University of Granada Uses Cisco Technology to Accelerate

University of Granada Uses Cisco Technology to Accelerate Teaching
and Investigative Capacity 
It Is the First Organization in the World to Use an Ethernet Network
Designed for 160 Gbps Connectivity Using Cisco Catalyst Switches 
MADRID, SPAIN -- (Marketwire) -- 01/16/13 --  Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)
has announced that the University of Granada (Spain) has renovated
its network infrastructure with the Cisco Catalyst(R) 6500 Series
Switches. The upgrade incorporates higher-capacity processors and 40
Gbps Gigabit Ethernet connectivity cards in order to establish
aggregated links and obtain a connection to the 160 Gbps nucleus of
the network backbone. The university thus becomes the first academic
organisation in the world to reach this capacity using Cisco Catalyst
Thanks to this capacity -- up to 16 times as great as that of most
other Spanish universities -- the University of Granada's
researchers, students and personnel are able to access the teaching
and research resources at maximum speed, making it easier for
researchers to work uninterruptedly with centres located within and
outside Spain. Offering new services with high bandwidth consumption
but minimum latency, the network has been designed to take into
account the requirements of high availability, fault tolerance and
highly secure access to data, greatly optimizing reaction to
The University of Granada comprises 70 buildings spread over eight
campuses (five in Granada, one in Ceuta, another in Melilla and one
virtual wireless one) interconnected by 2,000 kilometres of its own
fibre optic cable. With approximately 85,000 users consisting of
students and personnel, it is the third biggest university in Spain
and the first to locate the network at the centre of its new
development; in 2005 it had already migrated to ATM connectivity with
10 Gbps links, again based on Cisco Catalyst switches, and was the
first Spanish university with wireless coverage for all its campuses. 
Key Highlights 

--  The new-generation network -- known as RedUGRNova -- consists of
    Cisco(R) routing, switching and safety solutions, including:
    Catalyst 6500 Series Switches that were updated with Catalyst 6904 40
    GE cards; Cisco Nexus(R) 5500 Series Switches to interconnect the
    two main university data centres and to unify the LAN and storage
    networks, including transport via Fibre Channel on Ethernet (FCoE);
    Cisco ASA firewalls; and the unified Cisco Prime(TM) Infrastructure
    management console. The Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches also
    incorporate the Supervisor Engine 2T, that can increase the Cisco
    Catalyst 6500 advanced service modules which add capacities for
    balancing load and monitoring traffic capability from 720 Gbps to 2
    Tbps, quadrupling the number of devices or users that can connect to a
    network up to 10,000.
--  These solutions allow the university to simplify control and resource
    monitoring at the same time as it provides internal support for the
    exponential growth in the number of users and high-output applications
    (HPC, or high-performance computing) requiring greater network
    capacity. Such HPC applications include cloud services, IP voiceover,
    high-definition videoconferencing, instant messaging, e-learning,
    digital library, Internet television (UGR Media) and storage on SAN
--  Likewise, the new infrastructure -- which supports the IPv6 protocol
    -- is designed to facilitate interconnection with the Pan-European
    research network GEANT via the IRIS-NOVA network, allowing them to
    work together uninterruptedly and with minimal latency between
    researchers from the different faculties and schools and other
    researchers all over the world.
--  The project has been financed with funds from the European Union,
    while Acuntia, a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, has integrated the new
    network infrastructure in the University of Granada.
--  Thanks to the deployment of its own fibre optic cable to interconnect
    all of its campus and buildings, thus allowing to set-up the network
    RedUGRNova, the University of Granada will obtain an estimated savings
    of approximately 100,000 euros per month according to its own

Supporting Quotes: 

--  Antonio Ruiz, networks service and communications manager in the
    University of Granada: "Cisco's technology means that we have a single
    network with maximum availability, scalability and safety all on our
    campus, enabling us to simplify integration of services, unify its
    management, and guarantee internal and external communications
    independently of the amount of bandwidth used now and in the future."
--  Marcos Jimena, sales director for Borderless Networks in Cisco
    Espana: "We are delighted to help the University of Granada
    become a worldwide benchmark in terms of network capacity. Due to the
    criticality of its services and the need for high availability and
    redundancy in teaching and research projects, the new network is based
    on architecture involving a double chassis in each node, combining the
    power of the Cisco Catalyst switches with the innovative Cisco Nexus
    switching technology, benefiting both the University and its users as
    well as the associated research centres."

Supporting Resources:  

--  Download the whole of this success story about the project.
--  Video that includes a technical demonstration of the project.
--  More information about switches for campus networks and Cisco Data
    Center Solutions.
--  Read the Cisco Borderless Networks blog.
--  RSS Feed news from Cisco.

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