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Ole Miss Ranks #5 For Internet Upload Speed Among State Universities

Posted on: July 11th, 2014 by Deetra Wiley

Mark Smith, Network Analyst II, monitors Wi-Fi activity.

Mark Smith, Manager of Network Administration, monitoring UM network activity.

Mike Hall and John Supple – Network Analysts, behind the scenes

The University of Mississippi  (UM) appears in the “Top 5 for Upload Speed” when comparing  state flagship universities. A recent Huffington Post article records that UM’s network can sustain up to 22.7 Mbps of upload speed. The Office of Information Technology (IT), led by the Network Management group, continues to work diligently to enhance our campus network – from  extensive, campus-wide network upgrades/additions to infrastructural changes.

Our IT Network Management group, directed by Robin Miller, Deputy CIO and Director of Technical Services, consists of   Mike HallMark Smith, and  John Supple. You may not see these guys often, but this accomplishment reflects their constant presence  behind the Ole Miss Network.  They are okay with  remaining anonymous, but for getting Ole Miss on the chart with regard to top Internet Upload speeds, recognition is due.  David Zwieg’s book entitled, Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion says it better:   “For most of us, the better we perform –the more attention we receive. Yet for many “Invisibles”—skilled professionals whose role is critical to whatever enterprise they’re a part of—it’s the opposite: the better they do their jobs, the more they disappear. In fact, often it’s only when something goes wrong that they are noticed at all.”  

Moreover, Ole Miss students rated the campus network highly in the 2014 ECAR Study of Students and Information Technology.  This survey gauges student perceptions about a variety of technology services including Wi-Fi.  Ole Miss students showed satisfaction with UM Wi-Fi services in all categories and rated Wi-Fi services at Ole Miss higher relative to students at peer research institutions.  (See Figure 1.)

There were four Wi-Fi questions in the  student survey.   The percentages in the spreadsheet reflect the responses that were either “Good” or “Excellent.”     The category of DR Public includes all public universities that grade Doctoral degrees (Carnegie Classification) that participated in the survey.   Likewise, All US Institutions includes community colleges, private colleges, etc. So the information shows that our students are more satisfied with UM Wi-Fi services in all four categories.

Figure 1. The percentages in the spreadsheet reflect the responses that were either “Good” or “Excellent.” The category of DR Public includes all public universities that grade Doctoral degrees (Carnegie Classification) that participated in the survey. Likewise, All US Institutions includes community colleges, private colleges, etc.

“We recognize the importance of having a stable, central network infrastructure to support the growing demands of staying connected,” says Robin Miller. “We appreciate the cooperation from departments as we continue network upgrades throughout the UM campus.” Congratulations and thanks to the “Invisibles”  (IT Network Management – Mike Hall, Mark Smith, John Supple)  for their diligent work and efforts behind the scenes to help provide this good network service.

For more information on network enhancements, see related TECHNews articles: Information Technology Leads Network Infrastructure UpgradeUM Wireless Network Update . If you need assistance or have questions, please contact the IT Helpdesk at helpdesk@olemiss.edu or (662) 915-5222.

 

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