HIGH-SPEED METRO ETHERNET / INTERNET FOR EDUCATION
Connectivity, a Foundation for Educational Excellence. Educational entities of all sizes are looking for cost-effective ways to transform the learning experience and facilitate learning and collaboration beyond school hours, beyond classroom walls, and between geographically dispersed locations. With the progression of technology, the education system is focused on enhancing the services it provides to students, faculty and administration while at the same time leveraging technology to reduce operational costs.
To gain additional network flexibility and capabilities at a lower cost, XiddiG encourages educational institutions to investigate its Metro Ethernet services. Metro Ethernet services can cost-effectively provide robust bandwidth, enable new services, and support the convergence of voice, data and video over one reliable network.
The sheer volume of data that schools both small and large must transport continues to grow. One thing is clear — the demand for secure, reliable, high-bandwidth connectivity between students, researchers, libraries, data centres, and other affiliated locations continues to rise.
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The innovative networking technology provided by XiddiG gives educators the ability to provide greater access to instructional resources and improve the communication between teachers, students and parents..
Today, local governments and associated private agencies are challenged by the demand to provide more communications capacity for the government agencies they support. Specifically, that challenge is finding a reliable technology solution for the following key imperatives:
Secure Inter-Agency Communication and Collaboration
Today, students of all ages are growing up in an “Always On” world. Technology allows us all to literally be witnesses to the sights, sounds and events of the world in real time. The ability for educators to reach outside the walls of their schools to bring more contextual relevancy is changing the way the world learns. To make this all work, universities, colleges, local school districts and other education-related organizations are requiring secure, high-bandwidth, instant connectivity to support the following key imperatives:
Secure 24/7 Remote Access
Robust connectivity is an increasingly important attribute for educational institutions, for streamlined administration, as well as for enhanced educational opportunities. In an effort to meet the demands head-on of a highly mobile student and faculty population, schools are implementing secure bandwidth intensive solutions that provide for remote access to online digital content. Faculty members are now able to reach out beyond their classrooms and textbooks to access an array of online resources, including professional development information, and additional content to support student learning.
The students of today have grown up in an instant-on world and as such demand nothing less than 100% access to needed information. In order to service these demands, educational entities must provide fast and secure network connectivity to all of their constituents.
By the year 2018, postsecondary students enrolled in distance learning classes are expected to represent 2.3 million students. The biggest factor affecting enrolment will be the increasing likelihood of traditional college-age students, 18 to 24 year-olds, participating in distance learning online programs. This enrolment will increase across all postsecondary levels, with a projected 18% growth for undergraduate students, 19% for graduate students, and 27% for first-professional students.
This access to real-time video applications such as streaming video inside and outside the classroom emphasizes the need for high-speed networks.
Centralization of Resources, Decentralization of Data
Within the boundaries of the educational and research community, there is an explosion of available data. Centralization of this data where it can be easily accessed and shared with many in a secure environment is a challenge for both IT and networking technology. Educational institutions are increasing development and implementation on internetworking solutions to take advantage of the cost benefits offered by sharing of resources among geographically distributed institutions. Administrative, student and research databases are being deployed in fewer, more centralized data centers, thus lessening support resources while also decreasing the maintenance costs associated with multiple locations.
Obviously, high-bandwidth connections enable cost-effective deployment of resources from multiple locations.
In order to cost-effectively provide resilient, redundant, high-speed connectivity to research centres, classrooms, remote campuses, and partner institutions, schools are exploring the convergence of voice, data and video. This enables schools to better support the IP collaboration tools that reduce costs by merging multiple services to support higher levels of teaching and research excellence.
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