KEMP Helps Deltion College Lead the way in Software Defined Networks

With over 15,000 students and 1,200 staff, Deltion College in the Dutch city of Zwolle has always been an early adopter of proven new technologies and is now leading the way in Software Defined Networks (SDN). he college made the decision to replace its Cisco network with a new SDN environment to deliver Microsoft SharePoint, Lync and Exchange services in order to support high availability of educational programmes, from vocational and pre-university courses to adult education and company training schemes.

Business Needs

  • Ensure High Availability of essential applications.
  • Need to deliver high quality of experience (QoE) to a growing user base.
  • Implement a less complex network that is easier to manage.
  • Move to a more scalable, robust and manageable set up
  • Future proof the IT network.
  • Scalability and High Availability as well as improved ROI on IT OPEX and CAPEX expenditures.

Business/Workload App Usage

Support usage across 15,000 students and 1,200 staff.

Applications: Microsoft SharePoint, Lync and Exchange services.

Implementation

KEMP dynamically uses Layer 2 information such as network and server congestion extracted from the SDN controller to enrich its Layer 4 and Layer 7 load balancing policies for making more intelligent forwarding decisions and enhancing application delivery, user experience and service levels.

Benefits

  • Intelligence from L2>L7 for network resource allocation
  • Visibility of resources for pooling between applications
  • Single Point of Management
  • Dynamic configuration of network
  • Improved protection – DoS and hacking

Why Deltion College chose KEMP

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“Our experience of KEMP’s technology and excellent support made it the ideal choice to replace our Microsoft load balancing to control traffic via the SDN controller,” said Hans Hoeven, Security Officer at Deltion College.

 


“We are already seeing the benefits of the agile, automated open standards infrastructure that SDN promises,” added Hans Hoeven. “KEMP’s innovative technology and its excellent support have played a vital role in getting us to where we are today and as an educational establishment, the price/performance of its LoadMaster products have also been a key factor in the relationship. We look forward to the on-going journey”

 

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