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Modernizing a Campus Network: The Success Story of Kantonsschule Zug

Vera Freitas
February 2020
written by Vera Freitas
Online and Content Marketing Specialist

A high-availability IT infrastructure with sufficient performance is essential for modern teaching. The Kantonsschule Zug relied on Juniper Networks to renew its ageing network infrastructure and build a high-performance network at a unique price-performance ratio that meets the school’s current and future needs.

Challenges

The Kantonsschule Zug relies on a high-performance, always available and simple network infrastructure. “Teachers are extremely demanding, very individualistic and typically not particularly close to IT. The IT infrastructure has to be fast and easy to work with,“ says Christian Wittenhorst, who is responsible for the infrastructure and network of the Kantonsschule Zug.

However, with network traffic having increased massively over the past few years, the existing solution has reached its limits. For this reason, the Kantonsschule Zug decided to modernize its IT infrastructure. 

Solutions

After a careful evaluation of the offers, the Kantonsschule Zug opted for the efficient network concept of the local Juniper Networks Elite Partner ngworx, thereby implementing a new campus network based on a Juniper Networks infrastructure. Powered by the Junos OS’s advanced end-to-end network operating system, the EX Series Ethernet switches are high-performance, low-cost, carrier-class switches that combine high availability and reliability with the flexibility, enable high data rates, and provide simplified network management.

“We have consistently gained positive experience with Juniper products and got to know ngworx as a technically experienced and reliable partner, with whom we also maintain an open exchange outside of commercial projects.” 

The solution was implemented in cooperation with the experienced network specialists of ngworx. The project was started on schedule, and the initial difficulties were soon solved. After the migration, everything went according to plan, namely without failure. “All in all, the migration worked much better than expected. And what pleases us in particular: our users didn’t notice practically anything about it. Maybe we annoyed the users for an hour over three months, so everything was well within the framework.“ The IT manager is not the least able to trace the positive course of the project to the expertise and competent work of ngworx. 

Results

By switching to Juniper Networks products, the Kantonsschule Zug has built a high-performance, reliable, robust and future-proof campus network with the qualities of a service provider network that can also serve as a reference model for many small providers. Thus, many services that are normally provided by service providers can be carried out by the school itself.

The unified operating system and automation features facilitate network operation and enable operational and economic efficiency that accommodates the school’s lean structures and scarce resources. “For us, it is important that we can operate the infrastructure as independently as possible and have in-house know-how – for cost reasons alone”, argues the IT manager. “However, it is a good feeling to know that we can rely 100% on ngworx if we cannot go any further. The support works great, problems are quickly and energetically pursued until they are resolved.”

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Vera Freitas
February 2020
written by Vera Freitas
Online and Content Marketing Specialist