Case Study

University Campus Network Monitoring using NetFlow Analyzer - A case study

The Client

A large University that is more than 150 years old based in United Kingdom. This University has more than 25,000 full time and part time students and more than 3,500 employees on its rolls.

The Challenge

The University had a campus wide WAN comprising of 26 Cisco routers and 12 Enterasys Routers. The Campus network was the principal medium of communication among its diverse community. If the institute's WAN went down for any significant time it had the potential of bringing the university system to a grinding halt. So they wanted to foolproof their network of any eventuality. The Network team identified the primary challenges that faced them in their daily operations and set forth their requirements.

The core requirements were identified to be:

  • Monitor the network traffic pattern within their firewalled perimeter on a daily basis
  • Identify any faults in the network rapidly
  • Forecast future network traffic requirements accurately - reducing cost associated with inaccurate bandwidth provisioning

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