A recent survey of professionals in the K-12 education network space reported feeling the strain of new learning models and an increasing number of devices on their network consuming ever-greater bandwidth.
More than half of those in the survey have plans to implement 1-to-1 programs that provide a laptop or mobile device to each student in the classroom, while another 23 percent already have programs in place. Benefits of these programs include increased access to online learning materials and up-to-date information and curriculum, but also put a burden on the network to not only be up and running, but hit SLAs for performance and bandwidth.
“Many respondents pointed to a disconnect between the proliferation of new mobile devices and instructional methods and their existing network infrastructure. The growing volume of digital learning content expected to enter classrooms will likely be the next significant challenge, particularly for older infrastructure. Some respondents reported plans to upgrade wireless access to improve in-class connectivity for students attempting to access the network using mobile devices or other 1-to-1 technologies.”
When it comes to security, more respondents feel their networks are vulnerable than those that perceive their networks to be fully protected. Years of computers in classrooms has led to reliable backup systems and internet safety policies as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, with multiple layers of internet filtering.
Uplogix in a campus network offers a number of benefits. Often small teams are responsible for campus networks that span one location, or multiple campuses across town or across a state.
- Reduced Operational Costs | Decrease network support costs by automatically diagnosing and fixing common network device problems within minutes—without IT personnel involvement.
- Better Use of Staff Time | Secure out-of-band access functionality provides centralized technical staff fast and easy access to remote gear to reduce the number of support visits required.
- Less Network Downtime | With network uptime a key consideration in any network, Uplogix monitors 24×7, ensuring quick response to downtime as well as service level fluctuations.
Learn more about Uplogix K-12 and university customers.