Established in 1865, Cardiff Metropolitan University’s education, research, and innovation programmes attract people from around the globe. They bring together students, governments, and industry to create tangible benefits for individuals, society and the economy.
The relentless growth of virtual learning and the digital economy drives universities to continually review the security of their data, systems, and connectivity. Cardiff Metropolitan University were planning to implement a sustainable and future proofed security solution to support around 14,000 stakeholders, “We have around 6,000 unique wireless network connections and 4,000 physical network connections every day” says Jamie Hancock, IT Networks Team Manager. “Each student has around 4 devices and they expect connectivity without an issue. We also have hundreds of thousands of probes and attempted hacks to manage each day.” Cardiff Met’s security solution was becoming end-of-life. And with datacentres on two interconnected sites and dynamic breakout points at each, they needed a highly reliable, resilient security solution and very responsive on-going support.
A key requirement of the new solution would be a seamless interface with ‘Janet’ and ‘Jisc’, the high speed network, digital resources and technology provider for the UK research and education community.