Brocade is helping school districts in California, Missouri and South Carolina upgrade their IT networks to achieve substantial cost-savings by taking advantage of the latest technologies built into the company's entire range of FCX switches.
The goal of Brocade's new "effortless network" initiative is to help the IT departments at schools across the nation -- which have traditionally focused on supporting data -- deal with new challenges, such as streaming video, virtual desktops and unified communications, as well as providing support for personal devices and delivering anytime, anywhere access.
"Our students don't want access to just the server -- they want access to the world," said Cathi Eredia, interim director of technology at El Monte Union High School District in Southern California.
To make this possible, Brocade's entire range of stackable FCX switches are now powered by HyperEdge technology that delivers new levels of automation and simplification in campus LANs. According to Brocade, HyperEdge is all about "simplifying network management and paying for only what you need today while enabling you to add seamless capacity and functionality as your needs grow."
Economy Without Sacrificing Functionality
Among other things, HyperEdge automatically consolidates the management of all campus access devices to a single IP address, which makes it easier for schools to roll out new security access policies.
"Instead of manually reconfiguring each device or configurable stack, HyperEdge technology allows you to update user ports across the campus with just a single command," Brocade said in a HyperEdge technology video overview.
With most state governments sharply focused on reducing their annual budgets, school districts are also struggling to do more with less money than in the past. At the Fort Mill School District in South Carolina, for example, the student size has doubled to more than 10,500 in the past decade -- even as the district's range of technology needs has greatly expanded.
What's more, the performance-to-value ratio has become a prime concern, said Fort Mill School District Director of Technology Tom Queen.
"We need networks that work quickly and are simple to configure and troubleshoot," Queen said. "We want high performance, not high maintenance."
Using HyperEdge technology, school district network administrators can mix and match premium and entry-level in a single stack and then vary the mix as their requirements change -- in other words, economy without sacrificing functionality, according to Brocade. The entry-level devices automatically inherit the functionality of the premium devices. (continued...)