Success in higher education requires sustainability in a variety of areas: improving student outcomes, educational excellence to attract and retain the best faculty and strategic planning for the future. To achieve and maintain acceptable marks in these areas an institution must become proficient in what HP calls the 'Business of Education'.
We have found that many institutions are still running on a combination of legacy and new applications that are hosted on disparate proprietary networks which often cause: interoperability, visibility and security challenges. Network chaos like this makes it challenging to support contemporary learning environments such as media-rich interactive courses, distance learning, as well as essential services such as on-line administrative services and emergency notification systems.
The HP Business of Education is a cost conscience strategy that enables an institution to balance the need to offer a mobile, 24x7x365 accessible network that supports real-time, collaborative learning and back office applications, while providing all the online tools that students and faculty expect. Below are three steps of the strategy that HP has assisted Higher Education institutions in accomplishing:
The HP Business of Education and FlexNetwork architecture enables you to design and build best-in-class networks that align with your education initiatives and budget. The HP FlexNetwork architecture allows institutions to segment their networks into modular building blocks. FlexCampus converges wired and wireless networks to deliver media-enhanced, secure identity based access. FlexBranch converges network functionality and services, delivering an enhanced network learning experience for distance learning and satellite campuses.
Today's higher education network requirements are more complex than ever. Tech-savvy users demand the fastest and latest technologies, while new attacks continue to threaten networks. Higher-education institutions must balance these needs with limited budgets. HP networking products help institutions achieve these goals with an extensive portfolio of interoperable, standards-based solutions that deliver state-of-the-art communication and secure information sharing. Our robust, reliable and scalable solutions provide unmatched value, lower total cost of ownership and reduce administrative burdens to enable staff to focus on strategic initiatives.
The HP Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) technology enables flatter network designs and easier-to-manage infrastructure. Higher education institutions can create a virtual switching fabric that delivers geographic independence, distributed high availability, resiliency, and millisecond reconvergence across Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocols. With IRF-based solutions, IT teams can pool switching resources to create a lower cost, stable, fault-tolerant environment that is simpler to provision and maintain.
With HP networking solutions as a cornerstone, the HP Converged Infrastructure delivers an architectural blueprint that integrates servers, storage, and networking, eliminating technology silos and freeing up resources to focus more on business innovation.
The modern application- and service-ready HP FlexFabric networking architecture - a key element of the HP Converged Infrastructure that connects data center server and storage resources - can quickly adapt to changing business requirements, dynamically scaling capacity and provisioning connections to meet application demands “on the fly.”
Today’s faculty and administrators have more technological tools at their disposal than ever to help techâ€‘savvy students - Providing faculty and students with Wi-Fi services is no longer an option but a necessity to survive in an increasingly competitive market. A bad Wi-Fi experience can adversely impact the effectiveness of the student and the educator.The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) phenomenon is having a major impact on educational institutions and as a result you need to take a hard look at the following questions:
Provide students and faculty with the optimum ease of network connectivity, the innovative MSM317 access device is a "multi functional" managed communication solution that provides:
Simplify IT security and network device administration with core to edge wired/wireless user and device management by providing:
HP flexible architecture can easily be upgraded, there are no "rip and replace" requirements as all of the offerings are industry standards based.