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Imperial College London takes on the future with network upgrade featuring enhanced mobility, security and IPV6

Leading academic institution delivers a carrier-class, policy-driven, converged network serving 20,000 students and staff in London.


Date: 24 Oct 2011

Extreme Networks says that Imperial College London has selected its mobile network solutions for the completion of a campus-wide wired and wireless network featuring enhanced network mobility, carrier-class convergence, IPV6 and integrated policy management.

“Our network project is now delivering what the College required: secure mobility, reliability and flexibility,” said Matthew Williams, Head of Networks and Infrastructure, ICT, Imperial College London. “The network is now something that everyone can take for granted. It’s like your power supply: it’s there, it works and you can plug in to it whenever and wherever you are.”

Serving more than 20,000 students and staff across seven campuses and eight teaching hospitals in west London, Imperial College’s extended campus network is vital to its mission in delivering world-class academics. The scale of the project has demanded upgraded performance for wired and wireless connectivity, rich policy management with identity management and increased visibility of the entire network from Extreme Networks.
"Imperial College is effectively operating a fully converged carrier-grade Ethernet network, with different classes of users and data across a large metropolitan area," continued Williams. “The scale of our operations means we have to have an intelligent and mobile network that we can manage from anywhere and that also dynamically identifies users and devices as they log on to the network and Extreme Networks can support user and port policy all within the context of our existing management framework.”

Central to the project has been the upgrade to converged carrier Ethernet capacity and resiliency, with the project nearing completion. More than one thousand switches have been implemented, including the Extreme Networks Summit® X450 and Summit® X250 switches.

Advanced IPv6 and IPv4 technology available with the ExtremeXOS® operating system was required in all network switches to ensure the smooth support of thousands of Internet connected devices and an array of services.


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