As part of theCube’s continued coverage of the HP Discover conference in Las Vegas today, Wikibon founder Dave Vellante met with two practitioners from HP customer, Sao Paulo State University in Brazil whose network supports about 60,000 users; among these users are roughly 45,000 students and 10,000 faculty members. Each faculty member has their own VoIP device connected to the network, equaling 10,000 managed VoIP endpoints. The campus, and therefore its network, is connected across 23 cities, supported by five regional nodes, with the main node located in the capital of the state. The network consists of two rings and a total of 40 WAN nodes.
The team manages over 300 physical servers, 60 percent of which are virtualized using VMware; a project that the university began in 2008.
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