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University of South Carolina

“The ability to view the entire infrastructure on a single pane of glass is a huge benefit to our architecture, network, and security teams.”

Jessie Hawkins, Systems Architect, University of South Carolina


The University of South Carolina has eight campuses across the state with more than 50,000 students and an annual budget in the billions. The main campus in Columbia is recognized as one of the nation’s top universities, with several of its undergraduate and graduate programs cited as number one in the country.

The research network at the University of South Carolina was experiencing frequent performance problems due to increased demand. The team ultimately made plans to upgrade its Internet2 network from 10 to 100 gigabits per second, and deploy a new firewall infrastructure to protect it. Fortinet’s solution enabled the university to integrate the entire security architecture, from the new data center infrastructure to three cloud platforms, with the Fortinet Security Fabric. 

Learn how the University of South Carolina gained full visibility of the entire infrastructure on a single pane of glass in this case study.    

Business Impact


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Reallocated 40 to 80 staff hours monthly due to stability of new network infrastructure

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$5 million cost avoidance for SSL/TLS inspection appliances required for competing solutions

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Better coordination among the architecture, network, and security teams via management and visibility

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