The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center has begun a network infrastructure upgrade that will deliver a 40-gigabit network backbone and 1-gigabit Internet connectivity to the 160 companies and research centers who in the park.

The corporate research center has always provided its tenants high-speed Internet access.  This upgrade delivers connectivity at ten times faster speeds than most organizations are using today.

“This upgrade is significant as it shows our commitment to continue to provide businesses at the corporate research center the high speed Internet and data services platform they need to compete with other regions around the world,” said Joe Meredith, president of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

The network upgrade is being completed by the corporate research center in partnership with Biz Net Technologies and Advanced Logic Industries. Additionally, the center has partnered with Advanced Logic Industries and their Brush Mountain Data Center, both located within the park, to provide additional network services including secure, private cloud computing.

These new services will make it faster and less expensive for new companies relocating to the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center to begin operations while offering a wider range of services in a simplified invoicing structure.

“The research companies in the park now have cutting edge Internet and network resources to match their cutting edge research,” said Dawn Crigger, the chief operating officer for the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

The upgrade is scheduled for completion by June 2015.

Established in 1985, the 230-acre Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center is owned and managed by the Virginia Tech Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit non-stock corporation established in 1948. The corporate research center supports high-technology companies and in collaboration with the university, advances the research, educational, and technology transfer missions of Virginia Tech.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.