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Taiwan’s Feng Chia University adopts SDN to deliver smart network access

Nayela Deeba | Jan. 11, 2017
Besides providing a robust and scalable network, the solution by Brocade will also provide network administrators with programmatic control over networks.


Taiwan's Feng Chia University has deployed a new IP networking solution by Brocade to deliver smart network access within its on-campus student accommodations.

Out of the university's 21,000 students, 5,000 of them live on campus. Brocade's solution will allow those students to have "top-quality network access to online educational resources from their dorm rooms", said Bing Jean Lee, President of Feng Shai University.

The university is also testing the solution's software-defined network (SDN) capabilities to manage access control and traffic accounting. The university hopes that the solution will provide "a much more fine-grained management control over network service delivery over SDN," said Lee.

The total solution deployed at the university includes SDN-capable core, aggregation, and access devices from Brocade along with an open-standards SDN controller and applications from local software partner YESEE.

Brocade's MLXe 4 Core Routers provide a robust and highly scalable foundation with Brocade ICX 7450 switches in the aggregation layer, providing wire-speed 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) uplinks to the network core and 10 GbE downlinks to Brocade ICX 7250 access switches that deliver 1 GbE connectivity and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) within the accommodation units.

 "Feng Chia University's end-to-end SDN-capable network enables it to test and migrate services to the new technology platform at its own pace. The Brocade solution delivers the SDN OpenFlow protocol in true hybrid port mode, allowing the university's network administrators to progressively integrate OpenFlow, giving them programmatic control over specific network flows while the remaining traffic is forwarded as usual," said Jeff Tsai, country manager for Taiwan, Brocade. 


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