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Oyster River Cooperative School District Supports BYOD, Expands Access to Online Educational Resources With Aruba Networks
|By Business Wire
|January 15, 2014 08:02 AM EST
Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN), a leading provider of
next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise,
today announced that the Oyster River Cooperative School District
(ORCSD), a K-12 school district serving the contiguous communities of
Durham, Lee and Madbury in New Hampshire, is deploying a unified wired
and wireless access network based on Aruba’s Mobile
Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture. The new network is enabling
ORCSD to securely support Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and to connect
the district-owned mobile devices already deployed in its classrooms,
expanding student access to online educational materials and resources.
Students at Oyster River Cooperative School District use a mix of personal and school-issued mobile devices in the classroom to access educational resources via the school district's new Aruba Networks infrastructure. (Photo: Business Wire)
Like many school districts, ORCSD has seen a growing number of its
students bringing mobile devices into the classroom. The
forward-thinking district viewed this trend as an opportunity to
supplement district-owned mobile devices and move toward a 1:1
initiative, where every student has access to a mobile device for
connecting with online information and data that reinforce and build
upon classroom teachings.
“Our overall goal is to enhance student learning and enrich classroom
lessons,” said Josh Olstad, IT Director for ORCSD. “Our students are
already bringing multiple devices to school, so it makes sense for us to
allow these devices to access the network and the valuable educational
resources that reside on it. With the new Aruba infrastructure, we can
allow students and teachers to connect securely with their personal or
district-issued devices so they can obtain the information and tools
ORCSD’s prior network could not support the growing number of mobile
devices that the district was encountering in its classrooms, nor was it
able to deliver and manage the same levels of network access for both
BYOD and district-provided devices that ORCSD wanted. After a thorough
evaluation of vendor solutions available, ORCSD selected Aruba for the
new unified access network. The school district then called upon New
Hampshire-based Adaptive Communications to deploy the network, which is
comprised of Aruba
Instant controller-less access points (APs), the AirWave
Network Management System, the ClearPass
Access Management System and Aruba
Mobility Access Switches.
The ease of deployment and simplified management that the Aruba Instant
APs offered ORCSD – critical for K-12 school districts with limited IT
staffs and budgets – were key factors in the district’s decision to
choose Aruba. Aruba’s ClearPass solution, which allows ORCSD to ensure
that each user on the network has the right access privileges based on
who they are and what device they’re using, was another key reason the
district selected Aruba.
“After our review process, it became clear that only Aruba could handle
the wide range of mobile devices on our network including tablets,
notebooks, netbooks and e-readers – and securely on-board these devices
whether they were our own or brought into the schools by students,
teachers or guests,” said Olstad. “With ClearPass, we can easily profile
the devices and then give them the proper access. This saves us a
significant amount of time and effort so we can focus on other important
In addition to the district’s IT department, ORCSD teachers are also
enthusiastic about the improved network access and performance. “With
the new Aruba infrastructure, my students can easily and reliably access
the educational resources that I post, conduct thorough research and
work online with the mobile devices we provide or those they bring from
home,” said Amanda Zeller, a 7th Grade Language Arts teacher
for Oyster River Middle School. “The new network opens up a wide range
of online resources that I can use to enhance my teaching and improve my
students’ educational experience.”
About Aruba Networks, Inc.
Aruba Networks is a leading provider of next-generation network access
solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company’s Mobile Virtual
Enterprise (MOVE) architecture unifies wired and wireless network
infrastructures into one seamless access solution for corporate
headquarters, mobile business professionals, remote workers and guests.
This unified approach to access networks enables IT organizations and
users to securely address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon,
dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational
Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in
Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas,
Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more,
visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com.
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