Enterasys Provides Secure BYOD Solution for Sinclair Community College
Enterasys identiFi™ WLAN and Mobile IAM Offers Total Security and Seamless
Mobility for Nearly 30,000 Users
ANDOVER, Mass., Nov. 5, 2012
ANDOVER, Mass., Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Enterasys Networks, a Siemens
Enterprise Communications Company, announced today that Sinclair Community
College, located in Dayton, Ohio, has deployed identiFi™, the new Enterasys
WLAN solution, to support its BYOD and wireless networking initiatives.
Responsible for supporting the Wi-Fi needs of 24,000 students and 4,000
faculty and staff, Sinclair Community College selected the Mobile IAM solution
from Enterasys as its comprehensive BYOD capabilities provide total security,
full IT control and a predictable network experience for all users.
An early adopter of BYOD, Sinclair Community College developed an in-house
secure LAN solution using open and standard products. Although this solution
helped launch its BYOD program, it lacked the necessary granular controls and
automation necessary to keep pace with the college's escalating networking
demands. With 20 buildings in downtown Dayton and five remote locations,
Sinclair Community College needed a tool that could quickly adjust and
distribute policies to all of its locations. The Enterasys Mobile IAM policy
automation and provisioning capabilities enable a single policy approach for
the college's wired, wireless and VPN deployments that simplifies management
and eliminates potential security holes.
"Sinclair Community College has been ahead of the BYOD curve and we wanted to
get better. The Mobile IAM solution from Enterasys had a lot of capabilities
that we weren't able to do on our own, plus a road map that showed they put a
lot of forethought into the BYOD space," said Scott McCollum, CIO of Sinclair
Community College. "We used to have other vendor's products – as well as
Enterasys – to manage our BYOD program, but now our entire networking
infrastructure is based on the Enterasys OneFabric architecture."
Mobile IAM can automatically discover and track over 50 attributes per user
and device on the network. The IT team at Sinclair Community College leverages
this rich store of information to provide intelligent network management and
policy enforcement that simplifies managing the college's BYOD program. As a
result, IT support staff can more easily identify and troubleshoot
connectivity issues, preventing problems from being escalated to a network
"We don't want our students or faculty to worry about whether or not the
network is working, and thanks to Enterasys, their focus remains on their
studies," said Darnell Brown, Senior Infrastructure Engineer at Sinclair
Community College. "Plus, the Enterasys network allows us to be more flexible
so we can say 'yes' more often to network access requests, allowing us
tocreate options for our students and faculty to complete their work."
The college has also heavily invested in virtualization, from both a server
and desktop standpoint. With over 600 software applications streaming to
student and faculty desktops, Sinclair Community College has hundreds of
virtual machines running through Enterasys S-Series data center switches, and
also plans to deploy Data Center Manager to manage their virtualized
environment. This virtualization gives the college much needed flexibility,
with no need to worry about where the classes will be taught; the necessary
applications are dynamically delivered as needed, even to mobile devices.
Enterasys partnered with Chi Corporation to ensure the college's IT staff was
trained on the benefits of the new OneFabric network, delivering a system with
exceptional performance while remaining easy to manage.
"With expertise across data center, storage and access edge, Chi Corporation
is in the unique position of being able to support Sinclair Community
College's entire IT needs," said John Thome, Jr., vice president, Chi
Corporation. "We were able to get them quickly up to speed on the simplicity
and manageability benefits of the Enterasys identiFi solution to ensure a
seamless networking experience for mobile students and faculty."
An Enterasys customer for over 12 years, Sinclair Community College attributes
its long-term satisfaction to Enterasys' best-in-class customer service and
networking products that meet the market's needs.
"One of the reasons we have been an Enterasys customer for so long is they
allow us to be more efficient and in control of the network, rather than
running around and putting out fires," said McCollum. "The number of devices
we are required to support on our network is growing astronomically, but the
stability of Enterasys equipment has allowed us to stay current with these
growing demands. We trust Enterasys to help us continue this trend in
supporting a successful BYOD environment."
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About Enterasys Networks and Siemens Enterprise Communications
Siemens Enterprise Communications is a leading global provider of unified
communications (UC) solutions and network infrastructure for enterprises of
all sizes. Leveraging 160 years of experience, we deliver innovation and
quality to the world's most successful companies, backed by a world-class
services portfolio which includes international multi-vendor managed and
outsourcing capabilities. Our OpenScape communications solutions provide a
seamless and efficient collaboration experience – on any device – which
amplifies collective effort and dramatically improves business performance.
Together, our global team of UC experts and service professionals set the
standards for a rich communications experience that empowers teams to deliver
better results.Siemens Enterprise Communications is a joint venture of The
Gores Group and Siemens AG, and includes Enterasys Networks, a provider of
network infrastructure and security solutions, creating a complementary and
complete enterprise communications solutions portfolio.
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