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Parade College Engages Brocade and Mycom for Next-Generation Campus Network
Brocade ICX Switches Provide Enterprise-Class Reliability and Simplified Administration
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA–(Marketwire – Feb 25, 2013) – Faced with the need to accommodate an increase in its student body, the introduction of always-on tablet computing and the growing demand for connectivity, Parade College has deployed a high-performance campus network from Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) to revolutionize the user experience. The Catholic secondary school, which has two campuses in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, now has implemented an enterprise-grade network to better manage its traffic loads on a 24/7 basis.
With a history dating back to 1871, Parade College has long been a beacon of excellence for secondary education in Melbourne. This drive for excellence also covers the provisioning of IT infrastructure for students and staff, with its existing network supporting 1,200 desktop PCs, 140 wireless access points, IP telephony and 180 CCTV cameras.
“We’re going to be expanding from 1,800 to 2,200 students in the next few years and are also planning to equip all our students with tablet devices, which is certainly going to drive network traffic higher,” said Daniel Caporetto, IT manager of Parade College. “The existing network infrastructure was dated and consisted of different vendors, which created management issues. There was no redundancy in the system and the amount of throughput it could support was already over-subscribed. We therefore determined to deploy a new, single-vendor solution to support traffic growth, as well as improve reliability and manageability.”
Brocade partner Mycom evaluated Parade College’s networking requirements and designed a solution to integrate the two campus networks and meet the needs for Parade College’s faculty staff and students. One of the key areas of focus was the network core, which depended on a single switch and was identified as both a bottleneck and a serious potential point of failure.
To remove this vulnerability and boost the bandwidth across the network, Mycom specified the deployment of Brocade® ICX® 6610 Switches at the network core. These switches can be stacked using four full-duplex 40 Gbps stacking ports that provide 320 Gbps of backplane stacking bandwidth. They also provide full redundancy, eliminating inter-switch bottlenecks and they deliver wire-speed, non-blocking performance across all 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10 GbE ports.
The access layer within Parade College’s new campus networks is provided by Brocade ICX 6430 Switches with Power over Ethernet (PoE) capabilities to support IP phones, cameras and WiFi access points. With up to forty-eight 1 GbE access ports per switch, and additional ports for stacking and unlinking to the core, the Brocade solution gives Parade College enterprise-class performance and reliability at an entry-level price.
“The overall network design, close working relationship, recommendation of Brocade infrastructure and hands on migration support was a winning package,” said Caporetto. “The support has always been there when we’ve needed it, which hasn’t been often since the network has performed as we needed it to from day one.”
“Our campus network solutions are gaining significant traction throughout the Australian education sector thanks to their cost-effective performance and operating economics. With the Brocade ICX switches, Parade College has a non-stop network core with scalability to meet its future needs and a plug-and-play access layer — all of which can be managed through the same software. That’s a pretty compelling value proposition for budget-conscious school administrations,” said Charlie Foo, Asia Pacific Vice President of Brocade.
This network platform is supported by Brocade’s world-class support infrastructure. With multiple Brocade Technical Assistance Centers and more than 170 parts depots in over 40 countries, Brocade is capable of delivering reliable support whenever and wherever it is needed.
MYCOM Pty Ltd was established in 2005 with the aim of providing infrastructure solutions to Australian business. It achieved Brocade Alliance Partner Network Program Premier member status in 2011 and to date has successfully implemented Brocade solutions across multiple industries.
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Parade College adpots UTM for network security.
Parade College is a dual campus Catholic boys school which since 1871 has sought innovative, creative and effective ways of achieving best practice teaching and learning. Protecting a network that is used by close to 2000 students and teachers is not a job for the faint-hearted. Parade College has a network with over 720 personal computers for the use of students, 270 personal computers for teachers and a suite of ‘e-rooms’ or shared spaces containing computers within a cluster of classrooms. Underpinning the IT strategy is a program to continuously evaluate and deploy new technologies to strengthen the security of its network.
The task of achieving the school’s technical aims while at the same time preserving open lines of communication falls to Daniel Caporetto, IT Manager, Parade College.
“Parade College requires high availability and reliable performance while providing sufficient bandwidth for teachers and students to access web-based resources safely and securely,” says Caporetto.
Up until 2009, the college had been using a Blue Reef Sonar Internet Management Platform for network security but this had suffered reliability issues in terms of load balancing and high availability.
“The result was that our teachers were increasingly unable to access and instruct course material through the internet during lesson time and the IT team were constantly calling Blue Reef support for basic tasks,” explains Caporetto.
“We needed a solution to balance compliance and protection of college resources while allowing the freedom an academic environment demands to access the internet on an as-needs basis for instructional learning. At the same time, we needed to ensure that network intrusions were detected and responded to in a timely manner so that teacher access to the internet would be uninterrupted.”
Parade College engaged in an extensive evaluation of the current solutions on the market that were the most viable over the long term. In so doing, it sought to upgrade its network to a high-availability, purpose-built hardware appliance platform.
“We needed a hardware solution that could mitigate any future attacks and enable single sign-on for both students and teachers. Only WatchGuard’s unified threat management (UTM) appliances proved to us that their technology could do this and do it very well,” says Caporetto.
“WatchGuard was exceptionally responsive. In our initial contact we deployed a UTM which we rapidly configured during the school holidays and scheduled an outage to see if it all worked well. At the time, WatchGuard sent us a brand new UTM appliance and we could immediately see that it performed head and shoulders above the previous solution,” says Caporetto.
Armed with this reassurance, the college deployed a WatchGuard Firebox 5500e UTM appliance at its primary Bundoora campus. This provides comprehensive protection against spam, malware, viruses, worms, trojans, spyware and blended threats. In addition, WatchGuard’s advanced operating system includes active/active high availability with load balancing, dynamic routing, VLAN support and multiWAN failover to ensure reliability.
Parade College has also deployed a Firebox Core 1250e UTM at its Preston campus which has been optimised for throughput performance at nearly 1500 Mbps.
In selecting WatchGuard, Parade College worked closely with MYCOM, a WatchGuard partner headquartered in Melbourne.
“Deployment was straightforward following the initial school holiday trial. We simply copied the configuration from the test unit to the Firebox 5500e appliance and were up and running immediately,” says Caporetto.
WatchGuard’s online reporting capabilities also make it easy to view real-time security status reports.
“We have never seen a performance hit once putting WatchGuard inline, proving to us that its architecture and protection mechanisms were truly built for high-performance networks, and not just marketed that way. We don’t have downtime anymore.
“WatchGuard is pretty much at a set-and-forget stage now, which is good for us,” says Caporetto.
24 Aug 2010
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