Improving School District Network Capacity for 21st Century Learning

Screen Shot 2015-11-01 at 10.49.54 AM copySchool districts are being driven to higher network speed and capacity by a perfect storm of curriculum standards, consumer technology and digital education resources. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and other online curricula, online assessments, 1:1 computing and bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives are quickly stretching legacy networks beyond their breaking points. According to a recent Center for Digital Education survey of over 150 K-12 education leaders, 75 percent of school districts either already have a 1:1 strategy in place, are planning for 1:1 or are currently piloting 1:1.

At some point, it becomes too expensive and unfeasible to add more bandwidth to legacy, low-speed point-to-point networks. Some districts will be looking to trade up from copper leased lines to fiber optic networks. Others have already made the switch but still need to upgrade their capacity.

Forward-looking schools and districts are evaluating and upgrading their wide area networks (WANs) and metropolitan area networks (MANs) to ensure that they are able to operate under high usage, adapt to flexible configurations, and withstand interruptions and bandwidth surges.

This white paper reviews options for improving network capacity in school districts.

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