KUALA LUMPUR, 13 MARCH 2011 - Malaysia's Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) has upgraded its virtual private network (VPN) access, data centre and Internet gateways to Juniper routers running the Junos operating system.
The nationwide university system uses combined router and firewall solutions throughout its branches, according to UiTM IT director, Rahidzab Talib. "Deployment of Juniper routers has enabled the university to scale its multi-site network to meet demands for more Web-based services and multimedia applications from about 15,000 staff and 170,000 local and international students enrolled on more than 300 academic programmes."
"Our federated structure is unique within Malaysia's education sector and with it comes unique IT challenges," said Rahidzab. "We have been leveraging Telekom Malaysia's MPLS [multi-protocol label switching] infrastructure to interconnect campuses for several years now but the use of digital data network lines for access was a bottleneck."
"Juniper's solution is cost-effective, which enables us to boost WAN [wide area network] performance by using a variety of connectivity options, while also implementing improved security in a single, compact device," he said.
"UiTM's decision to deploy our J-Series branch networking solution, together with M Series routers for its data centre and Internet gateways, is a significant step in further penetrating Malaysia's higher education sector," said Wan Ahmad Kamal, managing director of Juniper Networks Malaysia. "It also reflects the strength of our partnership with Telekom Malaysia which is implementing this best-of-breed solution."
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