Loughborough is a renowned educator of computing and networking engineers, so it wanted to be the first computer science department in the UK to give students access to both physical and virtual networking environments.
Iain Phillips, Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University
Loughborough University is known for its top quality computer science and networking graduate and postgraduate programs and also conducts cutting-edge research that brings innovative new product opportunities to market.
The university wanted to provide students with realistic operational experience on a scale that cannot be matched using a physical laboratory. This meant offering a more diverse experience using technology from both major networking vendors, and also giving researchers access to real router code to help them resolve long-term, large-scale problems.
To create a highly realistic lab experience, Loughborough used the Junosphere Connector to enable the interconnection of existing physical routers from a different vendor to the Junos OS routers running within Junosphere Classroom.
Junosphere Classroom provides Loughborough University with the scalability it was lacking in its physical laboratory—without the need to invest in costly networking equipment.