Tuesday, 15 November 2016 19:28

University of Nottingham Malaysia campus gets a pro Bro with Ruckus

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Brocade, the company that acquired Ruckus Wireless, and which is now being acquired by Broadcom, has done a major wireless deal with the University of Nottingham’s Malaysian campus.

Uni students can often create quite a ruckus, but it's the Ruckus solutions set from Brocade that is shaking things up at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC).

The University and Brocade/Ruckus proudly boast that this is now "the first site in Asia Pacific to implement a complete networking solution that combines both Brocade network switches and Wi-Fi access systems from Ruckus Wireless, which was acquired by Brocade in May this year".

We are told that "the new wired and wireless network, deployed under a managed service agreement, provides 2,400 on-campus students with high-availability, high-performance Wi-Fi coverage within UNMC's student hostels, backed by a multiyear onsite support component".

Established in 2000, UNMC was "the first branch of a British university in the country and one of the first to open outside Britain".

The UNMC tells us it "currently has approximately 5000 students enrolled in courses ranging across the arts, engineering, and science disciplines", and has been rated "as 'excellent' or Tier 5, making it the highest rated international university in Malaysia on a scale of Tier 1-6 by the Malaysian government".

UNMC's director of Campus Services, Nicholas Ching, said: “One of our key strategies for competing for the best faculty and students is to provide them with best-in-class facilities, which is why we've invested in a complete infrastructure revamp to support our student network services.

“The Brocade Ruckus solution presented us with a compelling value proposition combining technical excellence, a successful track record of large-scale deployments, and a solid support model."

So, what was the Brocade/Ruckus solution?

We are then informed that "a key requirement for UNMC was to provide students with highly reliable Wi-Fi access, offering predictable performance and support for the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.

"The solution leverages the clustering capabilities of the Ruckus® SmartZone 100 wireless controllers and Brocade ICX family of stackable switches to deliver non-stop service.

"The Brocade ICX switches provide standard 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet capabilities to support over 400 Ruckus ZoneFlex Wi-Fi access points located within UNMC's student accommodation blocks."

Then comes the news that the implementation team "also carried out a complete site survey across the 11 hostels to ensure seamless wireless coverage without any blindspots. The implementation utilises Ruckus adaptive antenna technology and automatic interference mitigation, which is designed to deliver consistent, predictable performance at extended ranges, enabling strong wireless coverage in each student dorm room".

Abdul Aziz Ali, country manager for Malaysia, Brocade, said: “University students are all digital natives with high expectations about Wi-Fi access quality and a low tolerance of service failure.

"Accessing high-bandwidth video services, class materials, and social applications is a big part of engaging in campus life, with The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus now being able to provide its resident students with a best-in-class Wi-Fi user experience.”

As part of the managed services agreement with UNMC, Brocade says its "partner MYI Technologies will have a resident engineer onsite for three years on a 24x7 basis. In addition to managing the Brocade Ruckus network infrastructure, the engineer will also be responsible for supporting the Internet gateway and security components of the university's student network services."


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