Universiti Malaysia Perlis Chooses Juniper Networks to Expand Campus Network

Juniper Networks® announced that the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Malaysia’s leading technical university that offers courses in variety of engineering disciplines, has selected switches and gateways running the Junos® operating system to expand its campus network. Deployment of Juniper Networks' EX Series Ethernet Switches and SRX Series Security Gateways enables UniMAP to support continued growth in student enrollment and increased use of voice and video services.

Established in 2001 with its first intake of 116 engineering students in 2002, UniMAP now has around 7,000 students and 1500 staff distributed across 20 locations in Perlis, Malaysia's most northerly state. The university is committed to providing the most up-to-date networking capabilities for students and staff with free access to campus services and the Internet.

“To ensure our switch port-count stays ahead of enrollment, and to cater for higher bandwidth demand driven by multimedia usage, we needed to deploy more high-performance access switches and security on the network,” said Nasrudin Abd Shukor, Director of ICT, UniMAP. “Our selection criteria was simple: we are looking for a new network, next-generation and a leader in the high performance networking vendor to provide reliable, high-density switches that are easy to manage. Juniper Networks' cost-effective solution very much fits the bill, with common operating system that runs switching, routing and security to streamline deployment and administration.”

UniMAP has now deployed Juniper Networks EX2200 Ethernet Switches in its wiring closets, providing 48 ports per switch and four Gigabit Ethernet uplinks to the aggregation layer of the campus network. EX2200 switches are built around an ASIC-based Packet Forwarding Engine with an integrated CPU that consistently delivers wire-rate forwarding and carrier-class reliability.

The university has also deployed Juniper Networks SRX650 and SRX240 Security Gateways at the main data center and one of its distributed-campus to provide multi-dimensional security and routing that can be scaled to meet future requirements. With Junos running across all Juniper Networks devices UniMAP administrators can integrate security into a streamlined network management process that maximizes productivity and network service availability.

“The reality for campus network administrators, especially in fast-growing institutions like UniMAP, is that they have to keep adding capacity, improving availability and ensuring security in tandem,” said Wan Ahmad Kamal, Managing Director, Juniper Networks Malaysia. “That's difficult balance to achieve with point solutions but a lot easier to manage if your network systems are designed to work together and orchestrated by a single operating system such as Junos. Simple, scalable, open and ubiquitous, Junos is a building block for the next generation of network-based applications."

By utilizing a common operating system, Juniper delivers a consistent implementation and operation of control plane features across a broad and growing array of routing, switching and security products. To maintain that consistency, Junos OS adheres to a highly disciplined development process that uses a single source code, follows a single release train, and employs a highly available modular architecture that prevents isolated failures from bringing down an entire system. These attributes are fundamental to the core value of the software, enabling all Junos-powered products to be updated simultaneously with the same software release.