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