US Ignite – Connecting Everything, Empowering Everyone with High-Speed Broadband Across the United States

High-speed, ubiquitous Internet helps most of the U.S. population do everything from watch movies and listen to books to manage finances and get an education. And, they expect to be able to access it anytime, anywhere from laptops, phones, or tablets. Today’s Internet is helping to connect and empower us in ways we couldn’t have imagined 30 years ago. However, some people don’t have access to the same high-speed, ubiquitous

Next Generation Firewall Help Control Your Network and Protect Assets

The traditional firewall got a boost a few years ago with the advent of the next-generation firewall (NGF). Now NGF technology is through another evolutionary advance and becoming more dynamic and intelligent. In fact, Gartner estimates that 70 percent of firewall purchases in 2014 will be NGF. Recently, Deena Thomchick, security evangelist for Juniper Networks, talked about how NGFs can help organizations defend their assets while managing resources in today’s

Achieving Lower Costs for Campus and Branch Operations with SDN/NFV and the Hybrid Cloud

School systems are distributed — people, places, information, devices, etc., are not neatly confined in a single place, a single data center or even a single infrastructure.  This distributed infrastructure poses challenges for architecture design because so many endpoints need to be managed. To help, network functions virtualization (NFV) is a practical use of software-defined networking (SDN) to simplify complex systems and can be used to lower operational costs while

NJ School System offers Valuable Tips for Protecting School Data During Natural Disasters

It seems like a week doesn’t pass without another natural disaster occurring somewhere in the United States.  This summer has included a hurricane on the East Coast, tornadoes in the Midwest and a very unseasonable polar vortex similar to the one that helped create the harsh winter we recently experienced. These natural disasters affect schools systems in myriad ways, from keeping up with curriculum when students can’t make it to

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