Country’s Largest 4-year University, Saves $100 Million!

The California State University replacing 3,316 switches with Alcatel-Lucent gear. A decision to oust Cisco in favor of Alcatel-Lucent is saving California State University $100 Million.

Cal State is embarking on an eight-year project to refresh its 23-campus 10G network with thousands of Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitches, which will replace 3,316 Cisco Catalyst switches. The cost of the project is $22 million, but would have been $122 million had CSU stuck with Cisco, says Michel Davidoff, director of cyberinfrastructure at CSU. “It was a no-brainer,” he says.

CSU embarked on the project to make sure the campus networks are current, and that they meet the requirements and objectives of academia and administration. Functional requirements included operational simplicity, low total cost of ownership (TCO), minimal operating systems and command line structures, and a commitment to standards.

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