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Case Study: RWTH Aachen University

Benefiting from an extended data center network

Germany's largest technical university built a powerful network with elastic scalability that is easily managed with Cisco ACI automation capabilities. This data center solution allows Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen University to handle extremely large data sets from numerous academic departments, research groups, and industry organizations, including the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.



  • Support hundreds of tenants and their distinct computing requirements.
  • Transition to IPv6 and align with open source tools and cloud technologies.
  • Increase the bandwidth and scalability of the data center network.
  • Improve operational efficiency.


  • Implemented a powerful network with elastic scalability.
  • Implemented a stretched fabric with 100G links.
  • Reduced infrastructure deployment times from hours to minutes.
  • Increased network security, visibility, and control.
  • Streamlined collaboration between network and server teams.

What they're saying

Cisco ACI is a more complete package than the other [software-defined networking] solutions we considered. It supports both physical and virtual systems, and it integrates with open source tools.

Nils Neumann, Network Operations Center Team Leader, RWTH Aachen University

Who is RWTH Aachen University?

Industry: Higher education
Location: Aachen, Germany
Size: 9000 employees and 45,000 students
Website: www.rwth-aachen.de