LONDON, 26 August, 2011 – University of Exeter has awarded Xchanging (LSE: XCH), the business process and technology services provider and integrator, a contract to design, deploy and manage its security upgrade project.
The University of Exeter is ranked within the top 1% of universities globally and listed as one of the fastest growing organisations in Europe. Data traffic levels at the University are doubling every 18 months and with the University’s increasing reliance on research activity and demand for fast online access by students, two new platforms are required to protect staff and student data and provide for future growth and demands.
Xchanging’s network and systems integration company, Data Integration, is the incumbent network provider and work has already begun to deliver the project. The new firewall platform, Juniper SRX 5800 chassis solution, will provide the high throughput, scalability and flexibility required to manage both extra-site and intra-site traffic. Furthermore it is compatible with the current Juniper Unified Access Control (UAC) platform.
Traffic shaping will be delivered by the Allot Sigma-E platform, which provides the scalability, granularity and flexibility to cope with the high traffic volumes the University expects in the future. The Allot platform also offers the management and reporting capability needed to inform network capacity planning.
The University’s Head of Networks, Roger Snelling, commented, “We have more than 16,500 full-time students using varied mobile devices. Fast, secure access has to be balanced with managing security threats and controlling traffic. Data Integration’s high levels of technical expertise and project management skills offer us the best value”.
Since 2008, Data Integration has been a trusted partner to the University. In addition to securing and stabilising the network with structure and standards, and delivering faster network access, Data Integration is working with the University on long-term recommendations. These underpin the University’s strategic plans and include developing a service transformation roadmap for the next 10-15 years.
Paul Philips, Public Sector Sales Director at Xchanging added, “Having a world-beating infrastructure is vital and the network is the central nervous system of the University. Our involvement with the University is helping to deliver flexibility and performance while maintaining security and governance”.
For further information, please contact:
Xchanging Group PR
Meeta Thareja, Head of Group PR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7780 5374
Xchanging Technology Services
Tel: +44 (0)20 7780 5509
University of Exeter
Sarah Hoyle, Media Relations Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1392 722062 / 07827 309332
About the University of Exeter
The University of Exeter is a leading UK university and in the top one percent of institutions globally. It combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter is ranked 10th in the UK in The Times Good University Guide 2012 and 11th in the Guardian University Guide 2012. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 90% of the University’s research was rated as being at internationally recognised levels and 16 of its 31 subjects are ranked in the top 10, with 27 subjects ranked in the top 20.
The University has over 17,000 students and is developing its campuses in Exeter and Cornwall with almost £350 million worth of new facilities due for completion by 2012.
About Data Integration
Data Integration is one of the UK’s leading networking, security and communication technology providers. The company specialises in network security, application optimisation, mobility solutions, high performance networks, IP telephony and open access networks.
Data Integration serves more than 300 customers in the UK, spanning the private and public sectors. Data Integration’s Common Service Platform, enables customers to transition to cloud based IT models with security, visibility, governance and billing assured.
Data Integration was acquired by Xchanging plc in June 2010.
Xchanging is a business process and technology service provider and integrator specialising in Financial Services, Insurance Services, Technology and Procurement, with pervasive processing skills and capabilities applicable to other vertical industry and market sectors.
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