New partnership to increase internet speed at UAB

UAB IT is embarking on a partnership with content delivery network Akamai. When implemented, this partnership will effectively increase internet capacity at UAB, making it faster for researchers to upload their findings, for staff members to share documents and even for students to stream the latest season of their favorite show.

UAB is the first university and the second institution in the state to sign on with the company. The city of Montgomery, with others, is also engaging in a partnership with Akamai.

Akamai works as a caching server, storing content locally on the university network — clearing space on the network for other traffic. Bandwidth would increase 20 to 60 percent.

“This is like free internet,” said Vice President and CIO Dr. Curtis A. Carver Jr.

UAB IT’s projected move to 100 GB connections is what made the university attractive to Akamai.

But making it easier to watch Netflix isn’t the reason behind the desire for a faster network.

The education and administration needs of researchers, students, staff and faculty at a world-class institution have driven UAB IT’s plans for improving technology campus-wide.

“This marks UAB as a major player in technology,” Carver said, which in turn helps Birmingham and the state attract technology partners for economic development.
Last modified on August 30, 2016