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Bentley College Selects Cabletron Systems To Power Campus Network And Partner In Technology Education

October 5, 1999


ROCHESTER, NH -October 6, 1999- Cabletron Systems (NYSE: CS) have announced that Bentley College, among the largest business schools in New England, has selected Cabletron as its strategic supplier of networking solutions. In addition, Cabletron and Bentley have formed a unique partnership to provide technical training to Bentley students and faculty.

Cabletron's networking solutions will provide a powerful campus-wide communications infrastructure using both wired and wireless technologies.

The solution includes Cabletron's ATM SmartSwitches for the network backbone, and 100 Mbps access for every student living in on-campus residence halls ("port-per-pillow"). Bentley College also plans to pilot Cabletron's RoamAbout wireless solutions, allowing faculty and staff to travel anywhere on campus with high-speed network connectivity from laptop computers.

The partnership, which begins this month, includes the following components:

  • Internships for Bentley students at Cabletron's New England locations;
  • Technical training for Bentley faculty members through the Cabletron University program;
  • A seat on Bentley's technology advisory board to be occupied by Mike Skubisz, Cabletron's Executive Vice President of Software; and
  • Cabletron's involvement in the development of Bentley's on-campus Computer Information Systems laboratory.

Cabletron was selected as Bentley's strategic networking supplier based on the company's service and support, the scalability and manageability of its solutions, and its migration path to virtual networks (VLAN) and directory-enabled networking (DEN).

"Every aspect of the economy is being transformed by the information age, whether it is online trading changing the behavior of financial markets or software companies shifting towards distributing their product over the Internet," said Joseph Morone, president of Bentley College. "We need a high-bandwidth infrastructure to support our efforts - that?s why our partnership with Cabletron is so important."

Cabletron's solutions will provide a network infrastructure that enables Bentley to utilize advanced applications such as SAP R/3® and web-based distance learning, bringing the benefits of "real world" technology into its classrooms. This technology-based learning is part of Bentley's Information Age MBA, a new program that tightly integrates Information Technology (IT) and business education.

"Cabletron is proud to partner with a leading institution like Bentley College," said Trent Waterhouse, Cabletron's director of solutions marketing. "This type of project demonstrates the growing relationship between technology, business and education, and the overall impact of technology on our daily lives."

About Bentley College

Bentley College is committed to providing the most advanced business education possible. Nearly 4,200 undergraduate, 1,600 graduate and 3,000 continuing education students learn in an environment that integrates information technology with a broad business and arts and sciences curriculum, gaining knowledge, interpersonal skills and experience for careers in a global economy. Bentley is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, 10 miles west of Boston. Learn more about Bentley on the web at:

About Cabletron Systems

Cabletron Systems, a premier provider of world-class networking solutions, delivers reliable network access and communications to millions of people worldwide. With scaleable products designed for Global 1000 enterprise networks, service providers and small businesses, Cabletron is the e-business communications specialist in the Internet economy. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange for more than a decade under the symbol CS, Cabletron is an S&P 500 index company. Cabletron's web site can be reached on the Internet at

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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