The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has implemented a new network backbone infrastructure linking its widely-spread campuses and connecting more than 60 000 users.

HP ProCurve South Africa and reseller Eclipse Networks were responsible for installing the network.
Following the merger of a number of campuses into TUT, there was a need to implement a secure and easily managed centralised networking solution with capability to support a multivendor environment. The existing infrastructure consisted of flat, unmanaged networks.
The mandate for HP ProCurve, as set out by the TUT ICT management team, was to connect all campuses through a scalable and flexible network that would be readily available at all times. The solution enables the TUT IT managers to accommodate a converged communications network that caters for future traffic demands without the need for infrastructure redesign, as the university’s population and technology requirements expand.
The new network enables TUT to effectively manage and distribute the high bandwidth the university is planning to obtain through SANReN and Seacom, delivering 10Gbps connectivity between most South African universities and also allow for high speed international internet access.
“ProCurve Networking technology offers all the benefits of reliability, security and simplicity that we wanted from our wireless network, and its wireless mobility solutions have transformed the way that the university operates,” says Kabelo Bokala, ICT director for TUT. “Students now have easy access to data on all campuses and lecturers and staff appreciate the flexibility that ProCurve offers, because they can collaborate on projects more efficiently."
HP ProCurve has also dedicated time to training IT staff members at TUT on how to manage the new infrastructure. And HP ProCurve, in conjunction with Eclipse Networks, has provided TUT with mobile labs (which can be moved between campuses), allowing staff and students to gain hands-on skills and experience by using the same equipment that has been implemented in the live environment.
In addition, five ICT support staff members have also acquired HP certification.
Lorna Hardie, country manager for HP ProCurve, comments: “Innovation is key to expanding educational opportunities – and HP ProCurve is privileged to collaborate with TUT, an institution that is committed to exploring the exciting possibilities that exist at the intersection of teaching, learning, and technology."