Case Study

Reinventing research and learning.

The University of Copenhagen’s dual focus on teaching and research presents some unique challenges. Faculty scientists conducting research into malaria and yellow fever are on location in Africa, which means they often have very spotty connections — but once they are connected, the University’s network cannot fail them.

“We have to provide a high-performance network connection with maximum uptime. We decided to go with the market leader for both VPN and wireless LAN solutions, which was Juniper Networks.”

Allan Have Sørensen, Head of Infrastructure for the faculty, University of Copenhagen


The six University faculties offer over 200 programs in health and medical sciences, humanities, law, science, social sciences, and theology. Teaching and research are closely integrated to prepare students for a broad range of jobs, both in the private and public sectors.

Business Challenge

To meet those challenges, the University needed a cost-effective and scalable network that could be used with confidence by students, staff, and researchers, and that supported “bring your own device” (BYOD) with secure guest access.

“We needed something which could easily grow as we did, and the Juniper Networks technology with its modular approach gives us just that,” said Allan Have Sørensen.

Business Solution

Sørensen thought that having too many vendors involved in the network tends to confuse matters, and preferred an established company that could take on the complexities and specific requirements of the University.

Business Results

Juniper’s technology has been enthusiastically adopted across the University. The new high-performance and scalable network fully supports students, staff, and the use of innovative research methods involving big data.

“We’ve seen a massive explosion in large data and now use 10GbE for our backbone technology. With Juniper Networks, we were able to scale up to meet these new requirements without complicating the network,” said Sørensen.