World renowned university empowers future engineers with AI-driven network

World renowned university empowers future engineers with AI-driven network

Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) is working with Juniper to consolidate and optimize campus network capabilities to meet Malaysia’s digital ambitions.

UniMAP, a leading technical university in Malaysia, has selected Juniper’s solutions for upgrades to its campus and data centers networks, enhancing digital learning experiences for its students and staff.

Established in 2002, UniMAP has been recognized by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings as one of the world’s best young universities.

With a robust AI-driven network, UniMAP is on the road to consolidate and optimize its campus network capabilities – empowering the future engineers who will drive Malaysia’s digital future.

UniMAP, one of Malaysia’s four technical universities, operates a distributed campus in Perlis in northern peninsular Malaysia.

An early adopter of software-defined data center technologies, UniMAP upgraded its core network to 100GbE, giving students and faculty plenty of bandwidth to access applications, databases and analytics. It deployed Juniper QFX10002 and QFX5120 Switches as the core and access switches for flexible, high-throughput connectivity.

“We educate future engineers who will drive Malaysia’s growth,” said Nasrudin Abd Shukor, Director, Digital Management and Development Center (DMDC) at UniMAP. “We needed a network that would support their education and research needs.

“Our goal at UniMAP has always been the same: to ensure that the learning and teaching experiences of both our students and staff are as smooth as possible. We recognize that accessibility to information is the key to shaping the minds of our future graduates.

“Juniper Networks has been consistently reliable in enabling us to facilitate the development of a digital-first campus. We look forward to optimizing all the capabilities of their solutions as the nation continues its march towards a truly digital society.”

In support of Malaysia’s ambitions to grow its digital economy, which is expected to contribute 25.5% of its GDP by 2025, the Malaysian government launched the MyDIGITAL roadmap – with one of its key thrusts being the development of agile and competent digital talent.

Since its establishment in 2002, UniMAP has grown to become one of only four Malaysian technical universities committed to producing highly skilled engineers to support the country’s economy.

UniMAP embarked on a journey last year to transform its campus networking infrastructure to support its transition to a digital learning environment and keep up with the increased usage of its Learning Management System – which now has 17,000 cumulative users per week.

Juniper’s proven track record of delivering a wide range of networking needs with the university in the past, as well as its recognition as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quandrant for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure, were critical factors in the vendor selection process.

A combination of Juniper’s AP33 and AP32 Wireless Access Points were deployed across the campus in conjunction with Juniper Mist Wi-Fi Assurance – streamlining network management and enhancing the experience of the school’s IT team and students.

To underpin this connectivity, Juniper EX4650 Ethernet Switches and Juniper Mist Wired Assurance were selected, providing the school with a unified wired and wireless experience driven by Mist AI that delivers simple, secure and more reliable connectivity at scale.

UniMAP has also implemented Juniper’s Marvis Virtual Network Assistant, which leverages AI to help the school’s IT team to unify network management and streamline service monitoring and troubleshooting.

The university’s data center was upgraded with Juniper’s QFX 10002 and QFX 5120 switches in virtual chassis configuration.

This setup has reduced the data center network’s latency to microseconds while also providing a 100GbE connection. Students and faculty will now have seamless and ultra-fast access to the university’s expanding applications and databases – critical to providing the best learning experiences.

With an AI-driven network powered by Juniper, UniMAP sees itself as being able to continuously improve campus experiences for Malaysia’s next generation of engineers through a data-driven digital campus that is fully connected, accessible and more secure.

All of this is done while furthering the university’s mission of being internationally competitive and producing exemplary individuals who contribute to the nation’s digital economy aspirations and overall development.

“We recognize the importance of simplifying otherwise complex operational processes at the network level, especially as higher education institutions like UniMAP increase their capabilities at scale to enable a better learning experience digitally,” said Perry Sui, Senior Director, ASEAN and Taiwan, Juniper Networks.

“We are delighted to be part of UniMAP’s Digital Transformation journey, expanding on their existing capabilities to facilitate a seamless connected experience for everyone on campus.

“With our experience-first solutions, we are confident to support UniMAP in their mission to create an environment in which their students can learn and thrive without interruption.”

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