Internet users in the UK will be able to access the vast resources of The New York Public Library, following the implementation of a new Cisco-based network.
The network will allow new bandwidth-intensive applications to be accessible throughout the library and create a "virtual single site".
The New York Public Library consists of four major research centres and 85 branches. It is the only facility of its kind, with both world-renowned research collections and circulating collections that are free and open to the general public.
The network and the newly established "virtual single site" are used for public access to the library's catalogues, online electronic resources, digitised collections, as well as the Internet.
Performance and scalability of the network are critical because more than 2.5 million electronic sessions are initiated annually with a projected growth rate of over 60% per year.
The network is built with Cisco Catalyst LAN switches, Cisco LightStream1010 ATM switches, Cisco 7500 series routers, Cisco 2500 routers and Cisco network management tools.
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