student enrollment and networked applications created networking challenges for Quinnipiac. The university has seen its key applications base grow tenfold during the past decade from six to about 60 enterprise-class applications—including a learning management system, video services, institutional ERP and a robust portal system—served out of its data center.

“Our challenge is to deliver application services anytime, any place, anywhere to a very demanding population,” said Tarca. “Five or six years ago, we were able to tolerate small amounts of downtime.

But as the university has become so dependent upon the electronic delivery of applications and services, high-availability is paramount as we work to deliver the level of service end users expect. If we are down now for even a few minutes, it’s extremely noticeable. That’s why we chose 3Com to build a high-availability network. We’re expecting this new network will blend into our complex environment flawlessly and take care of itself so we can focus on our business—providing our students with a high-quality education.

“Quinnipiac University is joining enterprises around the world that are realizing the benefits of 3Com’s H3C enterprise networking solutions,” said Alex Dobson, vice president and general manager, North America, for 3Com. “Quinnipiac needed a ‘no-compromise’ LAN infrastructure to complement its campus-wide wireless infrastructure. Our H3C solutions deliver the reliability, performance and security the university needs to ensure its entire network is available for students, faculty and staff at all times at a total cost of ownership that other vendors can’t match. And our experienced, responsive and knowledgeable sales and support teams worked to become trusted advisors to the Quinnipiac team by listening to them and delivering the right solutions to meet their needs now and in the future.”

Tarca said, “We needed to keep costs down while not compromising on network performance, reliability and security. We chose 3Com because we wanted to work with a vendor that delivers excellent products at a very competitive price with outstanding support. 3Com exceeded those criteria and its customer-oriented sale team and management focus took special interest in ensuring that the hardware, software and services would work in our environment. We felt very comfortable choosing 3Com based on its H3C enterprise networking portfolio. We were already using 3Com Tipping Point solutions and we were aware of the strength of the company and the responsiveness of its people who are clearly committed to our success. Extending our relationship with 3Com to include their core products was easy.”

Quinnipiac is deploying several H3C® S9500 core switches and more than 100 H3C S5500G edge switches from 3Com among its three campuses. The H3C IMC will manage the network including its robust wireless network that serves student housing and other facilities. Quinnipiac also is relying on a number of 3Com services, including project management, deployment and migration, to ensure the new network is ready to perform as expected on day one.

About 3Com

3Com Corporation is a $1.3 billion global enterprise networking solutions provider that sets a new price/performance standard for customers. 3Com has three global brands—H3C, 3Com, and TippingPoint—that offer high-performance networking and security solutions to enterprises large and small. The H3C enterprise networking portfolio—a market leader in China—includes products that span from the data center to the edge of the network, while TippingPoint network-based intrusion prevention systems and network access control solutions deliver in-depth, no-compromise application, infrastructure and performance protection.

About Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 5,600 full-time undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students in 52 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs of study in its School of Business, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, College of Arts and Sciences and College of Professional Studies. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top universities with master’s programs in the Northern region in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges. The 2009 issue of U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges named Quinnipiac as the top up-and-coming school with master’s programs in the North. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s The Best 368 Colleges. For more information, please visit www.quinnipiac.edu.

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Contacts

3Com Corporation
Kevin Flanagan, 508-323-1101
kevin_flanagan@3com.com
or
Lois Paul & Partners for 3Com
Beth Cossette, 781-782-5715
beth_cossette@lpp.com

Contacts

3Com Corporation
Kevin Flanagan, 508-323-1101
kevin_flanagan@3com.com
or
Lois Paul & Partners for 3Com
Beth Cossette, 781-782-5715
beth_cossette@lpp.com