Brocade and its partner ASI Solutions, have provided an end-to-end switching infrastructure upgrade for Chevalier College based in the NSW Southern Highlands.

The college was searching for a cost-effective measure to tackle increased use of multimedia video content, web-based learning and mobile devices in classrooms and across the campus.

The network upgrade has allowed the college to increase its WiFi capacity by 400 per cent. For the first time, more than 1100 students can access the campus network via their mobile devices. "We've had a campus-wide WiFi network in place for the last five years, but many areas were speed-limited to approximately 20 percent of capacity due to bottlenecks caused by our previous switching infrastructure," Chevalier College IT manager, Adrian Burgess, said.

ASI Solutions devised a proposal to meet performance and budget criteria for the college, as well as providing advanced capabilities to transform its data storage environment.

The core of the new Chevalier College network uses Brocade VCS Fabric technology and VDX 6720 switches. When the College needs to increase core network capacity, it can connect another Brocade VDX switch into the fabric.

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To provide 1 GbE network access and to support WiFi access points, Chevalier College has also deployed Brocade ICX switches. The availability of low-latency 10 GbE capacity and VLAN support has also allowed Chevalier College to deploy over 40 terabytes of network data storage in the form of two Coraid EtherDrive VSX appliances.

These use the ATA-over-Ethernet protocol to provide network users with fast virtual disk drives while giving the school advanced data management features such as logical volume management, snapshots, cloning, mirroring, and remote replication.

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