MASS Communications recently rolled out the latest wave of network enhancements to support 2U, Inc., a cloud-based software-as-a-service company that partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degree programs.
MASS began working with 2U in 2010. Since then, the company has grown from 200 employees to over 800. To date, 2U has announced 20 online graduate programs for top-tier universities across the country, collectively serving more than 13,000 students (inception to date). 2U partner programs include MSW@USC, Communications@Syracuse and datascience@SMU.
MASS recently re-architected 2U’s three primary locations -- the headquarters in Landover, MD., and offices in New York and Los Angeles, into a fiber-based MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) network, and a fully redundant back-up data network to support their voice and data environments.
“2U is a fast-growing organization that has been able to achieve their networking goals by leveraging our advanced network designs and back office support,” says Darren Mass, CEO, MASS Communications. “The solution we delivered involved multiple underlying providers, and engineering teams to fully project manage the implementation, allowing 2U to continue to carry on with their day-to-day responsibilities,” he adds.
According to Dan Berman, director, IT Networking, 2U, “MASS worked as an extension of my team and brought a lot of different options to the table. The team is very hands on and offered us many different solutions, partly because of the wide variety of partners and vendors they use.”
The MPLS network designed and rolled out by MASS has enabled 2U to privatize its voice traffic across its locations and helped the company get a second last-mile carrier into the building.
“MASS has given us more capacity and allowed us to scale,” says Berman.
The MPLS network also provides the bandwidth needed for 2U’s cloud-based services, including Amazon Web Services externally and Salesforce internally to run its key business functions.