Network solutions provider EfficientIP has won a contract with Manchester Metropolitan University. The contract was awarded after a three-way tender process to deliver DNS, DHCP and IPAM (DDI) services to 37,000 students and 4,000 staff members.
Like most universities, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has been challenged by the increasing number of connected devices students bring to the campus each day, relying heavily on its IT and networking systems to keep pace with the changes. To ensure students and staff members have access to the network when they need it, and deal with 600 switches handling more than 10,000 IP addresses, MMU had been using a DDI solution from Infoblox. As it approached end-of-support, the university decided to explore additional DDI solutions available on the market, including Infoblox and EfficientIP.
Following a successful demo of SOLIDserver, the contract was awarded to EfficientIP.
Commenting on choosing EfficientIP, Justin Michell, Network Engineer of Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “Technically, the easy option would have been to carry on with Infoblox as it would have been a straight upgrade, but financially, it made sense to go with EfficientIP. Their DDI solution was three times cheaper and more feature-rich.”
The whole implementation process has taken three months. Although, as Michell points out, “the functionality we have at the moment covers everything we need for DNS, DHCP and IPAM and is working nicely.”
MMU has also been looking at bolt-on products, notably a dedicated unit for running EfficientIP’s NetChange due to a potential scale in devices. NetChange queries network switches and pulls information on what devices are connected to which interfaces, giving MMU a comprehensive visibility and automated configuration capacity of its network.