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Melbourne Catholic secondary school, Parade College, has deployed a high-performance campus network from networking solutions vendor, Brocade, to accommodate the needs of an increased student body and to manage traffic loads across its network around-the-clock.

The Brocade installation will involve the introduction of always-on tablet computing to cope with the college’s growing demand for connectivity.

“We’re going to be expanding from 1,800 to 2,200 students in the next few years and are also planning to equip all our students with tablet devices, which is certainly going to drive network traffic higher,” Daniel Caporetto, IT manager of Parade College, said.

“The existing network infrastructure was dated and consisted of different vendors, which created management issues. There was no redundancy in the system and the amount of throughput it could support was already over-subscribed. We therefore determined to deploy a new, single-vendor solution to support traffic growth, as well as improve reliability and manageability.”

Caporetto said the school’s two campuses in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, had now implemented the enterprise-grade network to better manage traffic loads on a 24/7 basis.

The Brocade installation also covers the provisioning of IT infrastructure for students and staff, with the school’s existing network supporting 1,200 desktop PCs, 140 wireless access points, IP telephony and 180 CCTV cameras.

Brocade partner, Mycom evaluated Parade College’s networking requirements and designed a solution to integrate the two campus networks and meet the needs for Parade College’s faculty staff and students.

Caporetto said that one of the key areas of focus was the network core, which depended on a single switch and was  identified as both a bottleneck and a serious potential point of failure.

To remove this vulnerability and boost the bandwidth across the network, Mycom specified the deployment of Brocade ICX 6610 Switches at the network core.

Charlie Foo, Asia Pacific Vice President of Brocade, said the company’s  campus network solutions were gaining “significant traction throughout the Australian education sector thanks to their cost-effective performance and operating economics.”

“With the Brocade ICX switches, Parade College has a non-stop network core with scalability to meet its future needs and a plug-and-play access layer—all of which can be managed through the same software. That’s a pretty compelling value proposition for budget-conscious school administrations.”


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