Case Study

Creating the network bandwidth for millions of hits.

The Union County Public Schools (UCPS) district needed to upgrade its network and security to meet the demands of tens of thousands of netbooks supporting students and teachers in its district-wide 1:1 program.

“We were putting 24,000 Chromebooks on the network, and we needed more bandwidth.”

Tony Burrus, CTO, UCPS


Located in the Charlotte, N.C. metropolitan area, UCPS serves more than 46,000 people, including 42,000 K-12 students and 4,500 teachers and staff. UCPS is in one of the 20 fastest growing counties in the country, with people flocking to the area for a blend of suburban and rural living and the county’s highly rated schools.

Business Challenge

UCPS needed a high-performance, reliable, and secure network infrastructure to support the demands of digital learners, and the network had to support at least one device per student and faculty member—and deliver the capacity required to maintain operations when tens of thousands of students tried to stream video all at once. Security also had to be stringently applied.

Business Solution

UCPS installed more than 170 EX4500 and EX4200 Ethernet Switches in its schools, data center, and repair depot. The district uses the SRX1400 Services Gateway to provide high-performance network security while MAG Series Junos Pulse Gateways with SSL VPN enable policy-driven security enforcement and provide authorized users with safe, secure remote access.

Business Results

The new Juniper infrastructure enabled UCPS to increase its network bandwidth tenfold and double its Internet connection to support the rollout of 24,000 Chromebooks. It also worked with Juniper support to stop a DDoS attack that was bombarding the school’s Web server with 15 million hits every five minutes, heading towards a meltdown.

“Juniper has helped us build the best network to support 1:1 learning for our students. One important lesson learned has simply been that infrastructure is everything,” said UCPS CTO Tony Burrus.

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.

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