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Gen-Y students drive Malaysia's KDU to roll out Brocade mission-critical network

AvantiKumar | April 19, 2016
Malaysian University College KDU has opted for a holistic wired/wireless network design.

Sean Ong - Brocade Malaysia 

Photo - Sean Ong, Country Manager, Brocade Malaysia.


KDU University College (KDU) has selected networking specialist Brocade to roll out a highly automated, flexible, and scalable network to meet the needs of Gen-Y students.

KDU's senior information systems manager Yong Chee Seng said the new mission-critical network at KDU's new 10-acre campus in the Klang Valley suburb of Glenmarie has been designed for 24x7 cloud service access, whether from the university college's private cloud data centre or public cloud service providers, allowing students and staff to get online from anywhere on the campus while minimising the university college's operational overhead.

"The ability to mix and match switches at both the access and aggregation layers of the architecture is one way Brocade has helped our IT organisation easily scale our campus LAN at KDU," said Yong.

"This means we can add ports as needed, without adding new management complexity," said Yong. "Being able to manage the entire campus as one logical chassis with Brocade Network Advisor management software means that advanced switching features and services can also be propagated to all switches in the stack."

According to KDU's IT team, the university college has been able to achieve its 99.5 percent service level target with the Brocade campus network as well as a 50 percent gain in information systems staff productivity compared with network operations at its former campus.

KDU infrastructure

Brocade Malaysia country manager Sean Ong said the new campus network included Brocade ICX 6610 and ICX 6450 switches deployed across nine different switch rooms with multiple 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 40 GbE inter-switch stacking links.

Ong said Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) capabilities support wireless network access points, IP telephones, and IP video cameras across the campus. In addition, the whole infrastructure has been integrated with Brocade HyperEdge Architecture so that it can be managed as a single intelligent device.

Unified end-to-end management and automation to the campus WiFi system uses Aruba Networks, which works closely with Brocade on technology integration, he said.

"KDU University College's students expect to be able to connect up to the campus network, stream video, and make use of other latency-sensitive applications on their mobile devices," said Ong. "When thousands of students are doing that, it puts a huge load on a university campus network."

"But the KDU infrastructure is up to the task as the more Brocade ICX switches are in a stack, the greater the resilience and backplane performance," he said. "From the university college's operations perspective, scaling the network by adding more Brocade ICX switches makes no difference, because they are auto-configured under the HyperEdge Architecture."
KDU University College's campus currently has about 3,200 students and 300 staff, with student headcount due to rise in the 2016/2017 academic year.


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