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"CSU's job is to train the workforce in California," Davidoff adds. "UCLA, Berkeley, their mission is research and development. There's very little research done at CSU."
That said, CSU is experimenting with OpenFlow to gather analytical data to see if it can make its 10G links more efficient, Davidoff says.
According to an Alcatel-Lucent study of more than 6,000 enterprises, 45% of educators said they would prefer to use cloud-based solutions that allow multiple devices to access data independent of where it's located, rather than having the application tied to device specific storage.
Alcatel-Lucent landed a major private cloud win with Illinois' Advocate Health Care earlier this year. That project also replaces a Cisco infrastructure.
Four campuses are expected to complete the transition to Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitches over the next year.
Read more about lans & wans in Network World's LANs & WANs section.