|By Marketwired .||
|July 16, 2014 05:00 AM EDT||
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 07/16/14 -- Xirrus®, the leader in high-performance wireless networks, today announced that Windmill Primary School is the first UK school to deploy an 802.11ac Xirrus wireless network, using XR-620 Access Points (APs) to deliver school-wide Wi-Fi connectivity for its staff and pupils.
Windmill Primary's previous wireless network didn't provide full coverage across every building; the school needed a solution that could cope with increasing numbers of concurrent users across the entire site. Xirrus helped Windmill Primary advance its network by delivering high-density, consistent wireless coverage for a digitally future-proofed environment.
Mark Gibbons, head teacher at Windmill Primary, said: "The strength of the Xirrus network supports Windmill Primary's digital learning initiative of one device per pupil. We needed Xirrus's easy-to-manage, high performance Wi-Fi to support laptop use for all students and tablets for all staff, such as iPads and Lenovo Yogas. Additionally, classrooms are equipped with Sahara LED screens; coupled with WePresent, teachers can wirelessly control what's shown on the students' screens from their own device. This process keeps interaction at the centre of education without losing classroom authority.
"This multi-display approach to teaching encourages better pace and engagement during classes," added Gibbons. "It makes everyone's lives easier, plus children with different needs can access learning much more easily, so we're pleased to be able to support all students with disparate requirements."
Windmill Primary needed a solution that not only provided flawless performance in a classic architectural environment, but could be installed in adherence with strict construction guidelines. Xirrus partner IT TechLab worked in partnership with the ICT Managed service from Telford and Wrekin, to support the school with its digital learning initiative, specifically taking into account the physical building requirements.
Lawrence Whiting, IT systems manager at IT TechLab, said: "The success of this initiative came down to the unique design of Xirrus' technology and its support for the 802.11ac wireless standard. Xirrus outperforms competitive solutions by providing dual 11ac radios per AP, while network management is made easier with the Xirrus Management System (XMS)."
Rather than using specific applications or software at Windmill Primary, the pupils use their laptops for online services, video streaming and learning activities via YouTube and Espresso. Xirrus Application Control is vital to optimising performance of these services.
In terms of the immediate benefits, having high-performance Wi-Fi in place enables the school to make full use of video in teaching. The use of Xirrus APs makes for a viable, future proof solution due to software programmability -- providing the flexibility to operate Wi-Fi radios in either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz bands depending on the current client mix.
The school is committed to purchasing 360 802.11ac compatible laptops for every student next academic year.
"Video and desktop streaming is very important to the school now; it's a core part of imminent technology plans," emphasises Gibbons. "The Xirrus network has driven these plans forward and we're now able to consider a variety of new processes, outside of the typical confines of the classroom, that hadn't previously been possible.
"Straight away we've been able to see improvements in kids' learning; the Internet speed and performance all around the school are much better, which has reduced frustration for teachers and students trying to work, stream and communicate at once. With the Xirrus network we're now looking to roll-out a tablet scheme for all students in the next 12 months to deliver 100% IT mobility."
Shane Buckley, CEO of Xirrus, said: "We have the technology to translate usual education processes into captivating classroom experiences, which both engage students and give staff the flexibility and ease to manage classes in efficient and effective ways. Our industry-first all-802.11ac network solution is designed to support institutions that are pushing the boundaries of learning and challenging traditional infrastructures that aren't delivering best results."
About Xirrus, Inc.
Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks. Xirrus solutions perform under the most demanding circumstances, offering consistent "wired-like" performance with superior coverage and security. The Xirrus suite of WI-FI optimised solutions -- Arrays, access points, cloud services, and wired switches -- provide seamless connectivity and unified management across the network. Xirrus provides a vital strategic business and IT infrastructure advantage to industries that depend on wireless to operate business-critical applications. With tens of thousands of customer solutions deployed globally, Xirrus maintains operations and partnerships across the globe. Xirrus is a privately held company and is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA. For more information please visit: www.xirrus.com and follow us on Twitter: @Xirrus.
Xirrus and XMS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Xirrus. Other trade names used in this document are or may be the property of their respective owners.
About Windmill Primary School
Windmill Primary School is a primary school located in Telford that caters for 360 children in the main school between the ages of 4-11 years with a Nursery for 60 children.
When it comes to cloud computing, the ability to turn massive amounts of compute cores on and off on demand sounds attractive to IT staff, who need to manage peaks and valleys in user activity. With cloud bursting, the majority of the data can stay on premises while tapping into compute from public cloud providers, reducing risk and minimizing need to move large files. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Jeschonek, Director of Product Management at Avere Systems, discussed the IT and busin...
Jul. 26, 2016 06:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,787
There will be new vendors providing applications, middleware, and connected devices to support the thriving IoT ecosystem. This essentially means that electronic device manufacturers will also be in the software business. Many will be new to building embedded software or robust software. This creates an increased importance on software quality, particularly within the Industrial Internet of Things where business-critical applications are becoming dependent on products controlled by software. Qua...
Jul. 26, 2016 06:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,407
As organizations shift towards IT-as-a-service models, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and now cloud environments grows with it. Commvault can ensure protection, access and E-Discovery of your data – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud, or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enterprise. In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Randy De Meno, Chief Technologist - Windows Products and Microsoft Part...
Jul. 26, 2016 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,875
SYS-CON Events has announced today that Roger Strukhoff has been named conference chair of Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo 2016 Silicon Valley. The 19th Cloud Expo and 6th @ThingsExpo will take place on November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. "The Internet of Things brings trillions of dollars of opportunity to developers and enterprise IT, no matter how you measure it," stated Roger Strukhoff. "More importantly, it leverages the power of devices and the Interne...
Jul. 26, 2016 05:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,060
Large scale deployments present unique planning challenges, system commissioning hurdles between IT and OT and demand careful system hand-off orchestration. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Smith, Senior Director and a founding member of Incenergy, will discuss some of the key tactics to ensure delivery success based on his experience of the last two years deploying Industrial IoT systems across four continents.
Jul. 26, 2016 05:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,525
Most organizations prioritize data security only after their data has already been compromised. Proactive prevention is important, but how can you accomplish that on a small budget? Learn how the cloud, combined with a defense and in-depth approach, creates efficiencies by transferring and assigning risk. Security requires a multi-defense approach, and an in-house team may only be able to cherry pick from the essential components. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Vlad Friedman, CEO/Founder o...
Jul. 26, 2016 04:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,892
"We host and fully manage cloud data services, whether we store, the data, move the data, or run analytics on the data," stated Kamal Shannak, Senior Development Manager, Cloud Data Services, IBM, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 26, 2016 04:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,233
CenturyLink has announced that application server solutions from GENBAND are now available as part of CenturyLink’s Networx contracts. The General Services Administration (GSA)’s Networx program includes the largest telecommunications contract vehicles ever awarded by the federal government. CenturyLink recently secured an extension through spring 2020 of its offerings available to federal government agencies via GSA’s Networx Universal and Enterprise contracts. GENBAND’s EXPERiUS™ Application...
Jul. 26, 2016 03:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,830
With the proliferation of both SQL and NoSQL databases, organizations can now target specific fit-for-purpose database tools for their different application needs regarding scalability, ease of use, ACID support, etc. Platform as a Service offerings make this even easier now, enabling developers to roll out their own database infrastructure in minutes with minimal management overhead. However, this same amount of flexibility also comes with the challenges of picking the right tool, on the right ...
Jul. 26, 2016 03:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,068
"We view the cloud not really as a specific technology but as a way of doing business and that way of doing business is transforming the way software, infrastructure and services are being delivered to business," explained Matthew Rosen, CEO and Director at Fusion, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 26, 2016 02:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,539
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develo...
Jul. 26, 2016 02:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,335
DevOps at Cloud Expo – being held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises – and delivering real results. Am...
Jul. 26, 2016 01:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,196
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MangoApps provides modern company intranets and team collaboration software, allowing workers to stay connected and productive from anywhere in the world and from any device.
Jul. 26, 2016 01:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,313
“We're a global managed hosting provider. Our core customer set is a U.S.-based customer that is looking to go global,” explained Adam Rogers, Managing Director at ANEXIA, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 26, 2016 01:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,692
"This week we're really focusing on scalability, asset preservation and how do you back up to the cloud and in the cloud with object storage, which is really a new way of attacking dealing with your file, your blocked data, where you put it and how you access it," stated Jeff Greenwald, Senior Director of Market Development at HGST, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 26, 2016 01:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,479