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Case Study: Maastricht University

University improves security, tackles technology initiatives

Maastricht University (UM) is a leading international university in the Netherlands, and it’s still growing. UM needed to meet the networking needs of a dispersed environment across 50 buildings and two remote data centers. To achieve this, they moved from traditional networking to Cisco ACI, the industry’s leading software-defined networking (SDN) solution.

Summary

Challenges

  • Simplify management and increase event visibility
  • Deliver high bandwidth and availability for critical research
  • Simplify network management across campus
  • Improve performance and security posture

Results

  • Simplified campus-wide network and security management
  • Increased protection of student and employee data 
  • Integrated network management for VMware 
  • Enabled 50 percent faster issue resolution 
  • Delivered superior bandwidth for research and other needs
  • Remote data centers are managed as a single entity without sacrificing resilience

What they’re saying

We’re currently building out a security operations center and dispersing security engineers in all teams to ensure security and foster collaboration. The Cisco ACI networking environment is not only simplifying management and accelerating problem resolution, it is breaking down barriers between different teams so we can work together effectively.

Marc Jonkers Network Team Leader, Maastricht University

Who is Maastricht University?

Industry: Higher education
Location: Maastricht, The Netherlands
Size: 18,000 students
Website: https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/