Enhancing the efficiency of your computer network still further
SWITCH provides its customers in the university sector with new network services at an early stage and in a straightforward manner. You can thus make optimum use of the network connection via SWITCHlan and benefit from valuable technical services.
Performance problems? We've got the solution!
Your network problems are taken seriously here. The Performance Enhancement and Response Team helps network users pinpoint the reasons for an insufficient data throughput and latency. PERT analyses the situation on an end-to-end basis, liaises with the operators of other networks to coordinate matters, highlights feasible solutions and assists in the rapid elimination of bottlenecks.
Domain Name Service
We provide assistance with both operating and operations
DNS is a distributed database which administers the name space in the Internet and is one of the most important services in the Internet. Alongside the configuration and provision of operating assistance for domain name servers, we ourselves operate a number of name servers for ".ch" and ".li" domains. In addition, the SWITCHlan team ensures reliable operation of the secondary servers for a large number of affiliated partner networks and customers.
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Small bandwidth, big impact
Data transmission can be made even more efficient for SWITCH customers through a special IP multicast address: IP Multicast makes it possible to send data to several recipients at one and the same time – without any multiplication of the bandwidth. The sender simply requires the amount of bandwidth that would have been necessary for just one recipient.
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Meaningful investment in the future
There is a shortage of addresses with the Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) that is currently in use. The follow-on version, IPv6, not only offers a much bigger address space (approx. 340 sextillions) but also simpler configuration, improved safety standards and more efficient routing. SWITCH has been investing in this pioneering technology since 2004 already and has offered its customers in the university environment both an IPv4 and an IPv6 connection since then – at no additional cost.
IP Address Registration
An exclusive offer
The registration of new IP addresses is something we offer, as a special service, solely to our network customers.
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Overcoming distances in a secure manner
SWITCH is able to set up a "Point2Point link" wherever the secure exchange of data is required between two local networks at different locations within the SWITCHlan. This is a fully redundant ethernet tunnel connection, which is transparent and rapid.
Network Time Protocol (NTP)
Making sure your clocks are right
SWITCH uses the Network Time Protocol to ensure that the clocks in our routers and servers are synchronised. Customers who have Internet access via SWITCH can use their access router as a reliable NTP time source for their own computer networks.
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Easy on the nerves
We have taken the necessary steps to ensure that your nerves do not finish up in tatters when you are trying to surf and download complex programs. And we have done this by connecting up our customers to Akamai's worldwide network. That means that complex web content has been brought nearer to you and is available faster.