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K-12 Education Networks Not Prepared to Handle Next-Gen Applications, Traffic
Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 02:16:19 PM


New webinar from Exinda helps K-12 network administrators build a battle plan to cope with growing demands on the network.

BOSTON, Mass. - June 25, 2013 - K-12 education networks are being asked to handle more – more traffic from online learning applications, more devices from the introduction of tools like iPads in the classroom, and more safety compliance requirements – and many networks aren’t prepared to handle the strain, new research from Exinda finds.

"For K-12 network administrators, keeping tabs on your network is crucial in ensuring that your school or district operates at a level that assures optimum learning while protecting data and users," said Ryan Tollofson, Director, Education Marketing, at Exinda. "With the growing trends and demands for bandwidth, compliance and access via multiple devices, it is becoming even more critical to have visibility into and control over your network. Unfortunately, most IT managers are being asked to manage next-gen applications over a network run with a 20th century budget, and many are seeing a big impact on the performance of their network."

Managing an effective K-12 network that meets the needs of the 21st century learner, while also assuring compliance and security, is challenging, but it is attainable, Tollofson said. “Better visibility and control will help you focus your efforts on mission-critical data, optimum learning experiences, and allocation of bandwidth to priority resources,” he added.

To create a best-in-class education network experience, K-12 institutions can implement improved performance practices that can help network administrators:

  1. Protect students and network resources by knowing who and what is accessing your network in real-time;
  2. Effectively allocate Internet bandwidth to support learning in today's digital age of cloud-based applications and mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones;
  3. Assure the performance of critical learning applications required to support both learning and the administration of online testing; and,
  4. Facilitate compliance with the multitude of related U.S. regulation, such as the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and No Child Left Behind.

Exinda is hosting a webinar "Expert Insights on Preparing your K-12 Network for the Future of Learning" on Wednesday, June 26, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. Join Dave Edwards, President and CEO of Ignite Learning Partners, Gabriel Gador, senior network and systems engineer at La Jolla Country Day School, and Dave Inman, territory sales manager at Exinda, as they discuss the trends and solutions impacting network management in the K-12 space today.

Exinda has also made another resource available to K-12 network administrators: a free eBook, The ABCs of K-12 Network Management, to help network administrators at K-12 institutions effective plan and manage a 21st century Learning Network.

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