October 22, 2008
World Renowned Observatory Advances Networking Frontier With 802.11n
Xirrus, Inc., the Wi-Fi "Power-Play" that delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, and throughput in the industry on a per device and system basis, announces the deployment of their Xirrus 802.11abg+n Wi-Fi Arrays at the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, enabling the replacement of switched Ethernet to the desktop at the facility.
Located on the 13,796-foot Mauna Kea summit in Hawaii, the twin Keck Telescopes are the world's largest optical and infrared telescopes and are used to probe the deepest regions of the Universe with unprecedented power and precision.
"Keck's mission is to advance the frontiers of astronomy and share our discoveries with the world," said Jon Chock, IT Manager at Keck Observatory. "Our astronomers require the maximum in mobility and bandwidth to execute their research priorities, which led us to select the Xirrus 802.11abg+n Wi-Fi Array -- the only high performance Wi-Fi solution available in the industry."
"As a result of our recent upgrade to the Xirrus 802.11abg+n Wi-Fi Arrays, we believe Xirrus has finally broken the barrier between wired and wireless networking - allowing Wi-Fi, for the first time, to be the primary connection for users," added Jon. "Our astronomers are connecting and transferring files just like they would on a wired network, but without the hassle of being tied down with wires."
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About Keck Observatory
Located on the 13,796-foot Mauna Kea summit in Hawaii, the twin Keck Telescopes are the world's largest optical and infrared telescopes and are used to probe the deepest regions of the Universe with unprecedented power and precision. Each telescope stands eight stories tall and weighs 300 tons, yet operates with nanometer precision. Made possible through grants totaling more than $140 million from the W. M. Keck Foundation, the Observatory is operated by the California Association for Research in Astronomy (CARA), whose Board of Directors includes representatives from the California Institute of Technology and the University of California. In 1996, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) joined as a partner in the Observatory. The Keck I telescope began science observations in May 1993; Keck II began in October 1996. For more information visit www.keckobservatory.com.
Xirrus, the only Wi-Fi "Power-Play," manufactures the Wi-Fi Array(R) architecture that displaces both overlay Wi-Fi offerings and switched Ethernet to the desktop. The Wi-Fi Array integrates 4, 8, 12, 16, or 24 802.11abg+n radios coupled to a high-gain directional antenna system into a single device along with an onboard multi-gigabit switch, Wi-Fi controller, firewall, dedicated Wi-Fi threat sensor, and an embedded spectrum analyzer. The Wi-Fi Array provides more than enough bandwidth, security, and control to replace switched Ethernet to the desktop as the primary network connection. The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, throughput, and support for more users on a per device and per system basis than anything else available on the market today - resulting in a solution that uses 75% fewer devices, cabling, switch ports, power, space, and installation time compared with any other offering.
Xirrus is a privately-held company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California. For more information, please visit www.xirrus.com.
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