APJ Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) – Deakin University

APJ Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) – Deakin University

October 27, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


[MUSIC] So Deakin is Australia’s
eighth largest university. We have over 50,000 students,
40,000 of those study at one of our four physical campuses that are
located around Southern Victoria. About a further 12 to 15,000
students choose to study via the Cloud in our fifth campus,
that we call the Cloud Campus, where they have a wholly
online digital education. Every area of Deakin fundamentally
seeks to deliver on two core priorities or business objectives, and they are–the first is
a personalized experience with premium digital engagement for
all of our students, our staff and our stakeholders. And that goes hand in hand with the
second, which is a very clear stated aim to be Australia’s premiere university
in driving the digital frontier. So we’re working across
six foundation enablers. So six large areas of development
comprise the smart-campus plan, but one in particular that we’re
doing a lot of work in, and a lot of close work with Cisco (in), is in proximity- and
location-based services. So we’re leveraging a very
extensive Cisco Wi-Fi infrastructure and the Cisco CMX platform, and we’ve been able to determine the
location of all connected devices on campus. So with one prototype, we were then
able to show students a heat map of the availability of study
spaces in the Deakin Library. In that same prototype, for example, students were able to signal a
request for in-place assistance, and then university support staff could
accurately determine the whereabouts of the student and
take assistance to them in place. So we’re trialing our proximity-aware
devices, and one of the things that we’re developing is some
of our large form-factor digital signs that
are proximity-aware. So when a student is very close by, and viewing the screen,
if we recognize that student, we can respond, on the screen
with personalized content. We’re adding context to
location in a number of pilots. So students are also able,
for example, to subscribe to Deakin
channels of interest, and then as they move into
particular areas of campus that are geo-fenced within
our Wi-Fi infrastructure, that triggers notifications on
their mobile phone, for example, so they can get access
to services and events that are happening
right near them in real time.>>So the networking’s gotten smarter. It’s gotten simpler at the same
time, and it’s providing us with more intelligence so that we
can get data off the network to allow the analytical functions
and the location-based services. One of the things that we’re looking
to do with the new technologies that Cisco have got in their
portfolio of DNA is that we need to get our network
engineers working smarter. That means not configuring
things via CLI. It means that we need to get
devices on the network and configured a lot more quickly
than we’ve traditionally done with manual methods. So we’re using orchestration and
automation tools like APIC-EM to configure switches and
automatically put devices on VLANs. DNA, we could have written
the blueprint for DNA. Sounds like something that Deakin
would have come up with, and we’re pleased that Cisco has. So it’s heading down the same
pathway as we’ve been heading down with our solutions. It’s enabling faster, smarter, more
agile solutions to be provisioned, and more accurately
provisioned on the network. Cisco