HP Networking has deployed a high performance, energy-efficient communications solution at the Belfast Metropolitan College’s flagship campus in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.
As part of a deal valued at over €1.7m, the secure, open standards-based HP network infrastructure will maximise the College’s use of ICT to support 2,500 full-time students attending the new campus.
‘As the delivery of learning and the needs of learners using ICT have evolved, so has the requirement to support this through a robust and secure network infrastructure,’ explained Marie-Thérèse McGivern, principal and chief executive at Belfast Metropolitan College.
‘With the opening of our new state-of-the-art campus at Titanic Quarter we will be catering for the needs of thousands of students and staff to access information. The HP network infrastructure will enable everyone to access data, voice and video over the high speed infrastructure very securely,’ she added.
‘We expect that the new HP network will reduce our ICT ownership costs by up to 65 per cent, and energy consumption by up to 50 per cent,’ said McGivern. ‘Because HP Networking is based on open standards, it also protects our existing investments by integrating smoothly with Cisco IP Telephony.’
A wired and wireless HP network managed by HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC) will enable Belfast Metropolitan College to meet the demand for high speed computing across its academic, administrative and open access areas. HP IMC provides the College’s IT team with single-pane management of wired, wireless and remote network users, streamlining efficiency and lowering administration costs.
HP IMC User Access Management (UAM) is designed to help reduce vulnerabilities and security breaches by enabling complete network access control. An HP Wireless Management Blade and 2620 11N Access Points provide seamless access throughout the new Titanic Quarter campus, allowing users to connect securely to the network and roam.
At the network core, HP 7500 multi-layer switches boost network performance and quality, and provide the flexibility to meet the evolving needs of the College’s integrated services network. Energy-efficient, stackable HP 5500 switches deliver secure connectivity at the network edge, using the latest traffic-prioritisation technologies to optimise applications availability.
Infrastructure complexity is reduced by HP’s Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) technology, which consolidates multiple switches into a single, virtual device, simplifying management and increasing network reliability.
The contract also includes the provision of over 1,200 HP Compaq 8200 Elite Series desktops, 163 HP ProBook Notebook PCs and 107 HP Z210 Workstations.
Martin Murphy, MD at HP Ireland, said: ‘Belfast Metropolitan College has been a longstanding HP customer for some twenty years. The College’s flagship building in Titanic Quarter is a great example of HP’s success in delivering technology solutions to help the education sector improve the learning experience.’