In the past, Rob Klopotoski, Endicott’s Network Manager, tried offerings from other vendors, but couldn’t find the right mix of dependability, features, and ease-of-use. Some solutions required expensive and time-consuming architecture changes, something Klopotoski wanted to avoid. For Endicott, the best-case scenario was a solution that provided rock-solid load balancing and failover, drop-in deployment, and LAN bypass.
When Klopotoski discovered Peplink and the Balance series of Multi-WAN routers, he knew he’d found the solution he’d been looking for – plus some benefits he hadn’t expected.
“The primary driver to purchase a load-balancer for our Internet lines was the ability to get into our campus from offsite in the event of a failover, and so that our most important servers would still be accessible,” said Klopotoski. “Since the provider we had in the past had intermittent issues with providing service, it was important to have a backup plan.”
But the Balance 710 quickly became more than a backup plan, assuming DNS server, inbound and outbound NAT mapping, and outbound policy duties.
“My experience with this device over the last year-and-a-half has been very positive,” notes Klopotoski. “We have nearly 2500 students using the Internet at night, and this box has easily handled the load.”
“Because this system handles our website traffic, mail server, staff and student portal, online course activities, and registration, we cannot afford any downtime,” said Klopotoski. “In the event we’ve had a line go down, the Peplink has made those failures nearly invisible to our users.”
And then there’s cost, both initial and continuing. According to Klopotoski, the Balance delivers on both fronts, featuring a very reasonable price point, few support issues, and the ongoing savings of being able to use low-cost links for backup and failover.
Today, Klopotoski couldn’t be happier he chose the Balance to serve as the cornerstone for Endicott College’s campus network. According to this network manager, the Balance more than earns its high grades at Endicott: “I’ve gotten pretty much everything I’ve needed out of it,” Klopotoski said. “I really can’t think of anything else I’d want it to do.”