HCT deploys Juniper MetaFabric architecture to boost data centre delivery
Higher Colleges of Technology selects Juniper to improve services delivery and increase network speeds
The UAE Higher Colleges of Technology has deployed a Juniper Network MetaFabric architecture which will enable it to deliver new services and increase network speeds.
The cloud-ready MetaFabric architecture allows resources to be shared securely and easily among multiple faculty staff and students, improving the user experience and reducing capital and operational costs.
The new architecture will help HCT to meet growing demand from faculty and departments for more bandwidth, new applications, services and improved user experience.
"Previously, our many applications were linked to multiple, rigid and smaller data centre hardware that was designated to support specific college applications. We needed the functionality of software and hardware products delivered in a more scalable fashion that can support multiple applications through cloud computing and deliver services on a dynamic, consolidated and shared IT infrastructure," said Saif Salem Bamadhaf, chief technology officer, HCT.
Using a MetaFabric architecture, HCT's data centre network infrastructure becomes cloud ready with increased levels of automation, flexibility, scalability and programmability. HCT simplified its network architecture by consolidating core systems and collapsing inefficient network layers with MetaFabric and a single network operating system - Juniper Networks Junos OS. HCT can now share resources across all campuses and departments by virtualizing and segmenting network assets into simple, logical, and scalable partitions for various applications and services.
MetaFabric also enables HCT to secure data flows across both physical and virtual environments, with integrated and dynamic security services in the network to provide scale, threat visibility and enforcement. This level of flexible security and compliance is particularly important in an environment with a regular stream of new students bringing portable learning devices onto the network.
Samer Kudsi, sales director, enterprise Middle East and North Africa, Juniper Networks, commented: "HCT is at the forefront of innovative and hands-on work-place teaching and learning methodologies in the Middle East region. The new network using Juniper's MetaFabric Architecture will support HCT with the foundation for cutting-edge excellence in its advanced education system well into the future."