Universidad Complutense of Madrid selects Enterasys to install high-performance network for services like telemedicine

Madrid 05 June 2003The Universidad Complutense of Madrid (UCM), the world's fourth largest university, has selected Enterasys for a $2,7 million network infrastructure project. UCM selected Enterasys' switching and network management solutions to build an infrastructure providing the highest levels of network security and performance, and to support current and future applications such as on-demand video conferencing, telemedicine and high-resolution digital images.

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The new network infrastructure provides information and services for the institution's teaching, research, and administrative departments, and will increase the overall efficiency of the University's processes and systems. The project's objectives include increased productivity, security and manageability, as well as supporting a versatile portfolio of services for a wide range of users.

The University utilises Enterasys' Matrix switches to deliver standards-based Gigabit Ethernet throughout the network, while leveraging its original network resources. The modular architecture of Enterasys' Matrix switching platform provides UCM with a migration path to future technologies while protecting its initial technology investments.

"Thanks to the new network, we can increase both the effectiveness and productivity of the University, thus optimising our investment", stated Mighel Baena, director of information technology for the Universidad Complutense. "This has been possible mostly due to the technology of Enterasys Networks, which has allowed us to continue using existing equipment and protect our previous investments, while simultaneously offering the required flexibility and scalability to integrate new technologies in the future."

In addition to Enterasys Matrix switches, the solution also includes Enterasys' NetSight management software, providing the University's IT staff a higher level of network control and security, increasing the productivity of its staff and the effectiveness of the network's security controls. UCM plans to leverage its new network capabilities with future projects, including remote software implementation through disk cloning, multi-casting and the application of dynamic policy-based networking through Enterasys' User Personalised Networking (UPN) solution.

Now, with high-availability and increased network control, the University plans to launch a suite of new services and applications to its students, educators and staff, including:

  • Multimedia and image exchanges between its Somosaguas and Moncloa campuses
  • Broadcast and video conferencing capabilities between campus centres
  • Research programmes, including telemedicine, image transmission, and others
  • Campus-wide wireless coverage for mobile network connectivity
  • High-speed Internet access

"Enterasys recognises our customers' need for a network capable of accommodating future growth while simultaneously leveraging the technology investment that they already have in place", stated Mark Aslett, president, Enterasys Networks. "The modular design and policy-based networking capabilities of our products deliver the network security, performance and efficiency that the Universidad Complutense requires. The new Enterasys infrastructure is poised to grow along with the University for years to come."

The Universidad Complutense de Madrid enjoys a rich history tracing back to the General Study founded by King Sancho IV of Castile on May 20th, 1293. More than 700 years later, Complutense has grown to become the fourth largest University in the world in terms of students. UCM serves more than 109.000 students and employs more than 9400 faculty and staff. The University offers over 70 official degrees across four areas of knowledge: Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Health Science and Social Services. UCM operates two campuses in Moncloa and Somosaguas, encompassing more than 36.000 acres.

Enterasys Networks is a global provider of Business-Driven Networks for enterprise-class customers. Enterasys' innovative network infrastructure offerings deliver the security, productivity and agility benefits required by Global 2000 organisations, coupled with the industry's strongest service and support.


Leslie Versweyveld

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