Extremely large networks (you see what I did there) are nothing new. Hospitals, company campuses, and city governments are just a few examples of some of the larger network installations you’ll find in the U.S. College campuses and universities present their own set of challenges when deploying a large scale network. To paraphrase an over quoted movie, Extreme Networks has a particular set of skills, skills they’ve acquired over a very long career, skills that are needed to create fully functioning networks on college campuses.
Many schools found out the hard way about 25 years ago that your run of the mill “IT expert” wasn’t qualified to create the networks that were needed on college campuses. Since then technology has only gotten bigger, faster and harder to secure.
These are just some of the challenges faced with a college or university network
- an ever-changing student body
- students and faculty members with multiple devices
- students and faculty members that bring in devices that disrupt network communication
- ever so curious students that want to be hackers (just for fun of course)
- rapidly changing technology
- streaming services that suck down bandwidth
and the list goes on and on.
To minimize the headaches often found with extremely large networks and optimize both the up time and deployment, Extreme Networks unveiled Extreme Automated Campus last month. Extreme Automated Campus is a cost-effective alternative to outdated traditional networking solutions that delivers plug-and-play simplicity and true business agility, born out of their acquisition of Avaya.
- The enterprise market’s only fully-automated end-to-end campus solution: Extreme is introducing a consistent policy-based, fabric-enabled architecture extending from core to wired/ wireless edge – enabling true dynamic services through a suite of zero-touch policy and networking features.
- Enhanced security through frictionless hyper-segments: Extreme’s Automated Campus leverages hyper-segments – which contain breaches and isolate and protect critical applications, information or users – for heightened security. These hyper-segments can be implemented with greater ease and far greater scale than traditional networking technologies. Centralized, intuitive, role-based policies control user and device access to hyper-segments.
- 360-degree visibility: Extreme’s Automated Campus solution is unique in its ability to provide a true 360-degree view of the network (wired and wireless), users, devices and applications – with context and scale – through integrated management, analytics and policy. IT managers can create centralized policies for as many as 200,000 users and devices and gain actionable insights with customizable signature sets for more than 7,000 applications. Additionally, through open APIs, Extreme Management Center integrates with third party solution providers so that customers can orchestrate workflows based on third party alerts, providing a holistic and programmable solution.
- First-person resolution: Underlying the end-to-end solution is Extreme’s top-ranked 100% in-sourced support and services, according to Gartner’s Peer Insights, with a first-person resolution rate of over 90 percent.
Extreme Automated Campus may not be the right solution for your college campus. Whatever the network needs are, Extreme Networks has the experience to help make your campus’s network more reliable and safe.
This year at EDUCAUSE in Philadelphia, Extreme Networks will hold informative sessions and live demonstrations in their booth, 2313.
They will also be showing off:
- New campus Wi-Fi solutions for higher education, including a combined AP/surveillance camera
- Network management and access control for BYOD, wearables, and IOT devices and network workflow automation
- Network application analytics and how they improve education
- Cloud-based network management
And if you register now and take a VIP tour you can get a $15 Amazon Gift Card (which you can use at your local Whole Foods now).
Visit with Extreme Networks at EDUCAUSE in Philadelphia October 31- November 3rd and find them online at extremenetworks.com