Migrating to the Software-Defined Networking in Higher Education to Improve Student Outcomes

In today’s blended educational environments, online learning is an important component that helps institutions improve student outcomes while cutting costs and meeting student demands for flexible, anytime/anywhere access. By 2015, more than half of today’s students will be learning online, with a large concentration of older students who have returned to school to retool their skills. Software-defined networking (SDN) technologies can help colleges and universities create an effective and efficient

Next Generation Firewall Protects Schools from Cyber Threats

As digital learning transforms the ease and speed at which students across the country’s school districts access information, today’s students may never experience what it’s like to flip through the pages of a traditional printed text book, encyclopedia or card catalog. However, along with its convenience and access to greater amounts of information and resources, digital learning can expose school districts to increased cyber security vulnerabilities. Recent studies show 200,000

OHECC Best Practices Include Cloud-Supported VTC to save costs and increase Reach to Satellite Campuses

In Ohio, where multiple college systems must find a way to keep students connected and receiving the top academic content available, a best practice is to stay on top of technological advances and to share ideas and successes. To do that, the Ohio Higher Education Computing Council (OHECC) has sponsored an annual conference that brings together educators from the state’s large number of colleges and universities with experts and thought

The Cloud can Create Efficiencies without Breaking Budgets in Campus Environments

Local governments and educational institutions both are faced with limited budgets and disperse infrastructures. Whether it is a school campus or a city/county office environment, finding ways to share information across multiple locations while keeping it secure and within budget is a constant challenge. Moving to the cloud is a way for both governments and educational institutions to lower costs, but it takes an understanding of the types of cloud

How the Public Cloud Can Help Educational Institutions Improve Student Outcomes

The delivery of new cutting-edge applications must be efficient, elastic and delivered at the speed of demand in today’s Higher Education market. These applications can improve the student learning experience, which can contribute towards improving student outcomes. However, the reality is that today’s Higher Education IT environments are constrained both operationally and fiscally. Find out how the cloud can help Higher Education IT departments meet the dramatically increasing demand for

Freeing Educational Institutions from the Traditional Network Albatross

Paper and pencils have become educational relics at schools across the country as digital learning tools, Internet resources and online collaboration have taken their place as essential components of education today. In order to merely function, let alone be successful, faculty, students and administrators need reliable connectivity across their campuses. As educational institutions try to meet the unprecedented demand for connectivity with traditional networks, the highly manual network configuration and

K-12 Education Solutions Can Help Deliver Success Stories to K-12 School Districts with High-Performance, Secure Networking

An unending tide of technology has recently transformed the world of K-12 education from textbooks and spiral notebooks to mobile devices, interactive curriculum, and cloud services, which depend on a fast, reliable, and secure network. Whether school districts provide laptops, netbooks, or tablets for students or have adopted a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, the number of mobile devices in a typical classroom is rising sharply. In addition, most middle and high

Balancing Control and Protection – How to Achieve a Secure Network

The Modern Network recently spoke with Deena Thomchick, senior manager of Product Marketing in Security Solutions for Juniper Networks, about this week’s Connecticut Education Network Conference and learned about the latest innovations in education technology solutions. As new threats arise on a daily basis, finding the best network security may seem like a labyrinth.  Thomchick explains that the need to easily implement a system that performs without compromising security is

Securing the digital asset – what IT departments need for today’s always-on, mobile education environment

The digital asset, which includes everything from research data to intellectual property, is the crown jewel for universities and colleges.  Protecting it is vital and becoming increasingly critical as demands for always-on, easy access grows, and more and more challenging as universities expose more assets online. In fact, in a recent survey, Juniper Networks found that 44% of IT in higher education say that security is their biggest challenge, but

Educational Networks need to be Simple and Future Proofed for Today’s Virtual Learning Environments

Today’s education networks, from K-12 to higher education, have a need for higher bandwidth and always-on connectivity due to the proliferation of different devices connecting to them. The evolution from a “real” blackboard to a digital blackboard – and now a tablet or smartphone for interactive learning – has added to these bandwidth demands. In addition, Common Core testing, personalized learning, digital textbooks and online classes are only a few