Case Study

Getting 350,000 students online and keeping them safe.

HEAnet provides the network infrastructure services for Ireland’s education system, and worked with Juniper Networks and Juniper partner Agile Networks to vastly improve secure access to online learning opportunities by using Web streaming and secure browsing.

“The Juniper Unified Threat Management solution was the one that performed best against our evaluation criteria, which encompassed technical, manageability, support, and cost factors.”

Ronan Byrne, CTO, HEAnet

Overview

As they faced rapidly growing trends including as e-books, bring-your-own-device (BYOD), Wi-Fi, and cloud computing, Irish schools needed greater network security, bandwidth, and performance, so the government turned to HEAnet to implement a large-scale network upgrade.

Business Challenge

In order to provide high-speed digital learning to 730 Irish secondary schools, HEAnet needed a network that would include Web filtering capabilities to protect children from inappropriate content, and also be a cost-effective solution capable of providing 100MB bandwidth to each connected school, even schools in remote areas.

Business Solution

After looking at key players in the market, HEAnet settled on Juniper Networks and Juniper partner Agile Networks to implement a cost-effective infrastructure that was secure, reliable, and fast.

“I was very impressed with the escalation channel as initiated by Agile, straight into Juniper’s R&D teams. Everyone worked together and energies were always focused on moving forward,” said HEAnet CTO Ronan Byrne.

Business Results

Tremendous changes are already taking place in the schools connected by HEAnet:

  • The network now provides vastly improved secure access to Internet and online resources.

  • Students have enhanced learning opportunities through Web streaming and secure browsing.

  • Juniper platforms provide high performance with multiple levels of security.

“We are very pleased with the success of the program thus far. HEAnet is proud to be able to facilitate new innovations in Irish schools, all within a highly secure, reliable, and fast environment,” said Ronan Byrne.

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