Keio University, Japan’s First Modern Institution on Higher Education, Selects Avaya SDN Fx Architecture to Power “Tsuruoka Town Campus of Keio (TTCK)”

Keio University has implemented Avaya technology to simplify configuration and operation of campus network

Avaya, a global leader in business communications software, systems and services, announced today that Keio University, Japan’s first modern institution of higher education founded in 1858, has implemented Avaya’s SDN Fx technology for the  Tsuruoka Town Campus of Keio (TTCK). The next-generation technology infrastructure is delivering superior network quality performance for students, staff and faculty, without downtime.

Also, Keio University is one of Japan’s leading research institutions, the TTCK is a institute for Advanced Biosciences built in 2001 to facilitate collaboration between academia, business and government. The former network design was very complicated, creating system challenges and making maintenance and failure investigation complex. When the campus was preparing to upgrade the network last year, it looked for a solution that required minimal configuration modification requirements, as the TTCK does not have an infrastructure specialist on-site.

Keio University decided to deploy Avaya’s SDN Fx architecture, based on Fabric Connect, an innovative implementation of shortest path bridging (SPB), a technology that delivers operational continuity and high reliability. The university was able to design and deploy the network in just three months, and is maintaining a stable environment with no user complaints. Wireless LAN access points installed in the TTCK are monitored from a remote campus site, and the solution is supporting various authentication methods, enabling flexible operation.


“The complexity of the multi-vendor environment was generating glitches and adding maintenance support costs.  We got to many upgrade proposals from various vendors. As I heard Avaya’s presentation for the first time, I was thrilled with their solution – when I saw a demonstration from their engineers that thrill turned into firm belief. The difference between Avaya and other companies was obvious, and I wanted to give this SPB technology a shot. This technology provides the performance and scalability we will require if we expand our campuses in future or for large scale deployment at other campuses.”

Yasuo Miyamoto, Information Technology Center, Keio University


“I am very pleased that Keio University selected the Avaya SDN Fx architecture because it offers powerful advantages for a campus expansion currently being deliberated by Keio University. As of February 2016, over 500 companies globally have deployed Avaya SDN Fx, and Avaya continues to offer technology that supports Smart Digital Enterprises.”

Yusuke Sakuma, Networking Sales Director, Avaya Japan


Avaya’s open software-defined networking (SDN) helps companies create agile networks for dynamic applications. We deliver the benefits of connect-anything-anywhere simplicity, reliability, and virtualization. The Avaya SDN Fx™ architecture dramatically reduces time-to-service, enabling easy connection of devices and users at the network edge.