Does streaming music, downloading files and surfing the Web seem faster on campus? CIT has recently implemented two new on-site content distribution networks (CDN), which offload university Internet bandwidth and provide faster response times.
CIT deployed two on-campus caching systems during summer 2012.
Google Global Cache speeds up Google services, including news, maps
and search. UB also recently partnered with the Akamai Accelerated
Network, which provides content for many popular sites, including
CNN. While each vendor maintains their servers remotely, UB
provides space, cooling and power for the CDN edge servers in our
As a result of these CDNs, website response times at UB have significantly improved, with download speeds up by approximately 400%. Having an on-site CDN also allows Internet bandwidth reductions, providing savings over time as caching rates continue to increase. Through the caching initiative, UB is saving approximately 300Mbps at peak, which translates to 20% of the total bandwidth used. As demand for high bandwidth media grows, so does the benefit to UB.
The on-campus CDNs were recently put to the test on September 19, when Apple released their latest version of iOS software. Universities across the country saw their Internet bandwidth skyrocket, causing slowness and visible outages. During this timeframe, the cache at UB served close to 1Gbps, with the Internet link remaining unaffected.
VITEC Solutions services both personal and department-owned computers and iProduct devices; visit their drop-off depot in the Lockwood 2nd Floor Cybrary or call 800-333-1075. You can also request office pick-up for UB-owned equipment. Track your repair status.
UB’s top-level website, Buffalo.edu, was recently given the gold award in the 2012 Circle of Excellence competition sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. CIT was a key partner in the development of the underlying CMS system.
Computing and Information Technology at UB is more than 40 years
old. Here’s a look back at the Interface
newsletter from June 1970. (Please note: this PDF file includes
perturbations natural to the duplication process at the