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Daejeon University progresses with a scalable and secured IT infrastructure with F5

Daejeon University, established in 1980, is one of the leading private universities in Daejeon, South Korea. The university’s Institute of Information & Communication provides 24 hours of always available and seamless web applications to 10,000 students and 1,000 faculty members and staffs on and off campus.

Daejeon University deployed F5 Application Delivery Controller (ADC) solution, which comprise of F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Management (BIG-IP LTM) and Application Security Management (BIG-IP ASM), to efficiently manage and secure massive traffic and to ensure reliable IT infrastructure. 

BIG-IP LTM and ASM provided the ability to deliver applications quickly, resulting in a highly stable and secured infrastructure. We are also able to reduce operational cost, CAPEX and OPEX, with a less complex architecture. Daejeon University IT Manager, Byung-Kyu Kang

Business Challenges

Similar to universities in Korea, Daejeon University actively use IT information systems to deliver academic information, conduct online enrollment and lectures, maintain emails and communication platforms for their students, lecturers and faculty members

The proliferation of smart devices created massive strain and challenges to the network infrastructure. With the ever increasing amount of students and staffs accessing online lectures and submitting tutorials online with their smart devices, apps performance is tardy and infrastructure runs a higher risk to sophisticated cyber-attacks such as Deface and DDoS.

In the past, accessing our university website, online lectures and information is slow and frustrating. It is common to encounter system errors in attendance, page loads of courses and examinations.Today, students and staffs no longer face the same issues when taking online courses and using the university website. I am very contented with the web response and services. Daejeon University student, Hye-Soo Kim

Solution

Daejeon University’s IT Manager, Byung-Kyu Kang, needed a solution that allows the infrastructure to scale intelligently in a secured and agile manner to meet the growing traffic and user expectations.

Mr. Kang got to know F5 at a seminar, and soon deployed F5’s load balancing and web application firewall solutions. Mr. Kang said about his decision, “BIG-IP LTM proficiently distributes traffic workloads in a secured environment through virtual IP” and added, “In addition, BIG-IP ASM, known for improving security and performance of application while protecting web and applications against unknown security vulnerabilities.”  

By deploying BIG-IP LTM, Daejeon University greatly improved their network performance which in turn dramatically improved page load times and the user experience. And with industry-leading SSL performance encrypting everything from client to server, the entire user experience is protected. Adding on BIG-IP ASM, the University can protect against OWASP top 10 threats and application vulnerabilities with a web application firewall that guards critical apps.

Benefits

Today, Daejeon University is able to deliver the required IT services in more optimized and stable manner with improved operation reliability and visibility into web vulnerabilities.

“BIG-IP LTM and ASM provided the ability to deliver applications quickly, resulting in a highly stable and secured infrastructure. We are also able to reduce operational cost, CAPEX and OPEX, with a less complex architecture,” said Mr. Kang.

Daejeon University’s student, Ms. Hye-Soo Kim, shared her experience, “In the past, accessing our university website, online lectures and information is slow and frustrating. It is common to encounter system errors in attendance, page loads of courses and examinations” and added, “Today, students and staffs no longer face the same issues when taking online courses and using the university website. I am very contented with the web response and services.”

According to the IT manager, Mr. Kang, Daejeon University now enjoys a more efficient IT environment and reliable service delivery with F5’s technology and will look forward to more benefits in the future.