10/31/2017

Overview:

  • Reduced Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise product, maintenance and training costs lends way for community colleges’ digital transformation
  • All 114 California Community Colleges now qualify for the same discounts as the California State University system on advanced data-center and core switches
  • Original AT&T/CSU networking deal saved CSU campuses $100M compared to rival vendor proposals
  • ALE will be showcasing the latest education technology innovations at EDUCAUSE 2017 on booth #321

New agreement provides Foundation for California Community Colleges significant discounts on Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise networking solutions

The Foundation for California Community Colleges and ALE, operating under the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise brand, have announced a new Foundation Master Agreement that provides substantial discounts on advanced data network solutions from the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch® portfolio available through AT&T.

The agreement, which benefits all 114 community colleges across California, matches the discounts already in place for Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise equipment through the existing contract for California State University for its comprehensive LAN replacement program.

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is a unique non-profit organization that benefits, supports, and enhances California’s Community Colleges—the largest higher education system in the United States. Working with the Foundation, the California State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 653 which allows the community college system to purchase at the same terms as California State University. 

With an existing CSU agreement in place, the new Foundation Master Agreement grants significant discounts on Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch products, maintenance and on training. California Community Colleges, with 60,000 staff serving over 2 million students, now benefit from a single, standardized purchase process, enabling colleges to transform their digital networking systems in a simplified and more flexible manner, with more cost-effective products.

The OmniSwitch portfolio is a complete networking suite comprising campus access switches, LAN core switches and data-center switches, and is capable of harnessing Intelligent Fabric technology to lower maintenance costs, IoT Containment for enhanced network security, and a single universal Operating System for enhanced interoperability. OmniSwitch hardware has been broadly deployed in higher education institutions across the United States, and is already in place in several California Community Colleges.

Working with the Foundation, the California Assembly’s passage of Assembly Bill 653 and our new Master Agreement have provided substantial financial benefits to the California Community College system and the students we all serve. As individual colleges look to enhance their data networks to support our expanding student base and our education mission, this new Foundation contract will allow all 114 colleges to benefit from building technology networks that advance the student, staff and faculty experience and that saved California State University $100 million, with full ease of mind over compliance with California state regulations.

Jorge J.C. Sales, Director, Collaborative Services at the Foundation for California Community Colleges

This development demonstrates further confidence from the California education system in the capability of the OmniSwitch portfolio to deliver high-quality networking at competitive prices for higher education institutions. ALE continues its strategic investment focused on supporting the digital transformation taking place in higher education, and supporting our partners to further deliver that transformation. ALE networking solutions offer innovative technology such as Intelligent Fabric and IoT Containment to address the efficiency and security issues IT departments face, and deliver further value through reduced maintenance costs, guaranteed interoperability and simplified hardware deployment.

Charles Matthews, SVP North America Sales

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