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