Deployment enables essential education network to meet demands for greater internet speed, security and scalability
RICHARDSON, Texas — April 13, 2021 — Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. is collaborating with the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) to strengthen their Illinois Century Network (ICN), the largest state-run education network in the U.S. With an upgrade to software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technology, legacy fiber transport infrastructure is being leveraged to interconnect more K-12 schools, libraries, students, government offices and other users with applications and educational resources quickly, securely and efficiently.
Access to high-speed connectivity is a lifeline in today’s 21st century economy, particularly with the necessary emphasis on remote work and online distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fujitsu recommended SD-WAN technology powered by Silver Peak, recently acquired by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, to update the ICN network. With the ability to establish secure connections over public internet using software instead of hardware, the SD-WAN upgrade enables reduced costs, improved bandwidth efficiency, dynamic scalability, simplified operations and a seamless evolution to the cloud without sacrificing security, data privacy or end-user quality of experience.
“We are pleased to help Illinois DoIT integrate and support their SD-WAN solution so they can ensure a superior online learning experience for thousands of students and faculty across the state,” said Greg Manganello, SVP and head of wireless and service solutions, Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. “SD-WAN not only secures connectivity through encryption, it also improves network scalability and resiliency all within the long-term affordability envelope that ICN requires.”
The planned five-year ICN SD-WAN deployment began in July 2019, and more than 100 locations turned up in the first four months — a quick and simple process due to zero-touch provisioning and technical support from Fujitsu. The solution powered by Silver Peak offers consistent network and application performance with a high quality of experience, centralized orchestration and management with granular visibility, and an intuitive management interface that provides ease of use and complete observability of the SD-WAN.