The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is designing and building its next-generation IPv6-ready network infrastructure with the help of IP networking solution provider H3C.
HKU has been continually upgrading the campus network in recent years and its latest initiative will cover several areas such as its main campus, student residential halls and remote sites such as Cyberport.
The network will also cover the Faculty of Medicine at Sassoon Road and Queen Mary Hospital in Pokfulam, as well as the remote offices in the Kennedy Town Centre and the new Centennial Campus.
This Asian university is currently using two high-performance H3C S9500E core switches to provide the 10GE backbone that links all existing campuses.
HKU has upgraded over 350 building and floor switches to H3C S5120-EI and S5500-EI to boost performance and security.
Extend network coverage
For this current network upgrade, HKU has installed more than 1500 IEEE 802.11n access points to extend network coverage across all parts of the campus, including student halls of residence.
H3C has delivered its flagship iMC (intelligent Management Centre) software to the University for managing and monitoring the core backbone switches as well as the wireless network.
Looking forward, HKU may also deploy an enhanced solution from H3C to support the co-existence of IPv4 and IPv6 clients throughout all campuses.
"These network upgrades are important steps in achieving our Strategic Themes for 2009-2014. These centre around enhancing the student learning experience, advancing research and innovation, promoting knowledge exchange and demonstrating leadership across the region," said Dr. P.T. Ho, deputy director, IT services, of HKU. "Our choice of this H3C solution reflects our commitment to nurturing an environment where learning, discovery and collaboration gel seamlessly together to create an atmosphere conducive to innovation."
"Learning institutions like HKU are constantly evolving. This reflects today's learning environment which is interactive and student-centric with a strong emphasis on collaboration," said Davis Hui, general manager of H3C Hong Kong and Macau.
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