USEK selects HP FlexNetwork solutions
HP Network Consulting Services to provide infrastructure for Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
Lebanon's Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) will roll out a new network based on HP FlexNetwork solutions.
The network will be designed, deployed and supported by HP Network Consulting Services under a five year agreement, as a core-to-edge network which will carry cloud and virtualised applications as well as support a BYOD policy.
The network is intended to improve communications for the 7,500 students and 900 staff across four campuses. The network is open standards based, and will be integrated with the university's existing virtualized HP Converged Infrastructure and hardware.
"We needed to provide the USEK community with the most reliable, user-friendly services," said Ziad Eid, IT Director, USEK. "Replacing the old network with HP FlexNetwork architecture will radically simplify IT tasks, making it easier to manage and significantly lowering our IT costs. The HP Networking solution will not only improve service reliability and availability but also reduce power consumption to support our green initiative. This project was one of a kind in the Middle East."
The solution will include dual redundant HP 10508 switches at the core, HP 5500 Switches in the aggregation layer, and HP 5120 switches at the access layer, with all switches consolidated into virtualised communities with HP's Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) virtualization technology.
The project also includes HP Intelligent Management Centre (IMC) software, which will automate management of the network, to reduce the load on IT staff.
"USEK needs a secure, centrally orchestrated network environment that can be scaled from the data centre to the network edge to address future IT needs," said Salah Isawi, managing director, HP Jordan. "As well as the best total cost of ownership with lifetime warranty on most of the products, HP offers a collaborative approach to achieving USEK's business continuity, reliability and green objectives."