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UAEU rolls out Brocade routers and switches

Architecture is featured in the new-state-of-the-art campus network

UAEU rolls out Brocade routers and switches
Brocade's MLX Series routers and FastIron switches have been deployed at UAEU's new state-of-the-art campus network and the system is housed at the Faculty of Information Technology (FIT).

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), one of the UAE's leading national universities, based in Al Ain, has deployed Brocade MLX Series routers and Brocade FastIron switches for its new state-of-the-art campus network.

The network is designed to improve academic and research functions and manage rapidly growing data volumes.

The new network will be able to handle both the university's current and upcoming needs for High Definition IPTV, voice, video and data with real-time intelligent infrastructure management, content delivery via virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), IPv6, Telepresence-based Video Conferencing, remote high definition virtual classes over IP, HD video and lecture capture, cloud based content delivery in classrooms and on-demand helpdesk.

Brocade says that the new network will provide a robust delivery platform for UAEU's classrooms, labs, library and lecture rooms with an integrated ICT architecture.

"The commencement of the new campus for UAEU's students marks a giant leap in our mission of establishing the UAEU as part of the global research community, which the country will be proud of and an investment which goes a long way in creating a most successful future for the UAE," said Dr Wyatt R Hume, provost of UAEU.

The UAEU data centre is situated at the Faculty of Information Technology (FIT) building, which hosts over 20 advanced IT laboratories, including an 8.3-teraflop super grid computer that is the fastest in the region.

The UAEU EarthNET network, dedicated to all the IT services, including education and learning IT services leveraging collaboration capabilities available through VoIP and IPTV, consists of two Brocade MLX-32 routers with more than 130 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) downlinks.

The SpaceNET network, dedicated to research, also consists of two Brocade MLX-32 core routers with more than 64 10 GbE downlinks to research buildings and 80 robust two-tier links to the labs, which are terminated on Brocade TurboIron switches and connectivity to Internet 2 (Ankabut).

Each of the network's distribution rooms hosts a redundant, resilient pair of Brocade FastIron SX 1600 aggregation switches with a capacity to support 33 10 GbE uplinks and downlinks. There are 430 Brocade FastIron CX access switches, which support Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+), deployed in the wiring rooms.

"The education sector is an important vertical for Brocade and we are very happy to add UAEU to our ever-increasing portfolio of high-profile institutions. Besides having an attractive price/performance value, our portfolio provides the university with a highly resilient, reliable network which is future-proof," said Ali Ahmar, regional sales manager, MENA, Brocade.

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