Research Institutions and Universities face a myriad of challenges. One of those challenges is dealing with the exploding growth of research data and the need for this data to be shared across the campus and across the world. Brocade developed an Intelligent Flow Management Solution to help speed the transfer of these large datasets. Knowing where the research data lives on these networks is another challenge. Network visibility is needed.
University networks have some unique requirements that make security and monitoring very difficult. Corporate networks can be controlled with binding policies for all employees relatively easily. But universities have a very diverse user base – administrative employees, temporary faculty, researchers, students – that has a lot of churn. This necessitates flexibility in provisioning, which means that these networks need to be relatively open.