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January 16, 2013

University of Granada Utilizes Cisco Catalyst Switches, Enhances Teaching, Research Capabilities

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich, TMCnet Contributing Writer

The University of Granada has recently implemented a 160 Gbps Ethernet connection network using the Cisco (News - Alert) Catalyst 6500 Series Switches, becoming the first academic organization in the world to do so.

The Cisco catalyst series will increase computer speed by up to 16 times greater than other Spanish universities, making teaching and research resources quickly accessible and accelerating the learning process.

Researchers will be able to work with other researchers from facilities and schools in and outside of Spain, without interruptions and with minimal latency.

The high-bandwidth network will meet the high demand for an Internet connection and securely provide access to data, while also taking fault tolerance into account.

Additionally, the university will easily be able to manage and offer internal support for high-output applications that require increased network capacity such as cloud services,    videoconferencing, IP voiceover and digital library.

"Cisco's technology means that we have a single network with maximum availability, scalability and safety all on our campus, enabling us to simplify integration of services, unify its management, and guarantee internal and external communications independently of the amount of bandwidth used now and in the future," Antonio Ruiz, networks service and communications manager in the University of Granada, said in a statement.

Cisco is happy to provide the University of Granda with its service.

"We are delighted to help the University of Granada become a worldwide benchmark in terms of network capacity," Marcos Jimena, sales director for Borderless Networks in Cisco Espana, said in a statement. "Due to the criticality of its services and the need for high availability and redundancy in teaching and research projects, the new network is based on architecture involving a double chassis in each node, combining the power of the Cisco Catalyst switches with the innovative Cisco Nexus switching technology, benefiting both the University and its users as well as the associated research centers."

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Edited by Braden Becker

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