The education sector is undergoing its most far-reaching transformation in a generation. Inevitably, network infrastructures will be part of that transformation – especially as many networks in this sector feature an unplanned mix of badly ageing legacy systems.
Used to its full potential though, network infrastructure can be a positive driver of change helping educational organisations address current and future challenges.
Challenges such as acute and increasing competition. Academies and universities alike must compete to attract the best students and a resilient, robust network that supports remote access on a range of devices as well as bandwidth-hungry social media and messaging applications is a major competitive advantage.
Delivering networks with these capabilities is naturally made more difficult by one of the sector’s other major challenges: limited funding.
With that in mind, it is likely that the most successful institutions will be those who make full use of consolidation and automation to get full value from their investment when refreshing their networks.
Xchanging’s domain knowledge in the education sector ranges from providing network services to four of the UK’s top ten universities, to provision of a complete Virtual Learning Environment to Malaysia’s 10,000 schools [in partnership with the Ministry of Education].