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Fujitsu bolsters connectivity in five Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan campuses
By Nestor Domingo Jr - on 11 Aug 2017, 2:16pm

Fujitsu bolsters connectivity in five Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan campuses

From left: Harriet B. Fernandez, Director, Computing and Information Services Office, Lennie K. Ong, University Treasurer, Edison B. Sasoy, Vice President for Administration, Fr. Roberto C. Yap, SJ, University President, Mr. Cricket Santiago, President and CEO of Fujitsu Philippines, Inc., Terry Ybanez, Sales Director, VisMin Business Unit, Sherwin Cortes, Solutions Architect, Joyce Punay, Account Manager, VisMin Sales Business Unit

Xavier University–Ateneo de Cagayan has formally established its partnership with Fujitsu Philippines to boost the connectivity in all of its five campuses across Cagayan de Oro City as the university gears toward the distinction of being a smart digital campus.

This announcement came after relying on the solutions provider which played the vital role in implementing Xavier University’s ICT infrastructure plans since the campus first laid its backbone in 2009.

In 2011, the ICT provider started the integration of solutions centered on Cisco and Ruckus products. The campus has been provided with 10G connections thanks to Cisco’s Catalyst 4500-X. Cisco Nexus 9300, on the other hand, provides the data center infrastructure that connects its existing Unified Computing System (UCS) Server and NetApp Storage. This also includes the Wi-Fi connection throughout the main campus and the annexes as provided by Ruckus Wireless System.

They also ensured network security by translating XU’s security requirements through incorporating the Cisco ASA 5585 firewall with Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), Advanced Malware Protection, and Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE). Cisco IronPort Web Security Appliance was also added to provide additional defense against phishing sites and other online threats and prompts XU to allow their policy-based web filters that enable easy implementation of the existing ICT policies.

This partnership is part of Xavier-Ateneo’s initiative that involves digital learning in accordance to their vision of becoming “A leading ASEAN University forming leaders of character by 2033.”

“Digitalization and connectivity have emerged as a necessity for educational institutions. It allows us to make our students globally competitive. To achieve it, we have invested a lot in building and improving our IT infrastructure across all campuses,” said Edison B. Sasoy, Xavier Ateneo Vice President for Administration. “All our current and future ICT initiatives are centered on the university’s core processes that include teaching and learning system, research, and social development.”

Xavier University’s Computing and Information Services Office (CISO) Computing and Network Services Unit Head Fren Marlon B. Peralta said the upgrade has aided XU in boosting the capabilities of its network in which they are looking at an 8-15 year cycle.

“Our next steps are now focused on the optimization of the converged campus network infrastructure, especially now that we are moving toward an online campus setup. All of the student services like admissions and enrollment, as well as student evaluation and assessment, are now accessible online,” said Peralta. “Maybe, in the coming years, the university may also venture to offer online courses.”

“We see the value of digitalization for advancing the capabilities of educational institutions in enabling for a better learning experience for their students. It is one of our thrusts to support these visions of providing a tool that would make learning fun, convenient, and available,” said Cricket Santiago, Fujitsu Philippines Chief Executive Officer. “For Fujitsu Philippines part, we’ll continue extending our support and services to them.”

Xavier University–Ateneo de Cagayan is a private Jesuit-run university situated at five locations across Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines: Agriculture extension called Manresa; Center for Integrated Technologies in Masterson Avenue; XU Grade School campus in Macasandig; XU High School and Grade School Annex in Pueblo de Oro; and main senior high and tertiary campus along Corrales Avenue. At present, XU caters to more than 14,000 students from basic education to secondary, tertiary, graduate, and professional studies.