Case Study

UK university builds a secure network platform for the next decade.

Hertfordshire University set out to replace its entire network infrastructure with one that would support its requirements for the next ten years.

“IT plays an important part in university life both for the staff and the students, and the network is the key element that underpins everything else we do.”

David Ford, CIO, University of Hertfordshire


The university needed to ensure mobility and flexibility of access, enabling its users to get online wherever they were, whenever they want, and from any device. It also needed to increase the network’s performance, which had been constrained to 1GbE, and improve its management capabilities to give more control.

Business Challenge

University of Hertfordshire had last refreshed its network infrastructure over ten years ago, and the old architecture was struggling to support the university’s changing requirements. Equipment was reaching the end of its useful life and the network was unable to cope with the volume of data and the new ways that people are using technology.

Technology Solution

Selecting Juniper as its networking supplier, the university deployed SRX Series Services Gateways to provide security, combined with a range of EX Series Ethernet Switches to extend the network across its campus. The network provides a number of VPNs and takes advantage of Juniper’s Virtual Chassis technology to operate multiple physical switches as a single entity.

Business Results

The network deployed to date is only the first phase of a broader planned implementation, with a focus on the replacement of and migration from the existing network. While further functionality is still due to be added, the network infrastructure upgrade has already expanded capacity to 10GbE, overcoming existing limitations. Perhaps most importantly, users have been completely unaffected through the migration.

“Juniper and Alternative Networks showed us best practices and transferred knowledge and skills, so now we are completely self-sufficient.”

David Ford, CIO, University of Hertfordshire

How we put it together

High-performance network security with advanced integrated threat intelligence, delivered on the industry's most scalable and resilient platform.

High-performance carrier-class Ethernet switches for converged enterprise branch offices, campuses, and data centers, and for service provider deployments.

A centralized network management and orchestration platform for managing network devices and services through a single pane of glass.