University Of Agriculture Selects Layer3 To Build Campus Network

University of Agriculture, Makurdi Selects Layer3 to Build Fiber Campus Network with 10 Gigabit Ethernet Solutions from Juniper Networks

The University of Agriculture, Makurdi (UAM), Benue State, Nigeria’s topmost agriculture university, has selected Layer3, one of Juniper’s certified partners, to build one of the most sophisticated campus networks in Nigeria with 10 Gigabit Ethernet solutions from Juniper Networks®. The network will enable UAM to deliver high-speed Internet and intranet access to its 8,000+ students and staff respectively in its campuses in Makurdi and will enable the university to facilitate e- learning, online applications and multimedia communications services for staff and students.

With the objective of building an infrastructure capable of creating a world-class e-learning environment and to cope with a fast-growing staff and student population, UAM opted for a company that had the technical expertise and a network platform that was reliable, scalable, and could accommodate future technology advancements. The network will support the convergence of storage, data and multimedia at consistent speeds.

“As a university that prides itself on academic excellence and the development of the next generation of technology leaders for Nigeria, it is important that we keep pace with advancements around the world. To become a world-class university, we need to provide world-class facilities with a highly dependable communications infrastructure. Having explored the various technology options and companies in the networking area, we were very comfortable with the combination of product quality, customer service and technology leadership that Layer3 and Juniper Networks offered,” said the UAM Vice Chancellor, Prof. D. V. Uza.

The Juniper Networks EX4200 and EX2200 series switches, chosen for their high throughput, open interoperability and lower energy consumption, will serve as the backbone of the new UAM network. The Juniper Networks EX-series switches’ ability to support a full 15.4 watts of Class 3 Power over Ethernet (PoE) on all 48 ports (versus 24 ports in competing switches) was “one of the most important items” in UAM’s decision, according to Nentawe Goshen, UAM’s IT Director. “Other switches have software that helps moderate power usage, and can be enhanced with subsequent hardware purchases, but the Juniper switches will meet our expected network needs right out of the box, while consuming 15-30 percent less power than the competition.”

Juniper’s security solutions and modular network architecture, based on JUNOS® software, were also key factors in UAM’s decision to select Juniper Networks. In addition to the EX-series switches, UAM is deploying Juniper Networks SRX Series service gateway, a secure router that provides additional security features including unified threat management which consists of IPS, antispam, anti-virus and web filtering. They are purpose-built to deliver an ideal mix of high performance, security, and LAN/WAN connectivity. The planned network also includes the NSMXpress , a purpose built security hardened appliance version of Juniper’s Network and Security Manager (NSM) optimized towards providing a single centralized management solution to effectively manage all the deployed Juniper Networks family of devices including routers, switches, and firewalls.

“It is an honor for Layer3 to be selected to build one of the most sophisticated campus networks in Nigeria. We are proud that UAM is playing an exemplary role in investing in technology and its future. We hope that other educational institutions will take heed and ensure technological advancement and promote the evolution of IT in the country,” said Oyaje Idoko, the Chief Executive Officer of Layer3.

Layer3 will also be leveraging its leased national fiber network capacity to provide the university access to low latency broadband Internet, an upgrade from their previous VSAT-based service, as well as providing support and training for the institutions IT staff and students. UAM students studying IT-related courses will be given priority for industrial training in Layer3 where they will have hands-on experience on next generation network solutions running on Juniper Networks platform and free Juniper certification exams thereafter.