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  1. 1. MORE COLLABORATION, TEAMWORK AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING ENABLED AT MORAVIAN COLLEGE WITH NEW INTEGRATED, SECURE NETWORK Students get tailored, interactive, learning experiences with unified access campus-wide. Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, Moravian is recognized as Americas sixth-oldest college and the first to educate women. Moravian delivers a values-based liberal arts education in a caring environment, through which it nurtures in students the capacities for leadership, lifelong learning, and positive societal contributions. The college enrolls students from a variety of socioeconomic, religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, provides for highly personalized learning experiences, and offers many opportunities for students to direct their education towards individual and professional goals. To continue to provide a unique, collaborative learning environment, Moravian needed to replace its aging wired and wireless networks with an integrated infrastructure that would support a new initiative to equip all students with Apple MacBook Pro and iPad devices. CASE STUDY MARKET: EDUCATION REGION: NORTH AMERICA COMPANY: MORAVIAN COLLEGE
  2. 2. 2 Moravian College ALCATEL-LUCENT ENTERPRISE CASE STUDY 2 CHALLENGES Create a new network that can support an all-MacBook Pro environment Improve wired and wireless access everywhere on campus Provide high quality data, video and multimedia communications at any time Attract students with an advanced wired and wireless network infrastructure SOLUTION High quality anywhere, anytime access to wired and wireless networks campus-wide with a Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Unified Access solution A seamless, high-quality network experience for all users on all devices, including MacBook Pro computers and iPads More effective policy management, access control and user manage- ment with ClearPass Policy Management System Always-on, high quality communi- cations during and after class with an Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6900 (OS6900) Core, OmniSwitch 6450 Gigabit Stackable LAN Switches and OmniSwitch 6850E Stackable LAN Switches Campus-wide wireless network access with Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess 110 series and OmniAccess 220 series access points High quality mobile experience provided by Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess 4550 Wireless LAN Controllers Wireless management to improve network performance and reli- ability provided by Alcatel-Lucent OmniVista 3600 Air Manager THE CHALLENGES Throughout its history, Moravian College has remained vital by continually looking forward and planning for the needs of the next generation of students. Recognizing the significant role technology now plays in the lives of all students, the college embarked on a major technology upgrade program in 2013 as part of its strategic planning. A key part of that program was a new initiative to equip all undergraduate students entering the college with Apple MacBook Pro computers and iPads. Faculty members would be equipped with the same devices to enable them to explore ways to make the best use of the technology for teaching both in and out of the classroom. These first steps towards becoming an all-MacBook Pro campus would enable Moravian College to create the classroom flip model of learning in which students access online lectures and resources outside of class and professors spend more time working directly with students in the classroom. Ultimately, this approach will contribute to Moravians efforts to attract new students and retain them by creating more tailored, collaborative, and interactive learning experiences enhanced by innovative technology. Aging networks could not meet expectations But the aging data networks in place at Moravian College were supported by limited wireless capabilities and were not structured to support a 21st century learning environment. The wireless infrastructure in particular provided limited coverage, especially in student dorm areas, which resulted in a low quality user experience. After analyzing the communications and IT infrastructure we had in place, it became very obvious that we would never be able to achieve our goals without making changes, said Scott Hughes, Chief Information Officer, Moravian College. Surveys we conducted showed that a strong wired and wireless "Todays students have high expectations of what wired and wireless networks should provide to support their research for classes and their social interactions. They are asking a lot more pointed questions about those capabilities before they make a decision on a college. The existing network became increasingly strained given the explosion in wireless devices and demand for connectivity and speed. We needed to upgrade those networks to meet the expectations of our existing student population, and support our efforts to recruit new students. Scott Hughes, Chief Information Officer, Moravian College
  3. 3. 3 Moravian College ALCATEL-LUCENT ENTERPRISE CASE STUDY Internet is very important to parents and students looking at college options, not just for the learning process, but also for their social and entertainment needs. The surveys also showed that our students were dissatisfied with the way our wired and wireless networks were performing. For example, all the wireless access points were completely autonomous. That meant students logged onto one access point could not maintain a connection to the network when they were moving to another area of the campus. They would drop out of the network and then have to log back on through another access point. Plus, the network did not have the coverage and capacity needed to meet quality expectations in all areas of the campus. Without significant changes we would not be able to support the level of use that our wired and wireless networks would get with a move to an all-MacBook Pro environment. So the MacBooks and iPads we were purchasing would not have fully serviced the pedagogical needs of the institution and our students. THE SOLUTION To enable Moravian College to achieve its communications objectives, the IT team worked with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise and Advance 2000, an Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise partner, to design an integrated wired and wireless network tailored specifically for the Moravian College campus. The new unified access network is engineered to provide students and faculty with secure anytime, anywhere access with any device across the entire campus. It is also sized to fully meet the needs of the College today and support future expansion, as required. With this infrastructure, Moravian College can now provide students and faculty with the best technology and collaborative learning tools needed to transform the way students learn and professors teach. Ubiquitous wired and wireless access to the network is enabled by the Alcatel- Lucent Enterprise Unified Access solution, which provides all users with a seamless, high-quality network experience whether they are using their MacBook Pro computers or iPads. This solution has also streamlined network management efforts by enabling the IT team to manage the entire network, govern access, and maintain the security of all traffic based on a single set of usage policies. With the unified access solution, we are able to converge all data, video and multimedia traffic onto one secure network. All three are very important components in a higher education We needed a network that could effectively handle the academic load that would be placed on it and easily support the social and entertainment load the students would generate. We looked at other suppliers, but Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise was able to provide a solution that aligned perfectly with our vision and objectives. And it was the only supplier that was able to provide the dense coverage and capacity needed to create and maintain the high quality experience students expect from a wireless network. Scott Hughes, Chief Information Officer, Moravian College BENEFITS Full support for an all-MacBook Pro environment More ubiquitous coverage for any user, anywhere on campus, in and out of the classroom Competitive positioning with students based on advanced network capabilities Leadership positioning in higher education based on innovative approach to use of corporate and commercial technologies More collaborative, knowledge sharing environment for tailored, interactive learning
  4. 4. Alcatel, Lucent, Alcatel-Lucent and the Alcatel-Lucent logo are trademarks of Alcatel-Lucent. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. The information presented is subject to change without notice. Alcatel-Lucent assumes no responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein. Copyright 2014 Alcatel-Lucent. All rights reserved. E2014034735EN (June) CUSTOMER SUMMARY Moravian College MARKET: Education FACULTY: 107 Full Time; 139 Part time NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 1,461 Undergraduate; 226 Graduate URL: environment and unified access has allowed us to build a single infrastructure that can support all traffic and multiple networked devices securely, without overloading the IT team with network management and support requirements, said Hughes. And the ClearPass Policy Management System that is part of the unified access solution makes it easier to determine, measure and develop student engagement with our collaborative learning approach by making it easy for us to control network access, enforce security policies, and track usage. The always-on, high quality, enriched communications provided by unified access during and after class is enabled by a 40G-capable Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6900 (OS6900) Core, OmniSwitch 6450 Gigabit Stackable LAN Switches and OmniSwitch 6850E Stackable LAN Switches. These versatile switches provide Moravian College with the reliable, high performance n