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University of Birmingham

Building a Network for the Future of Education at One of the UK’s Largest Universities

“Following our migration to the new FortiGate firewalls, we saw rapid improvements. Performance has never been higher, while network security is much easier to manage.”

– Renyk de’Vandre, Network Development Manager - Core Infrastructure - IT Services at University of Birmingham


To keep pace with its 35,000 network users and increasingly bandwidth-heavy applications, the University of Birmingham needed to improve its network security, performance, and manageability. By replacing a hodgepodge of legacy products with FortiGate next-generation firewalls (NGFWs), the University achieved more effective security without hampering performance. Meanwhile, the Fortinet Fabric Management Center made it easier for the IT team to deploy, monitor, and report on security controls across the multi-campus network.

Learn more about the University of Birmingham’s deepening engagement with the Fortinet Security Fabric to support its digital innovation in this case study.

Business Impact


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Increased customer satisfaction and significantly reduced admin overheads

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Improved network connectivity and speed with decreased downtime for a more reliable user experience

Easy Set Up

Transformed security management, making it easy to control across the university

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