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Assembly the Community Challenges of Expo 2020 Mega Occasion


Co-Author: Sanjay Hooda, Distinguished Engineer, Enterprise Network Engineering
Co-Creator: Sanjay Hooda, Distinguished Engineer, Enterprise Community Engineering

Expo 2020 is a world occasion that’s going down in Dubai from October 2021 by way of March 2022. It’s the first World Expo hosted within the Center East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) area with roughly 192 international locations taking part. The Expo web site extends throughout 4.38 sq. kilometres, with a whole lot of buildings together with exhibition centres, lodges, parks, worldwide participant pavilions, eating places, and residential buildings.

Because the Official Digital Community Companion of Expo 2020 Dubai, Cisco labored very carefully with the Expo 2020 workforce, stakeholders, and companions to finish the community design. The result is a safe, scalable, versatile, extremely accessible and resilient community infrastructure that may help hundreds of endpoints and tens of millions of holiday makers over the six-month interval. Cisco Software program-Outlined Entry (Cisco SD-Entry) performs a key function because the networking expertise for this hyper-connected mega occasion.

Designing a community for such a big occasion, with the power to adapt to the numerous assorted necessities from the exhibiting international locations, is not any small feat and comes with excessive expectations and lots of challenges. Let’s begin by explaining the important thing necessities, adopted by the design, and noticed advantages.

Key Networking Necessities to Help Mega Occasions

Designing a big campus community for such a mega occasion has its personal distinctive challenges. The journey began with gathering necessities encompassing wired and wi-fi endpoints, virtualization, IoT, and segmentation for safety.

  • Expo 2020’s expansive web site has a mess of wired and wi-fi endpoints with greater than 1,300 switches, roughly 50,000 energetic ports, 9000 Wi-Fi entry factors supporting 20,000 company Wi-Fi endpoints and 300,000 public Wi-Fi customers requiring cautious planning of scale and capability to ship the required service high quality and reliability.
  • Supporting many alternative connectivity necessities utilizing the identical networking {hardware} requires a Converged Infrastructure that leverages community virtualization expertise.
  • With hundreds of holiday makers connecting to the community, searching, and utilizing social media whereas press and media groups are dwell reporting and streaming video, the community should be resilient and extremely accessible.
  • Some community functions require excessive capability and low latency to switch giant recordsdata to distant places.
  • Numerous endpoints linked to all kinds of IoT (Web of Issues) and IT (Info Know-how) applied sciences should join seamlessly and securely to the community.
  • The community should help totally different site visitors sorts resembling multicast, unicast, and broadcast.
  • A scalable, modular, and versatile design is required to help pressing requests for community connectivity for progress.
  • Community administration capabilities resembling automation and insights are wanted for clean community operations, efficiency administration, and troubleshooting.
  • To strengthen Expo’s safety posture, segmentation of the community is important for conserving gadgets and consumer teams remoted from one another and solely permitting to entry to approved sources.
  • Granular community segmentation can also be wanted to reduce the assault floor, guarantee regulatory compliance, and include breaches by stopping the lateral motion of threats.

"Cisco's networking products support Expo 2020 Dubai's digital experience by helping visitors, participants, and businesses connect securely, reliably, and seamlessly-on any device, from anywhere on the 4.38 square kilometer site." Mohammed Alhashmi, CTO, Expo 2020 Dubai

The Community Design

With the important thing necessities in thoughts, Cisco designed the Expo2020 community utilizing Cisco Software program Outlined Entry (SD-Entry) expertise. SD-Entry multi-site topology supplies excessive scalability enabling hundreds of switches inside a single campus community spanning your entire Expo web site overlaying each indoor and out of doors areas. Multi-site design reduces the dimensions of failure domains, that are restricted to a single web site with redundancy and resiliency centered on every web site.

Modular community design is used throughout the Expo web site with absolutely redundant gadgets, hyperlinks, and energy provides to make sure excessive availability, elevated scalability, and optimum efficiency. StackWise Digital is used on Cisco Catalyst switches to extend redundancy and resiliency.

The SD-Entry material additionally supplies community virtualization for internet hosting a number of networks resembling IT, IoT, Occasion, Visitor, Media, and Broadcast utilizing the identical bodily switches. Utilizing macro- and micro-segmentation to nearly phase the community avoids creating and managing separate bodily networks.

Cisco Catalyst excessive efficiency 100 Gigabit Ethernet switches are used for connecting SD-Entry material community as Layer-3 and Layer-2 Borders, thus enabling versatile Layer-2 and Layer-3 connectivity to-and-from the material.

Community design helps a variety of IT and IoT endpoints, with Layer-2 flooding enabled for Constructing Administration System (BMS), Dante protocol for Background Music (BGM), and Multicast Help for IPTV site visitors. Software Insurance policies are deployed to offer High quality of Service (QoS) for Video and Voice site visitors.

Cisco Industrial Ethernet switches lengthen the SD-Entry material into harsh exterior environments, enabling dependable community connectivity to out of doors areas. These hardened switches act as SD-Entry prolonged nodes to offer authentication, multicast, and security measures to IoT endpoints.

"Software Defined Access helped Expo 2020 streamline the process of providing network access to people and devices, keeping visitors and employees connected in a safe and seamless manner." Abdulrahman Alameeri, VP Network Technologies, Expo 2020 Dubai

Enterprise Outcomes

The community design primarily based on Cisco SD-Entry supplies virtualization, segmentation, and group-based insurance policies together with elevated enterprise agility, enhanced safety, and operational effectivity.

Elevated Enterprise Agility

Software program Outlined Entry allows sooner provisioning of recent endpoints and gadgets to satisfy day-to-day exhibition necessities. It additionally supplies a Converged Community to a number of tenants, resembling IT, IoT, Occasion, Visitor, Media, and Broadcast and so on.

A variety of endpoints and protocols are supported, resembling BMS (BACnet), Lighting Management System, Background Music System (Dante), Graphic Design and Projection Methods, Digital Media Gamers, PCs, Laptops and so on.

Software program Outlined Entry supplies a seamless consumer expertise with identity-based insurance policies throughout your entire Expo 2020 web site. There isn’t any have to reconfigure the community hen folks’s location modifications. The community supplies indoor and out of doors protection with uniform insurance policies throughout your entire Expo web site.

Enhanced Safety

SD-Entry supplies safe segmentation of the community into a number of tenants with strict insurance policies to entry community sources. Macro- and micro-segmentation is enforced to safe endpoints throughout the material. The community is built-in with safety controls resembling firewalls, community anomaly detection, logging and monitoring of gadgets for improved community visibility and management.

A zero belief method is used to maintain guests and workers linked in a protected and seamless method. Id-based insurance policies are used with strict entry guidelines throughout your entire web site, in order that, for instance, friends can’t entry worker community sources.

Operational Effectivity

It’s simple to take care of and handle your entire Expo community from a single “pane of glass” utilizing the built-in automation capabilities of Cisco DNA Middle. This permits the community operations workforce to offer sooner responses to buyer requests and quickly full Transfer, Add, and Adjustments to community gadgets and configurations.

Cisco DNA Middle additionally simplifies the upkeep and administration on the code degree for hundreds of community gadgets throughout total Expo campus. Cisco DNA Analytics and Cisco Assurance present sooner troubleshooting in addition to improved visibility and insights into community capability and efficiency.

"For smooth operations of Expo 2020 network we depend on Cisco SD-Access automation and assurance. Automation provides the required agility and efficiency for network provisioning and changes, while assurance gives us visibility and insights to quickly troubleshoot and fix problems." Waleed Zidan, Senior Manager Network Technologies Expo 2020 Dubai

World-Class Community for a World-Class Mega Occasion

With Cisco SD-Entry, the Expo 2020 IT workforce can meet the varied challenges such a mega-event presents together with wired and wi-fi entry safety, segmentation, reliability, and the power to attach and transfer any gadget wherever with out altering their community attributes. For the hundreds of holiday makers and workers working on the Expo on daily basis, connectivity is clear and ubiquitous, augmenting the Expo expertise with entry to up-to-date occasion info, reservations, and social sharing from wherever.

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