Brocade powers Ruyton Girls School Melbourne’s core IT network

Ruyton Girls School of Melbourne has deployed a new core IT network from Brocade to benefit from new online learning opportunities.

The girl school deployed Brocade ICX 6610 Switches at the network core. The switches are linked together using four full-duplex 40 Gbps stacking ports that provide 320 Gbps of backplane bandwidth with full redundancy. This approach eliminates inter-switch bottlenecks while delivering wire-speed, non-blocking performance across all 1 GbE and 10 GbE switch ports.

The Brocade ICX 6450, when used in school buildings, provides up to 48 1 GbE access ports per switch, with 10 GbE ports for redundant uplinks to the core and hitless stacking failover.

The Brocade ICX 6430 Switches provide 1 GbE network access in less network-intensive areas, such as the gymnasium and swimming pool building. Both types of access switch provide the Ruyton campus with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) capabilities to support WiFi access points and IP phones and cameras in the future.

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In addition, the Brocade switching infrastructure supports device-agnostic user authentication across the network and virtual private LANs that provide secure access to sensitive information assets. The use of Brocade Network Advisor software to centralize and streamline network management saves the school approximately half a day per week in network administration.

Chris Karopoulos, IT Manager at Ruyton Girls’ School, said that with 500 to 600 laptops on the network and with students being allowed to use smartphones, tablets and other devices, there is an average of 1,000 devices per day connected across the network.

Ruyton’s digital device review will see the introduction of a 1-to-1 iPad program from years Kinder to 6; the use of MacBook Air devices for years 7-9 and iPads in year 7, with the transition of these two devices (iPad and MacBook Air) to other levels in following years.

As part of this digital device initiative Ruyton will be launching its BYOD program for years 10–12. This will make network reliability even more crucial as the school transitions from paper textbooks to eBooks.

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