Mobile learning scores high marks at City, University of London

As universities continue to grow their digital capabilities, investing in infrastructure suitable to support future strategies is essential. City, University of London is found needing to support a rapidly multiplying number of user devices 24/7; the responsibility is magnified as City University operates in 24 buildings spread across London. The need to meet the demands and expectations of 18,000 students and an additional 2,000 staff members is no small task.

Network reliability is fundamental in supporting applications ranging from streaming lectures to the Moodle virtual learning environment. After stretching assets for 10 years, City University turned to Extreme Networks Automated Campus with Extreme Fabric technologies to revitalise their network and meet performance goals. 

Extreme Networks provides City University with pioneering Automated Campus solutions. The solution leverages the Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) protocol coupled with VLANs enabling separate data centres to turn into one true virtual network data centre. Along with Extreme’s Configuration and Orchestration Manager offering a graphical network view, City University’s IT department is able to seamlessly manage their daily network activities.

The solution enhances interoperability allowing changes to easily be implemented adapting to future strategies. City’s upgrade to 360 Edge and Core Switches was deployed flawlessly, resulting in extending the reach of Extreme Fabric Technology to remote campuses, in turn boosting end user satisfaction. 

Key Facts

·         Assured Reliability and Flexibility: Extreme’s Automated Campus solutions’ simplicity has empowered City University Mobile learning scores high marks at City, University of Londonwith the confidence to make changes to their network during working hours. Separating traffic enables having a higher degree of control on information and resource access, including student learning materials.

·         Secure, Reliable, Visible Network: Extreme Analytics provides an overview of the applications running on their network, user locations and devices from a single pane of glass. This is enables City University to keep their network healthy and pin down issues and troubleshoot. 

·         End-User Satisfaction: Extreme Network’s Identity Engine is deployed across campus to transform access control for user devices and the SPB protocol enables traffic to be automatically redirected via the shortest available path. 

·         Extreme Extended Edge Switching: This feature increases reliability and performance to enhance device and application operation. The technology compresses multiple layers into a single switch to limit complexities, improving the capabilities of the Edge Switches.

·         Extreme Wireless: Extreme’s wireless solutions provide wired-like performance, built with weather proof material to be deployed and provide seamless connection to high density environments across campus.

Executive Perspectives

John Morrison, Vice President EMEA Sales and Services, Extreme Networks

“Institutions such as City University need to deliver demanding, complex, secure services and applications which need to be uninterrupted providing the Quality of Experience demanded by Students, Staff and third party contractors. Networks designed with port speeds and density to fulfil the requirements outlined and managing such a large complex density of users and buildings is challenging. Extreme Fabric which is a key component of the Extreme Automated Campus removes those complexities and provides IT departments with a simplified automated managed network with integration and reliability demanded by the end users and senior stakeholders. Thus allowing IT staff to concentrate on delivering next generation solution.”

Paulo Leal, Network Team Leader, City, University of London 

“I am very happy we stayed with Extreme Networks as they’re leading the way, especially where Extreme Automated Campus is concerned. One day there was a complete power failure in one of the buildings where a core switch is located. It was the ultimate test – and there was absolutely no impact on users.”