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The campus network at Rice University serves over 9600 faculty, staff, students, and visitors.  The university’s Vision for the 21st century for education and research challenged us to upgrade the network.  We decided to forego traditional switched networking in order to leverage carrier class technology that virtualizes the network.  As the first academic institution to utilize MPLS VPNs, we created a state of the art network with 802.1x, guest wireless, centralized firewalls, and enterprise storage, and built a new data center.


A Degree of Difference

The new network brings greater uptime, reliability and functionality to the students, faculty and staff at Rice. As network resources become an increasingly integral part of the Rice University's educational mission as well as its daily operation, it is essential that the network remain highly available. The Rice community now receives around-the-clock stability and reliability.


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