Nov. 24, 2016
Photo (Nottingham University) - Nottingham University in Malaysia Campus
The UK's Nottingham University Malaysia Campus (UNMC) has implemented a wired and wireless networking solution to deliver the best-in-class online experience to its students, it said.
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."
Ching said UNMC's Selangor Campus was also the first site in Asia Pacific to roll out a combined wired and wireless solution from Brocade Ruckus Wired and Wireless Network Infrastructure.
Commenting on the solution selected, he said, "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."
Under a managed service agreement, using network switches from Brocade and WiFi access systems from Ruckus (acquired by Brocade in May of this year) have helped to deliver a wired and wireless solution to 2,400 on-campus students within UNMC's student hostels, backed by a multiyear onsite support component.
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, said Ching. .
The implementation team also carried out a complete site survey across the 11 hostels to ensure seamless wireless coverage without any blind spots.
"University students are all digital natives with high expectations about Wi-Fi access quality and a low tolerance of service failure," said Abdul Aziz Ali, country manager for Malaysia, Brocade. "Accessing high-bandwidth video services, class materials, and social applications is a big part of engaging in campus life."
Established in 2000, UNMC was the first branch of a British university in the country and one of the first to open outside Britain. It currently has about 5,000 students enrolled in courses ranging across the arts, engineering, and science disciplines.