Nortel nets contract with Sharjah College

The Sharjah Institute of Technology (SIT) has consolidated all campus communications into a single internet protocol (IP) network to support the demands of its students.

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By  Administrator Published  February 22, 2007

The Sharjah Institute of Technology (SIT) has consolidated all campus communications into a single internet protocol (IP) network to support the demands of its students.

At a cost of almost US$275,000, SIT has deployed Nortel's Ethernet Routing Switches 8600, which the vendor said offered scalable resiliency through split multi-link trunking (SMLT), and its Ethernet Routing Switches 5000, designed to provide high-density gigabit desktop connectivity and power over ethernet (PoE) capability.

To ensure a highly secure solution, Nortel's VPN (virtual private network) Router 2700 has also been deployed.

Khalid Khougali, head of ICT at SIT, told IT Weekly, the institute had replaced its previous, data-only, ‘Planet' network because the Nortel technology allowed it to offer combined voice and data services, as well as providing a more stable and secure platform.

"The network wasn't stable any more," he said. "It wasn't capable of taking that amount of use. It was falling down all the time."

Khougali said the Nortel network had proved much more reliable, not crashing once since its implementation last July, and was "fantastic" at stopping the spread of viruses if a computer on the network got infected.

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