Oxford Brookes University

Upgraded network infrastructure delivering enhanced student services

Now, thanks to our partnership, we not only know that our campus infrastructure is secure and scalable, but we have a roadmap in product innovation and capabilities that will help us meet future network demands.
Robin Breathe, CTO, Oxford Brookes University


The Background

Set in a historic student city, Oxford Brookes is one of the UK’s leading modern universities and enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation as well as strong links with business and industry. Home to more than 2,500 staff and 18,000 students, it can trace its origins to 1865 when the former Oxford School of Art was established. The university was renamed in 1992 to honour its former principal, John Brookes. The university’s School of Architecture is one of the largest in Britain.

The Challenge

Due to rapid student and physical expansion, Oxford Brookes University required a solution that would meet this growth, whilst still be able to provide security, efficiency and cost savings.

The Solution

Daisy worked together with Oxford Brookes and Juniper Networks to propose a secure campus infrastructure solution with Juniper technologies that would encompass a single operating system, with high-performance security capabilities and technical innovation built for the future. Following successful testing of Juniper’s EX Series Ethernet Switches and SRX Series Services Gateways platforms, the EX4550 Ethernet switch was singled out as the most suitable foundation upon which to build the network. The EX4550 supports Juniper’s unique Virtual Chassis technology, which enables up to 10 interconnected switches to operate as a single, logical device. This was installed together with the SRX3600 Services Gateway to ensure consistent, campus-wide security for multiple media types, as well as securing both wired and wireless communications.

The Result

With Daisy’s dynamic service interface, Synapse, included in the solution, Oxford Brookes has complete visibility and control over the status of the network and is able to spot and react to faults through Synapse’s unique fault reporting tool, helping minimise downtime and reduce costs. Daisy appointed a dedicated project manager who worked with Juniper Networks to ensure end-to end accountability from initial planning to execution and ongoing monitoring.

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  • Sector: Education
  • No. Employees: 1,000 - 5,000
  • Services Taken: LAN & WiFi and Servers, Storage & Virtualisation

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