Hula Networks Gives Over 60 Core Routers and Switches to Local Schools

Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — On April 1st 2011 Hula Networks donated more than 60 core routers and switches to the Mountain View Whisman School District .The district will use the equipment to upgrade their existing legacy data network.

The Mountain View Whisman School District serves over 3,500 students with seven elementary (K-5) schools and two middle (6-8) schools located in Mountain View, CA

Hula Networks coordinated with the Mountain View Whisman School District, to donate several pallets of core routing and switching equipment that will be used to upgrade their existing legacy 10MB 24 port stacking infrastructure.

The donated items were a combination of pre-owned products from Cisco Systems, Extreme Networks, and Foundry Networks. Although, much of this equipment would not be attractive to local Silicon Valley giants like Google or Facebook as they require the latest technologies. It is still a huge upgrade for most schools districts that are on legacy 10 meg Ethernet speeds.

With the donation Hula Networks upgraded Mountain View Whisman School District by 100 -1000 times faster via the 100MB and 1 Gigabit equipment they gave the schools.

“With two young children of my own and as a California native, I am concerned with the current state of affairs when it comes to California schools. They continue to be underfunded and lack the necessary resources. Myself and Hula Networks are dedicated to helping our local school system where we can.” stated CFO, Scott Hobin.

“We understand the hardships the educational staff members and schools go through. We need to do our part to help the community and its schools keep up with technology and IT infrastructure” stated CEO Joe Commendatore, whose mother is a retired school teacher of 40 years in the Bay Area.

The new list price on this equipment carries a hefty price tag of $1,427,207. In comparison if someone wanted to buy the same pre-owned equipment on the open market or from Hula Networks they would pay roughly $210,000. No matter how you look at it, the school district has reduced capex spending dramatically.

“Hula Networks has been very generous in donating network equipment to the Mountain View Whisman School District. Their help and expertise has been invaluable and greatly appreciated. Working with them has been a positive and rewarding experience.” Stated Daniel Bishop, IT Network Manager of Mountain View Whisman School District.

If you are interested in learning more about Hula Networks and how they can help your school district, you may want to attend their upcoming event the “Modern Office Solution” which brings together new VoIP technologies and Unified Communication services. Hula Networks will also highlight a custom program which leverages your current Telco spend to offer schools money to help augment the cost of a new VoIP system when upgrading their current broadband provider.

To learn more about Hula Networks and education cost saving events please visit Hula Networks.


Scott Hobin