German University of Cairo selects HP network
GUC deploys HP networking solutions to connect students and staff
The German University in Cairo (GUC) has announced a complete overhaul of its network, to replace its existing infrastructure with HP solutions.
The Egyptian university, which has over 8,000 students and was established in co-operation with the Universities of Ulm, Stuttgart, Mannheim and Tübingen, has deployed HP FlexNetwork Architecture, which will integrate with its existing HP Converged Infrastructure solutions. The network will support critical applications for the university, while offering easier network administration and lower TCO.
The university has rolled out dual redundant HP 7510 switches for wire-speed 10Gb connectivity for maximum throughput. In the data centre core, where GUC was already using HP ProLiant Blade Servers and HP Enterprise Virtual Arrays (EVA) storage, a resilient HP 8212 switch with high-availability features ensures system continuity and enhances network productivity.
At the distribution layer, 22 HP 5800 switches provide the bandwidth necessary for secure, high-speed communications while 140 intelligent HP 5120 switches at the edge eliminate loops in the network for maximum reliability.
The project also includes HP Intelligent Management Centre (IMC) software to manage all network resources and users. Network security will be safeguarded by HP IMC User Access Management (UAM) and Endpoint Admission Defence (EAD) modules. HP IMC UAM delivers network access control to help reduce vulnerabilities and security breaches. HP IMC EAD minimises network exposure by integrating security policy management and endpoint posture assessment to identify and isolate risks at the network edge.
HP Network Consulting Services provided installation and training support during the integration.
To meet the growing demands on our IT infrastructure, we need a high performance network that is cost-effective and simple to manage," said Ihab Moneer, IT systems and network administrator, GUC. "With a single operating system and management platform, HP Networking switches allow us to meet our current networking needs and give us the flexibility for future expansion."