Case Study

Powering Irish University’s New Campus and Data Center Networks

Internationally recognized Maynooth University builds a new campus network to accommodate expansion and adds a separate data center network to support disaster recovery and virtualization.

“Support, from day one design right through the implementation and beyond, has been fantastic. We’ve always had access to somebody with the expertise to address any issues. Now we have a new firewall, data center, and core—and we have the Junos Space management platform to help us understand how the network will evolve.”

Dearbhla O’Reilly, ICT infrastructure manager, Maynooth University


Maynooth University, part of the National University of Ireland, is an internationally recognized research university in the fields of humanities, social and spatial sciences, mathematics, communication, computation, and health. Physical expansion and the adoption of new IT technologies recently drove new network deployments.

Business Challenge

Maynooth University recently added several new buildings to its campus to gain more teaching and residential space. These changes created a need for a new campus core network to connect the sites and boost performance as mobile and SaaS traffic joined the network. The university also needed to build a separate data center network to support growing demands.

Technology Solution

Maynooth University deployed the Juniper SRX Series firewalls for secure connectivity. EX4300 Ethernet Switches formed its new campus core, deployed in a Juniper Virtual Chassis configuration with upstream links to a QFX5100 Switch data center network. Junos Space management applications provide the university with error-free service provisioning, simplified network operations, and automated troubleshooting.

Business Results

By working with Juniper, Maynooth University implemented a fully redundant data center network across dual sites on campus that also securely connect to its outsourced applications. Its research community can now transfer extremely large data sets that are terabytes in size due to resilient connectivity and increased bandwidth.

“Our significant experience with Juniper ensured we could design and deliver the right network, with the right features, and the right commercial model. Like any good partnership, the key to successful implementation was clear communication and commitment to ensure the project was delivered to meet Maynooth’s expectations.”

Darragh Richardson, managing director, Agile Networks, a Juniper Elite Partner

How we put it together

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

High-performance, low-latency data center and cloud switches that can be deployed in a variety of network fabrics or architectures to provide maximum flexibility.

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.