University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign efficiently scales regional network for digital growth

Technology plays a prominent role in teaching, research, and public engagement at UIUC. Technology transforms learning in and out of the classroom and is essential to achieve the university’s mission to inspire and engage our next generation of leaders.

UIUC is the #15 top public university according to U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges. More than two hours south of Chicago, the university has more than 51,000 students and research and academic partners all over the world.


Company University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Industry Education
Products used MX204MX10003
Region Americas
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Top public university, according to U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges


Meet exponential digital growth

To keep pace with exponential consumption of data and applications, UIUC upgraded its regional network backbone, enabling faster links between UIUC, and other university system campuses. The network supports university business, public Internet, and connects to research entities like Internet2 and ESnet. The network also provides transport for education organizations across the state.

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Deliver denser 100GbE connectivity

UIUC has long relied on Juniper routing for its regional backbone with flexibility, reliability, and performance proven over many years. With demand for faster connections, the university migrated to Juniper Networks® MX10003 Universal Routing Platform for the large sites and Juniper Networks MX204 Universal Routing Platform for the small sites.

The upgrade allows the university to connect its campuses with data centers, cloud service providers and educational partners at 100 gig and with uncompromising reliability. The high-density MX10003 and MX204 router platforms enable the university to deliver connectivity more efficiently as demand rises.


Automation accelerates service delivery

Migration was straightforward. Juniper Networks Junos® OS facilitates automated operations, aided by strong community support. Automation empowers the team to do more with less and reduce repetitive work. Router configuration and validation tasks were automated, creating a more reliable network foundation faster.

UIUC has an ultra-fast, agile network that efficiently meets the exponential bandwidth needs of higher education on campus and beyond. With a solid digital foundation, the university continues to advance its mission as it engages and educates the next generation of leaders.

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"Our roadmap was to upgrade our backbone to 100 gig, and connect more customers at 40 gig and 100 gig. Our Juniper backbone now has greater redundancy and more bandwidth."
Phil Winans Network Engineer, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Published March 2021