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V-Band Wireless Broadband for Disaster Recovery and Campus Network Expansion

Kingston Technology is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. With global headquarters located in a six-building campus in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 3,000 people worldwide. Kingston has deployed multiple HaulPass millimeter wave wireless radios for disaster recovery and expansion of its campus-wide Ethernet network.

Redundant Datacenter-to-Datacenter Broadband V-Band link for Disaster Recovery 

“We installed our initial HaulPass V60s wireless link as a redundant datacenter-to-datacenter disaster recovery connection,” said David Flores, Senior Network Administrator at Kingston. “We have two main datacenters located in separate buildings, connected via underground fiber-optic cable. However, should disaster strike in the form of an earthquake or flood — or something else unexpectedly happen to disrupt our fiber connection — we’re fully protected thanks to our rooftop-based, line-of-sight wireless Gigabit Ethernet backup link.” 

Southern California is known for both seismic activity and extreme weather, so establishing a prudent disaster recovery strategy is an important business consideration for the company. Seasonal heavy rains and flooding are facts of life in Southern California, so Kingston relies on the HaulPass V60s built-in Intelligent Automatic Gain Control technology (read our Intelligent AGC white paper). This technology maintains network throughput even under the harshest environmental conditions. Unlike other V-Band vendors who adjust to changing environmental conditions by reducing valuable bandwidth, HaulPass V60s links maintain gigabit throughput speeds regardless of extreme weather conditions.

Campus Network Expansion

“We installed our second HaulPass link when we leased a new building and needed to link it to our high-speed campus network,” said Flores. “Rather than having to dig trenches and install fiber — or go through the ongoing expense of leasing a fiber-optic circuit from the phone company — we opted to go with a second license-free HaulPass link to connect the new building.” 

“Installing, aligning and configuring the V60s links was an easy and straightforward process,” continued Flores. “We simply ran CAT5e cable to the rooftop, mounted the V60s units on poles, and then used the supplied scopes to align the rooftop-to-rooftop link. Furthermore, it was a simple process to configure the integrated Gigabit Ethernet switch into our campus network.” 

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