How Networking is Used by OSF HealthCare, MKI, Zaymer, EPB and James Cook University: Case Studies


Having a reliable infrastructure and foundation for your network is an essential part of running a business, regardless of its size and industry.

Find out how five companies and organizations from various industries have improved their networks using modern hardware and software networking solutions:

1. MKI

Mitsui Knowledge Industry (MKI) is the Tokyo-based division of Mitsui & Co. which is responsible for providing IT services to the rest of the brand.

With just under 2,000 employees, MKI needed a whole new network model to support the changes in its working environment.

They also needed to ease the burden of each network change to focus on reorganization and staff transfers. As part of a flexible, semi-remote working model, MKI sought to eliminate functionality and bandwidth restrictions on video conferencing use that often manifested in internet latency.

With the help of Cisco, MKI was able to renovate its entire network with Cisco DNA and adopt Cisco SD-WAN for the main WAN.

“The new network is an important basis of the ‘work-X project’, aiming to form ‘a group of individuals with strong abilities’ by adopting new styles of work,” said Yasuhiro Nishiyori, head of sales at MKI. “For example, not to mention the accessibility of the cloud service, the network will need to accommodate a hundred times more devices than the current number of employees.”

Industry:Technical services

Networking solutions:Cisco DNA, Cisco SD-WAN, Cisco SD Access and Cisco Meraki


  • Control traffic by application to reduce delays
  • More flexible working methods
  • Enhancement of security through logical segmentation of the network
  • Reduced costs and operational burden through centralized management

Read the whole Mitsui Knowledge Industry and Cisco DNAcase study.

2. James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is a leading research university in Queensland, Australia, which conducts research internationally.

The research that JCU conducts regularly, the effects of climate change on tropical animals and plants in addition to local inhabitants, generates massive amounts of data. This research can be difficult to access later on for the 22,000 students and 5,000 staff they serve at three campuses in Australia, Cairns and Singapore.

By partnering with Juniper Networks, JSU built a unified network that connects all of its data resources. In addition, the network has a consistent design across the core and data centers, allowing the IT team to apply the necessary policies to different segments.

“Our researchers can now access critical applications, such as bioinformatics, eco-informatics and IoT analysis, which generate datasets of several terabytes,” said Swain Kirk, head of ICT infrastructure services at JCU.

Industries:Higher Education

Networking solutions:Data center, network automation, Juniper SDN, management and operations, and switches


  • Allows researchers to easily exchange large files with their peers
  • Ability to contain failures and breaches through network segmentation
  • Gives students 24/7 access to over 49,000 recorded lectures
  • Energy-efficient switches align with JCU’s sustainability goal

Read the whole James Cook University and Juniper Networks Data Centercase study.

3. Zaymer

Zaymer is a microfinance provider and the largest microcredit provider in Russia, with two million clients who can get and approve a loan in about eight minutes.

As the competition that copied their successful business model grew, they had to go above and beyond by switching to new technology that can dramatically improve the customer experience while ensuring data security and smooth data exchange with various third parties. .

Dell Technologies, alongside VMware, enabled Zaymer to run various applications in an active-active scenario between their two data centers, as well as affordable virtual machines and containers.

Zaymer was able to improve security by micro-segmenting its network and including a distributed firewall. The user experience has also changed for the better, thanks to load balancing, automation and proper IP management.

“We opted for a complete solution based on Dell Technologies and VMware. This means that we got a single point of contact with a supplier, which greatly simplified the implementation process, ”says Vyacheslav Klimov, system architect at Zaymer.


Networking solutions:Dell SmartFabric OS10, Dell Storage Arrays, Dell PowerSwitch, VMware vSphere, VMware NSX-T Networking, and PowerEdge MX Modular Servers


  • Strengthened business strategy thanks to a scalable and flexible network
  • Ability to use custom internal software
  • Integration of open source services
  • Easy maintenance and management

Read the whole Zaymer and Dell storage arrayscase study.

4. ILL

EPB is one of the largest electricity and communications utility providers in the United States. They serve more than 170,000 homes and businesses, providing them with fiber optic lines with voice, video and data.

In particular, EPB manages its thousands of commercial customers by creating packaged offers that allow them to manage and fully control the wireless network for their customers who do not have the infrastructure and resources to manage it themselves.

EPB chose Arista Networks because of its intuitive user interface, exceptional network performance, advanced cognitive Wi-Fi and robust reporting system. Along with the Arista access points they used with their customers, Arista technologies enabled EPB to easily and efficiently manage their customers’ networking.

“We have had great success in our partnership with Arista Networks,” says Valerie Lucas, head of product development at EPB. “Arista is a great complement to our ISP, giving us the ability to bundle the best technology and wireless networking solutions for our business customers.

“In addition, Arista’s reports and interface ensure that EPB can continue to provide the exceptional customer service that we are proud of.


Networking solutions:Arista Wireless Access Points and Arista Cognitive Wi-Fi


  • Enabled EPB to create a simple, monetized Wi-Fi offering for local businesses that lack resources
  • Improved customer service with intuitive dashboard reports
  • Increase in ISP value and overall customer loyalty

Read the whole EPB and Arista Networks Cognitive Wi-Ficase study.

OSF HealthCare on Extreme Management Center

OSF HealthCare is an integrated healthcare system and hospital, with 13 acute care facilities, two colleges of nursing and a physician organization. They firmly believe that innovation and digital transformation can dramatically improve the lives of patients.

In addition to paying close attention to patient health and medical innovation, OSF still needed to upgrade its outdated network infrastructure and comply with security and compliance requirements while reducing operating costs.

With POINTcore on board alongside Extreme, OSF was able to start from scratch with an automated network with Extreme Fabric Connect and Extreme Management Center that allowed them to forgo constant port reconfiguration.

Together, they created a standardized infrastructure model across all OSF sites. This allowed them to minimize interdependencies and avoid disruptions and outages during updates and patches.

“Our network infrastructure was working, but to remain secure, efficient and prepared for the future, we needed to re-evaluate our infrastructure,” says Karl Belter, Network Architect at POINTcore. “Our experience with Extreme during implementation has been responsive and refreshing.

“We felt like they were really listening to everything we had to say.”

Industry:Health care

Networking solutions:Extreme Management Center, ExtremeSwitching, Extreme Fabric Attach and Extreme Fabric Connect


  • 30% capital replacement savings
  • Maintenance requirements reduced by 60%
  • Reinforced network security
  • Cost reduction
  • Simplified network model

Read the whole OSF HealthCare on Extreme Management Connectcase study.