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Education | Internet Connectivity

Alltech Solutions is a full-service technology and network solutions provider for the education sector and small offices in California, US. 

Challenge

Alltech provides managed services to three Public Charter School organizations with 68 sites in total. With the use of Peplink’s SD-WAN solutions, Alltech replaced expensive private T1 leased lines for these schools with commodity broadband links without being tied down to a particular ISP. This not only saved connectivity costs by a huge margin for the customers, network connection speed actually improved as well.

Solution

Alltech deploys two Balance 2500s in its office and a data colocation and are linked to FusionHub hosted on AWS and Google Cloud. For each remote school site, Alltech uses a Balance 210, which formed SpeedFusion links with each of the Balance 2500s. Alltech also adds a layer of redundancy by adding LTE mobile hotspots to the Balance 210s via USB port, ensuring the network is always on. In addition, Alltech is able to provide service to a school site that is out of reach of any wired network by using the MAX HD2’s dual LTE connection.

“Thank you Peplink for making reliable hardware that is easy to use and configure. This has kept these schools running for years now.” Justin Watkins, Field IT Services Manager of Alltech.

Eli Brown, Ski Technician

Result

The whole network was easy to set up and configure, and it got the job done at a fraction of the cost of other network equipment. As a testament to Peplink’s reliability, Alltech told us that their Peplink hardware has reliably chugged along and kept the school networks running without needing any replacement for years. Performance remained completely rock solid even during a cloud migration, where they moved 16TB of data in a month.

Deployment

Balance 2500

Alltech corporate office and Colocation

Balance 210

Deployed at remote school sites / small offices, connected to both Balance 2500s  with LTE mobile hotspot as failover connected via USB

 MAX HD2

Pepwave MAX HD2at remote sites that has no access to wired internet, only LTE

FusionHub

FusionHub Virtual Appliance hosted on AWS and GCE