City and Islington College in north London has replaced its Cisco switches with Dell networking hardware as it aims to increase the resiliency of its IT infrastructure and support a digital learning environment.
The further education college has approximately 12,000 students and 1,000 staff across its five academic centres in London.
In order to increase system capacity and move towards a modernised learning environment, such as providing online classrooms, the college decided to overhaul its existing networking infrastructure.
After completing a procurement project through a Janet framework, the college removed its legacy Cisco systems and implemented 10 Dell Networking S4810 core switches.
The new set-up will support the delivery of new communications technologies in future, according to Mark Jenkins, head of ICT services at City and Islington College.
“We intend to move to Voice over IP and unified communications in the future and to prepare for this, we really needed to improve our network infrastructure,” Jenkins said.
“With this in mind, we chose to completely replace our incumbent Cisco core, distribution and access switches with a Dell collapsed core solution.”
He added that decision to introduce Dell hardware was made "despite a long relationship with Cisco".
In September Dell announced another further education deal with a London college, providing storage systems to the College of North West London (CNWL)