Sidera Networks Designs Custom Private Network for American University

New York, NY, October 19, 2010 – Sidera Networks, a premier provider of fiber optic-based network solutions, announced today that it has been selected by American University, a leading higher education institution in Washington, D.C., to design and implement a high capacity, diversely routed network path for disaster recovery for the university.

Sidera will securely interconnect American University datacenters and systems that store business critical data. As a result of the implementation of this private network, the university is confident that its critical systems will continue to operate without interruption in the event of a network outage.

“In today’s environment, it is crucial to have a comprehensive business continuity plan in place. We wanted to work with a trusted provider capable of delivering a customized solution to meet our needs,” said David Swartz, CIO, American University. “Sidera was the only provider who stepped up and met our requirement of designing a diverse solution that encompassed synchronized bandwidth and scalability.”

American University, a Sidera customer for more than five years, utilizes a combination of data networking, transport and Internet services. With this announcement, Sidera will provide American University with diverse routes from its campus datacenters to a second off-campus datacenter, allowing the university to ensure network resilience when faced with a localized issue.

”Universities have long realized that constant access to information is paramount.  The criticality of maintaining network availability and security are key concerns,” said Felipe Alvarez, President & COO, Sidera Networks. “Our network is uniquely designed to address the technology challenges of today’s colleges and universities and Sidera has designed a tailored solution that meets American University’s exacting requirements.”

Sidera is committed to continuing to deliver its award winning services to educational institutions.  In fact, Sidera provides tailored solutions to more than 50 leading education and research institutions along the Northeast corridor.

About Sidera Networks

Sidera Networks www.sidera.net, formerly RCN Metro Optical Networks, is the premier provider of tailored, high capacity communications services that ensure optimal business performance to carrier and enterprise customers.  Sidera Networks offers a comprehensive suite of facilities-based services including: Ethernet, SONET, wavelength, internet access, colocation and more.  With a fiber optic network leveraging unique rights-of-way that spans from Maine to Virginia, out to Chicago and up to Toronto, Sidera is committed to delivering cost-effective, custom solutions coupled with superior industry expertise, service and support.

About American University

Located in Washington, DC, American University, www.american.edu, is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the U.S. and nearly 150 countries and providing opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.