Having received our customer's requirements (ABU) , we at MEED sat down across board to build a solution that perfectly solved ABU's issues while also bringing additional services to the campus environment.
Our solution was to build a scalable campus network, having each services zoned off as components, while providing a huge backbone infrastructure having increased bandwidth, network convergence, reliability and redundancy as its key focus. Our solution is highly scalable in that, each additional service or expansion that is required can be added as a module without having to affect the entire infrastructure.
In achieving this, we went with Cisco Technologies whose advancements in the world of networking and IP Communications has proven to be world-class over the years.
Using their Cisco 6500 Switch series with switching capability of up to 1.44Terabytes per second, over 10GB fiber-optic connectivity to each of the main campus sites, we were able to create a full-proof core infrastructure.
Also combining the various high capacity Campus Switches (such as Cisco 3750s and also the 2960s), we were also able to ensure a minimum uplink apacity of 2GB between each of the internal sites. Some sites had as large as 8GB due to the amount of traffic expected from those regions.
As additional services also, Network Management and monitoring was also factored in using Cisco's ACS Server appliance, as well as Security Firewalls to ensure protection of the Campus all-round.
This indeed is a land breaking project in terms of academic adoption of technology in Africa and we at MEED Networks are proud to have been a part of it.
Today, ABU’s campus backbone network is viewed as the technology foundation for all campus endeavors, supporting teaching, learning, research, administration, and community outreach" Said the Vice Chancellor Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha