Russell Group University

How Telent is enhancing the student experience through IT transformation in higher education

One of the country’s leading universities and a member of the prestigious Russell Group, is carving a pioneering role in the area of digital transformation. Currently they have more than 23,000 students and 5,000 staff, with the number of students is expected to grow by 21% in the next five years. This led the university to embark on a journey to transform its IT provision and move to Digital Services.

In the five year technology transformation project, Telent will be responsible for designing and building the university’s new IT and telecommunications infrastructure. This will include the integration and management of equipment from five different technology partners, while adhering to the university’s strict budgetary requirements.

Telent are responsible for all technology aspects of the project including Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs) that link its campuses together, wireless access, unified communications, IT security, cabling and fibre support and user access management. It will also provide fourth line support once the network is handed over to the university and the project is completed in December 2020.

The network core and data centre infrastructure will be built on Juniper Networks’ technology and an EVPN/VXLAN architecture. Aruba will deliver an intelligent access layer for seamless secure access to services from any device anywhere – albeit wired, wireless or remote, Fortinet will supply next-generation layer 2 – 7 data centre and perimeter security, Infoblox will provide IP access management and Microsoft will deliver voice and unified communications services.

"The solution from Telent will prepare the university for next generation IT and digital opportunities in a secure, scalable and highly available environment. Telent’s leading expertise in mission critical networks and complex environments helped us secure this landmark IT transformation contract. We look forward to sharing our experiences with other universities who may also benefit from similar design principles."

- Shani Latif, Sales Director, Network Services at telent


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