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Mazenod College upgrades network with Brocade

Adrian M. Reodique | June 27, 2016
This is line with the school’s comprehensive local area network (LAN) upgrade.

Mazenod College in Australia has implemented Brocade's networking solution in line with its comprehensive local area network (LAN) upgrade.

In a press statement, Brocade said the school's existing network infrastructure was failing to meet the growing demand of laptops, tablets and interactive data projectors to access multimedia assets which were stored on a central IP storage area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) arrays.

"Fast wired and wireless network access is an absolute must for us to deliver a high-quality computing experience for every department, as well as for all students, teachers, and parents," said Hugo van Niekerk, ICT director of Mazenod College. "We also required a smart, agile network that could support changes on the fly, such as a last-minute classroom shift, with the technology automatically 'moving' with the teacher."

As such, Mazenod College deployed Brocade ICX 7250 campus network switches to provide 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports for wired devices with each of its Fortinet 802.11ac wireless access points. The switches are connected via dual 1 GbE ports combined into a 2 Gbps link aggregation group.

In addition, the school leveraged Brocade VDX 6740 data centre switches to provide the network core. They also implemented Brocade VCS Fabric technology, which creates Ethernet fabric with 10 GbE optical links to the servers and access switches of the school. The Brocade VDX 6740 switches in the VCS fabric support the Network File System (NFS) and Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCI) storage systems.

The school also uses Brocade Network Advisor application which provides an insight and control over the campus network operation.

According to Brocade, the new network solution has enabled the 850 students of Mazenod College to enjoy 100 Mbps of bandwidth on the network at all times. It also allows the school to maximise its use of locally hosted teaching and learning activity tools such as high-definition video and multimedia.

"Brocade offered us a great solution in terms of technology, price, and support that integrates well with the rest of our infrastructure," said van Niekerk. "It has enabled us to establish an advanced campus 'nervous system' that has already delivered tremendous improvements and created the foundation for us to provide some exciting innovations."


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