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Apple iOS 7 downloads flood Marshall network

On September 18, 2013

When Apple announced the release of the iOS 7 operating system for iPhone in June, news stories flooded the Internet concerning the eventual crash that the massive influx of downloads would ultimately cause. When the new system was released Wednesday, students around campus reported excessive trouble successfully downloading the upgrade.

Allen R. Taylor, the chief technology officer at Marshall University, was monitoring the situation since the 1 p.m. release Wednesday.

“We’re having some network traffic issues as we look at the three providers that we have for Internet bandwidth,” Taylor said. “One of them, Lumos, is at 150 percent of our peak right now. We get 400 megabits of commodity Internet service from them. They let us peak up to 150 percent of that, and that particular route is fully inundated right now. The suspicion is that it is principally these downloads of iOS 7. These kinds of things happen all the time when large releases occur, such as Windows or Mac OS.”

However, no actual crashes seemed to occur. This is chiefly due to preparations made in 2011 when the use of wireless devices became a prevalent trend.

“We actually have more commodity Internet bandwidth than most schools our size,” Taylor said. “Two years ago, we started trying to scale up the wireless network on campus as much as possible because we saw this demand for mobile devices. There are now double the amount of devices than the total population of people on campus, including students that commute off-campus.”

Since a great number of companies have integrated the use of Apple devices into their daily operations since the iOS 6 release, it is expected that those businesses will encounter the most difficulties since the demand for the upgrade will exceed the bandwidth required to download it.

When iPhone users finally have iOS 7, they will have many innovative features to enjoy. Aside from the new design, the system will include the debut of AirDrop, Control Center and iTunes Radio. There will also be improvements to Siri, Safari, Notification Center, Camera, Photos and Multitasking.

Geoffrey Foster can be contacted at foster147@marshall.edu.

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