Case Study

Making big advances in digital learning with a unified network.

St.Catherine’s (St. Kate’s) set out to equip the dorms and classrooms on its St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses with first-class Wi-Fi it needed to replace its aging data center network to support the modern realities of a strong liberal arts education.

“Wireless was becoming a major point of contention for students who wanted to have the same services they would get at home or at a Starbucks... the simplicity and ease of wireless that they were used to, but also the accessibility and bandwidth for their devices.”

John Jeries, CIO, St. Kate’s University


Students come to St. Catherine University in Minneapolis-St. Paul for an excellent liberal arts education. It is the largest college for women in the U.S., offering graduate and associate programs for both women and men.

Business Challenge(s)

St. Kate’s needed to upgrade an aging network infrastructure to accommodate the digital learning and lifestyle of students and faculty.

Technology Solution

St. Kate’s chose a unified wireless and wired network solution from Juniper that includes WLA532 and WLA522 Wireless LAN Access Points supporting seamless 802.11n mobility both indoors and outdoors, and a WLC2800 Wireless LAN Controller to manage the entire wireless environment for the university. St. Kate’s has also deployed EX Series Ethernet Switches for its core and edge network to handle the growing bandwidth requirements of digital learning and mobility.

Business Results

Students at St. Kate’s give the Wi-Fi high marks for speedy performance and unfailing connectivity. The wireless LAN had to overcome challenges typical for a university—a high-density client environment, heavy-duty applications, and a never-ending spiral of streaming media.

“With Juniper, we are confident that we have a solid infrastructure to support multimedia and learning today—and tomorrow,” said CIO John Jeries.

How we put it together

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

Software tools that optimize network management so that new services can be easily provisioned across thousands of devices and workflows for specific use cases.