Najran University boosts data centre performance with F5
Network and application optimisation solutions help improve performance of services and e-learning
Najran University has deployed application and network optimisation solutions from F5 Networks to improve the performance of its data centre, applications and online services.
The Saudi university has deployed the solutions as part of an ongoing expansion plan which includes a project to improve web services for students and to develop e-learning programs to serve students in remote areas. The F5 solutions will also ensure high availability, scalability and security for its web server, and optimise Najran University's various virtualisation initiatives.
"The Kingdom's future depends on its growing youth population, so it is essential that the infrastructure exists to empower and educate in the most effective manner possible," said Abduwahab Al Hazmi, Director of Information Technology, Najran University.
"Najran University is doing everything to step up its efforts in this respect, including using the latest IT solutions to optimise every aspect of our operations and reaching our widest pool of students yet through our remote learning facility. In order to provide a valuable, lasting contribution the Kingdom's education plans we need to be quick, we need to be adaptable and we need to be accessible. Teaming up with F5 Networks gives us a chance to be all of those things and to make a real positive impact on student prospects."
The expansion to Najran University, which is already one of the largest in Saudi Arabia, with male and female campuses spread over 18m square meters, is part of government plans to develop the education sector in the Kingdom. Earlier this year, King Abdullah approved a five-year plan worth more than 80 billion riyals ($21.33 billion) to develop Saudi Arabia's education sector.
An important part of this strategy is to provide e-learning courses to serve remote areas. The Ministry of Labor and edX, a US-based nonprofit education provider, recently a Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) initiative for remote learning.
"Najran University is a fast-growing and hugely dynamic educational institution that will only gain in importance as the Saudi government continues to invest improved education measures across the country," said Mamduh Allam, Saudi Arabia general manager, F5 Networks. "F5 Networks is proud to support Najran University's efforts to expand and empower significant new numbers of students."