Online Higher Education Institution Prepares for Growth

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Executive Summary

Apollo Group is a leading provider of higher education programs for working adults. Apollo Group's learning and business applications reside on approximately 7500 servers in three data centers in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The IT team wanted to upgrade the data center network. In addition, Apollo requires a modular and scalable switch architecture in order to address future student demand. Apollo built its next-generation data center infrastructure using the Cisco Nexus family of switches. The Cisco Nexus platform provides the 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity the authors need as they continue to virtualize. In which delivered excellent student experience even during peak times doubled network size without increasing staff, lowered per-port switch costs while increasing ports, freed up several rows in the data center.

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