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RCC Bandwidth Supports Massive Usage at Tech Conference
Internal Team Built Infrastructure Holds Up to Building’s Biggest Wi-Fi Usage
(RALEIGH, NC) - March 24, 2015 - When 2500 members of NCTIES came to the Raleigh Convention Center for a recent conference, they brought with them more than 3200 wireless devices and a big appetite for bandwidth.
The organization of educators and educational leaders dedicated to promoting the use of technology in the classrooms needed a wireless and core network infrastructure that could keep their members online and up to date with both conference happenings and their schools. In fact, the amount of bandwidth needed would challenge the center’s IT team to create the largest system they’ve ever built.
“With more than a single device per attendee and a very Web heavy series of lectures, NCTIES definitely created an interesting challenge for us to tackle,” says Dave Chapman, IT manager, Raleigh Convention Center. “I’m proud that we created a wireless and core network infrastructure that not only accommodated but exceeded the conference’s needs.”
At one point in the conference, a presenter asked all 500 people in Ballroom A to try out a particular web service at the same time. The high load crashed the web server they were trying to connect to on the other end, but the RCC’s wireless system didn't have any problem supporting the load.
The RCC hosts numerous annual technology conferences including Internet Summit, Emerging Issues Forum, All Things Open, Lenovo, and IEEE. Raleigh has also hosted notable tech based events including the World Wide Web Conference, Internet2 and Computational Mechanics.