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Extreme Networks shares tips for boosting education network efficiency

  • 20 July, 2009 10:37

<p>Extreme Networks (Nasdaq: EXTR) has disclosed a number of measures that allow network administrators in education to revitalise their network infrastructure by fine-tuning security policy, energy efficiency and performance. The company details four simple tips to improve network efficiency within K-12 schools and tertiary campus environments.</p>
<p>Optimised network connectivity supports advanced lesson plans that integrate data, voice and video content over a secure, high-performance network. The ability to achieve value with existing network infrastructure saves time and resources while greatly improving the educational experience of students and staff.</p>
<p>1. Review Security and Network Policy:
With the realisation that today’s students and staff are relying more on life-streaming blogging applications such as Twitter and Facebook, carrying iPhones, BlackBerries and traditional laptops that connect to Ethernet networks over 802.11 Wi-Fi, the network is the backbone of these institutions. By implementing the right settings, students’ traffic and behaviour remain in control of the network administrator.
By implementing network policies; tracking and log reporting for devices and users by user name and MAC/IP address; separating sensitive information from the Internet with the use of dynamic policy enforcement and Virtual LANs (VLANs); or taking offline sensitive data. With these steps to establish and enforce network policy, the potential chaos from both managed and unmanaged devices and user activities across the LAN can be kept to a minimum while essential online educational activities thrive.</p>
<p>2. Ramp-Up Quality of Service
Converged networks offer increased levels of traffic, from voice, video and data coming through the network. By leveraging centralised network management and network automation via scripting to replicate one class of settings across all network switches in one stroke, IT administrators can truly increase operational efficiency of deployment and configuration changes.
For example, Extreme Networks offers the “QoSConfig” script, via the Widget Central website, is used for configuring QoS settings across multiple sets of Ethernet switches. Quality of service settings for a port or a set of ports is defined by associating a QoS profile to these ports and tailoring this QoS profile with specific optimisations to deliver an intended level of service. In other words, the level of service that a particular type of traffic or traffic grouping receives is determined by assigning it to an appropriately configured QoS profile.</p>
<p>3. Powering Up and Down for Efficiency
Energy efficiency is a growing theme on school campuses and the network is no different. Find network switches with intelligent settings for powering down select ports where Power over Ethernet is delivered so that connected IP handsets, IP cameras and similar devices power down completely during off hours or during summer break. This can save as much as 66 per cent of power related to the network when used to its potential.</p>
<p>4. Establish Redundancy
Lesson plans are incorporating digital presentation displays, Internet connected white boards among other Web-based applications. This means that network availability is essential. To ensure that classes go on without a hitch, establish redundant network switches and connections, as well as protecting fibre links with failover protocols. High performance Ethernet edge switches should provide dual homed uplinks that allow for connections to a redundant aggregation or core layer. Additionally, network resiliency protocols, such as EAPS (RFC #3619), should be supported to deliver sub 50 millisecond failover should a fibre cable be cut or interrupted. This way, communications and data, as well as class lessons, continue effortlessly.
To learn more about Extreme Networks high performance network solutions for education, visit:</p>
<p>About Extreme Networks, Inc.
Extreme Networks provides converged Ethernet networks that support data, voice and video for enterprises and service providers. The company’s network solutions feature high performance and high availability switching that deliver insight and control enabling customers to solve their real-world business communications challenges. Operating in more than 50 countries, Extreme Networks provides wired and wireless secure LANs, data center infrastructure and Service Provider Ethernet transport solutions that are complemented by global, 24x7 service and support. For more information, visit:</p>
Extreme Networks, ExtremeXOS, BlackDiamond and Summit are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Extreme Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries.</p>
<p>For more information</p>
<p>Simon Barnard
Regional Director, Australia and New Zealand
Extreme Networks
Phone: +61-3-8610 6584
Mobile: +61-408 340 633

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