In the process of searching for more powerful and modern equipment, we chose the products of the world brand Cisco, applying for professional support from the company Green Light.
— Why did AUCA chose Cisco?
— The equipment of this vendor AUCA partially started to use since 2007. During this time, our specialists have had time to make sure of the reliability, as well as the unique technical characteristics of the equipment Cisco. In the process of updating the network infrastructure, we decided to abandon the hardware of other vendors and switch over to Cisco. After successful tests during the pilot project, we switched to the main purchases of Cisco Aironet 2800 access points, which are designed for 200 active connections. The difference compared to the equipment installed at AUCA earlier is almost 10 times. When upgrading the network infrastructure, we had to minimize the risks, so we purchased redundant equipment for the network core, so that in case of emergency failure of the main network component, the American University of Central Asia would not be left without communication. We also installed a Cisco 5508 controller for centralized management of Wi-Fi access points. Of course, it was possible to do with cheaper analogues, but we would hardly have achieved such flexibility when using the network: now AUCA has an opportunity to segment users and provide them with access to the network depending on their profile. The cost of Cisco equipment justifies the cost by 100 percent. Today AUCA with 110 access points serves only three network administrators, despite the fact that the university is an Enterprise-class building. The university has more than 600 desktop computers, and the total number of equipment exceeds 1,000 units.