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NETprotocol celebrates recent award of Premier Partner status by StorageCraft

As NETprotocol celebrates its 20th year of operation, the IT consultancy and solutions provider is delighted to announce it has been awarded Premier Partner status by leading data management vendor, StorageCraft.

Having seen continuous growth and rise in demand from clients for efficient data storage, backup and recovery solutions, NETprotocol’s relationship with StorageCraft has progressed from strength to strength in recent years.

NETprotocol provides IT Consultancy, Managed Services and Support to organisations which are heavily reliant on both storing and accessing customer and student data quickly and reliably. With a customer base that primarily focuses on the Legal and Education sectors, their partnership with StorageCraft has enabled them to build a best-in-class business continuity proposition, which meets the stringent and highly regulated needs of these data-rich industries.

Encompassing a complete data management solution, NETprotocol combines unrivalled industry knowledge with StorageCraft’s award-winning backup, disaster recovery and near-infinite scale-out storage technologies, offering an unrivalled proposition to clients across the UK.

“As part of their Partner Success Program, StorageCraft shares the latest industry knowledge with partners including technical training programmes, dedicated marketing resource and provides flexible billing options to suit individual client needs,” comments Matt Widdowson, Commercial Director at NETprotocol.

“They have the ability to offer a comprehensive range of enterprise-class data protection, recovery and storage technologies with complete ease, helping us remain focused on meeting client expectations and keeping their data both safe and accessible at all times,” Matt summarises.

StorageCraft has built a modular and flexible approach to working with partners in order that they can together differentiate what they offer and create tailored business continuity solutions for clients of all sizes.

For law firms and education providers in particular, keeping their critical information safe, accessible and optimised – whilst eliminating downtime – are essential tasks for IT management and serviced providers. NETprotocol work closely with StorageCraft to effectively manage and simplify the constant challenge of data growth and accessibility for these customers.

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COVID Impact: Is It Time To Rebalance Your Tech Investments?

Top 3 Business Impacts & Recommendations For CIOs: Lessons Learned From COVID-19

The impacts of COVID-19 – which businesses have experienced large and small – serve as a wake-up call for those that are unprepared for the long-term implications of this or a similar pandemic, and what is now being referred to as the #newnormal.

As a result of the impacts of COVID-19, enterprises globally are facing the difficulties of supply chain disruption and employee immobilisation. Since COVID-19 is contagious, businesses are also evaluating the prospect of cancelling in-person meetings, conferences and events. Consumer demand has been impacted differently across industries. Some enterprises have experienced dramatic negative impacts, such as travel and public transportation, while others are experiencing major demand spikes – like pharmaceuticals and medical equipment.

Most businesses are focused on dealing with the short-term impacts of coronavirus, but it’s critical to recognise the long-term impacts, too. Because traditional channels of operation and communication have been disrupted, the value of digital channels has never been more evident. Thus, CIOs can present a better business case as digitalisation serves as a wake-up call for businesses that are potentially overly focused on daily operational needs rather than digital investments and long-term flexibility. To better prepare for future growth, it’s advisable for organizations to rebalance business priorities and technology investments now.

“COVID-19 has disrupted operations and will have prolonged impacts on continuity of operations, modes of working and growth patterns. CIOs need to respond to the crisis with both short- and long-term actions to increase resilience against future disruptions, and prepare for rebound and growth.” – Gartner, Inc. in Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak: Short- and Long-Term Actions for CIOs

Top 3 COVID-19 Impacts CIOs Should Be Aware of and Be Responding To Today

1. Organisations are struggling with business continuity while many employees are stranded in various locations without immediate plans for returning.

Quarantine measures and travel restrictions are abounding globally, leading to significant uncertainty as to when employees may return to their respective work locations. Employees who have managed to return to home base are typically asked to self-quarantine for seven to 14 days. To compound matters, travel restrictions seem indefinite, making it hard to predict when business operations can resume rather than running on limited capacity or remaining suspended entirely. As a result of the geographic disparity of employees and general uncertainty, the demand for cloud based technology and collaboration tools has surged as businesses have worked tediously to enable remote workforces.

There are many hard-hitting lessons garnered from the COVID-19 crisis that may very well be valuable for long-term business flexibility and sustainability. Remote work is sure to become more mainstream post COVID-19; thus, businesses should be preparing for the change. CIOs will do well to develop a robust digital workplace strategy to improve overall efficiency, ensure business continuity and enable employees to work remotely successfully.

2. Changes in market demands are drastic, leading to major stress for businesses

Fluctuating market demands are impacting businesses in a dichotomous fashion: first, many industries are facing considerable declines in demand. Financial challenges are a serious problem as cash flows deplete. Conversely, some industries are experiencing major demand spikes: online grocery, medical equipment and supplies, education, etc. However, many of these organisations simply weren’t prepared with the proper employees or facilities to cope, resulting in frustrated, disengaged customers.

Businesses will need to enable self-service options and diversify their investments in digital tools to respond more effectively to changing demand through digital channels. Making these investments will allow organisations to be more strategic and resilient in the long term.

3. Unclear or limited information is leading to misinformed business decisions, which is increasing employee anxiety and resulting in unpreparedness for future rebound and growth plans
Information on COVID-19 is pouring in from a myriad of sources and government entities. Due to the mix of information, it’s an uncertain environment in which to makes decisions as to when employees can return to the office. Many employees are feeling anxious because corporate communications don’t always address key concerns. Businesses should utilise data to support their go-forward decision making and communicate progress and changes to employees. It’s also a good time to test the quality of data and analytics capabilities designed to influence business decisions.

The above is an overview of the primary business impacts CIOs should be aware of and responding to during this time. In the FULL GARTNER REPORT, you’ll gain a more comprehensive overview that includes short and long-term recommendations for CIOs.

#HashTag LegalIT Newsletter – from Summer 2020

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Law Firm Eliminates Downtime & Security Risk

LEGAL FIRM Automates 3-way Failover to Eliminate Risk of Downtime and Potential Loss of Network Security

ABOUT BEAUMONT LEGAL

Beaumont Legal is a well-established provider of legal services specialising in multiple practice areas including Conveyancing, Wills & Probate, Commercial Law and Litigation. As one of the UK’s leading conveyancing law firms, they have built a strong reputation over many years and pride themselves on client care and efficiency.

Tony Makings is Head of IT Support at the firm and is responsible for maintaining their IT infrastructure and servers, whilst ensuring business continuity at all times. He contacted NETprotocol with various concerns which needed resolving including; having no visibility of current firewall rules; experiencing long waits for any firewall reconfiguration work; and there being no failover capability in the event of any loss or interruption of internet connectivity.

“The solution that NETprotocol has implemented has exceeded what we thought was possible; to have three-way failover provides us with absolute peace of mind. I am really impressed by the knowledge and professionalism of the team at NETprotocol – from sales through to implementation. Matt and the technical team were readily available when I had any questions and their engineers worked through the weekend to ensure everything was up and running correctly.”

TONY MAKINGS, HEAD OF IT SUPPORT, www.beaumontlegal.co.uk

BEAUMONT LEGAL’S CHALLENGE

Due to their main specialism being conveyancing, any downtime as a result of internet outage can have a major impact on staff productivity, client experience and other conveyancers in the chain (and their clients). On reviewing the firewall deployment at both of Beaumont’s offices, NETprotocol found that there was a direct interoffice link between the two sites and each office had an established connection to the internet. Existing firewall technology did not however use the interoffice link as a failover for internet access, which would normally take effect if one office lost its connectivity.

THEIR NEEDS

In the event of an office losing its internet connection or firewall security, Beaumont Legal needed to ensure this would automatically failover to use the other office’s connection and/or firewall – upholding complete security and business continuity in the event of an unexpected outage. Whilst achieving this, Tony Makings also highlighted that they needed to gain ongoing visibility of the rules setup on their firewall, allowing him to manage these effectively and ensure the security of their systems and client data could be maintained at all times.

THE SOLUTION

After a number of meetings to discuss the best solution for Beaumont Legal, we agreed a plan which would fit with their existing infrastructure. As their previous technology was not working as intended, NETprotocol proposed Forcepoint’s next-generation SD-WAN Firewall solution, in order to facilitate complete security and business continuity.

This was firstly achieved by connecting both sites via the interoffice link – where if either the internet connection or the firewall set up should fail for one office, it would gain immediate access to the other site’s internet or firewall set up. This is an automatic process and no administrator intervention is required.

Secondly, NETprotocol then used the interoffice link to pass both local and internet traffic between the 2 offices, so again – failover could take place if an internet connection was lost at either of the sites. Traffic remains secure from both sites as this has been kept separate using VLAN technology. Finally, the third stage of the deployment was to optimise security and ensure this would not be compromised should an outage arise. To achieve this, NETprotocol configured the switches so, should the system lose an entire next-generation firewall cluster from one office, it will divert any traffic down the interoffice link to the other firewall, which once checked, would be delivered to its original destination.

On completion of this work, Beaumont Legal had 2 offices, each with a 2-node firewall cluster. They can now therefore safely lose an internet connection, or even an entire firewall cluster at either office, and still function.

KEY BENEFITS & OUTCOMES

With Forcepoint’s next-gen SD WAN multilink technology, this entire failover process now happens automatically to minimise the possibility of any downtime and will revert back when the connection is reinstated. Furthermore, VPN connections to both offices are available across both internet connections thanks to the Next Gen SD-WAN technology. This again means that if one internet connection was to fail, both offices would automatically be available for VPN connectivity, with no action needed from the end user.

When working in the legal sector, you can’t put a value on guaranteed security and compliance which is what Beaumont Legal have now achieved. Tony also highlights the time-saving benefits of the technologies installed by NETprotocol, removing the need for long delays should any reconfiguration be required.

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New Release: Forcepoint NGFW 120W

New All-in-One NGFW 120W for Stores and Branch Offices

– Full Forcepoint NGFW with SD-WAN

– VPN, Switch and Wi-Fi

– Plus new Power over Ethernet (PoE+) for peripherals

The new Forcepoint NGFW 120W (SKU N120W) is now available. This all-in-one network connectivity and security appliance is ideal for stores and branch offices that need the rich capabilities of Forcepoint NGFW in a compact, cost-effective device that can be deployed quickly and easily.

This new release provides full Forcepoint NGFW capabilities – including:

  • SD-WAN, clustering, and anti-virus
  • Plus support for Advanced Malware Detection and URL Filtering add-ons
  • Broad range of networking – built-in switching and Wi-Fi
  • NEW Power over Ethernet (PoE+) – deploy peripherals without power cords

The model N120W replaces the N110 and N115 that went end-of-sale at the end of 2019 and is also recommended for customers who otherwise would be considering the N330 but also want built-in switching.

For more information or to arrange a demo of Forcepoint’s NGFW in action please click below:

16th July 2020 | Categories: Uncategorised

NETprotocol awarded Black Diamond Partner Status

NETprotocol is delighted to have received confirmation from technology partner, Extreme Networks that it is one of an exclusive group of partners who has successfully completed all program requirements of the Black Diamond Program – making them a Black Diamond specialist.

This recognition marks in particular the high level of investment and time that NETprotocol has dedicated to obtaining advanced skills and expertise across multiple Extreme technologies and solutions. To achieve this status, a partner must have achieved three Extreme master specialisations.

Having become a Black Diamond partner, this symbolises the strength of our ongoing relationship, and the commitment and confidence that NETprotocol and Extreme Networks place in each other to ensure each client recieves the ground-breaking networking expertise and solutions they require.

As a Black Diamond partner, NETprotocol will now receive premium benefits which will in turn provide a better service to it’s customers and open up opportunities for clients to access the full range of products at highly competitive rates.

“Through our successful partnership with Extreme Networks we are committed to supporting our clients’ future demands effectively – including enabling automation and control to improve their business processes. We have worked hard to achieve the Black Diamond status and the NETprotocol team is very proud of its achievements. Our partnership with Extreme Networks continues to grow from strength to strength allowing us to add further value to our clients whilst continuously enhancing our capabilities,” comments Matt Widdowson, Group Sales Director at NETprotocol.

For more information on Extreme’s networking technology and how NETprotocol can support your future needs, please click below:

NETprotocol Appoints Non-Executive Director

On our 20th year of operation, we are proud to confirm NETprotocol, has appointed its first non-executive director, Margaret Duke.

Margaret joins the board to assist with the direction and growth strategy of NETprotocol following continued expansion since it was founded 20 years ago in 2000. Bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from the Information & Technology sector, her previous roles include HR director at Avnet, chief operating officer at Bell Micro and finance director at OpenPSL.

“Having held a range of senior management positions with several large UK IT suppliers, Margaret has an excellent reputation in the industry,” explains Paul Walker, managing director and co-founder of NETprotocol.

“We are really excited that Margaret is here to guide us through our next stage of growth, and she will play an important role in what is to come,” Paul affirms.

Margaret first came across NETprotocol 20 years ago as finance director at Open Computing.

“They were a start-up company offering networking and security solutions to the legal sector,” Margaret recalls. “I was really impressed back then by their expertise and also their passion for giving good customer service – something which has evidently never changed.”

Historically, Margaret’s background stems from an accountancy discipline, bringing with her a unique understanding of what is required to successfully grow a business. Whilst she has worked in the IT sector since the early 1990s, her strong financial background will pay dividends in both educating and challenging the board with future decisions at NETprotocol.

“Having always specialised in highly regulated industries such as legal and education, who are required to meet strict compliance and cyber-security standards – NETprotocol has achieved some outstanding results both for itself but also its customers,” Margaret highlights.

Optimising efficiency and ROI remain top challenges for law firms and education providers in particular, and through implementing a concerted growth strategy over the next five years, NETprotocol’s on-going focus is to help more clients – both large and small – achieve just this through their technology infrastructure.

As a cultural trend shifts towards increased flexible and mobile working, this has serious implications on security and data confidentiality for these sectors. NETprotocol has created a technology proposition which will support these complex needs into the future.

“I have watched the business go from strength to strength since we first met and am delighted to be part of such an energetic and passionate team,” Margaret explains. “NETprotocol combine a great sense of humour with hard work and innovation. They are well-loved by their clients and the value they place on their employees has to be a big part of their continued success, providing a fully flexible working environment for staff at all levels.”

“NETprotocol has huge potential for growth and I will be supporting the team by ensuring that their growth is managed and is in line with the success they have consistently demonstrated over the last 20 years.”

The management team at NETprotocol has been searching for the right person to join their team on a strategic level for some time, requiring an added dimension during discussions surrounding strategic planning, at this vital stage of their growth.

Technical director and co-founder at NETprotocol, Mike Batters concludes, “We see Margaret as a critical friend who will offer trustworthy guidance and support where needed. Her contribution will be invaluable to our continued success and we would like to officially welcome her to the team.”

8th July 2020 | Categories: Uncategorised

EDU: Leading Multi-Academy Trust Adopts Digital Learning

About the Red Kite Learning Trust

The Red Kite Learning Trust was formed in 2016 and comprises of 13 schools, 3 secondary schools, 9 primary schools and 1 through-school. Serving over 8,000 students and 1,300 staff, David Burns is Head of IT for the Trust and takes overall responsibility for IT across all sites including the server estate, desktops, infrastructure and networking.

David’s main objective in his role is to provide the Trust with a stable platform to improve the learning and achievement of all the students, creating a world-class educational environment.

The largest school within the Red Kite Learning Trust is Harrogate Grammar School, an outstanding non-selective school which educates around 2,000 pupils. Since 2012, Harrogate Grammar School has been a 1:1 learning environment, meaning each student has an iPad which they use as a core learning tool, both within and outside of the classroom. Technology is used to enhance the teaching and learning experience and iPads are used for many key systems across the school including communications and the student planner.

David’s colleague, Iain Hails, plays an instrumental role in this project as the Network Services Manager at Harrogate Grammar School. He is responsible for overseeing all matters relating to IT systems and networks on this site, as well as supporting two of the Trust’s primary schools.

“NETprotocol’s involvement has been invaluable to the successful set up and deployment of Extreme’s CloudIQ Wireless solution. Their engineer’s expertise and technical knowledge is first-class and their on-going engagement between ourselves and Extreme was seamless. I can’t praise them enough and wouldn’t have any hesitation in recommending them to other academies and schools.”

David Burns, Head of IT, www.rklt.co.uk

The Challenge

As their dependency on using technology to teach students effectively continuously grows, it is essential that the IT department can support future changes and improvements quickly and cost effectively.

Due to their approach involving 1:1 learning devices, network stability has been a critical requirement since its inception and has brought ongoing challenges over this time. Constant and reliable access to wireless are absolutely critical if students are to achieve the results they deserve.

Due to these high density needs, Harrogate Grammar School’s previous networking solution brought constant helpdesk requests relating to frustrations with accessing resources within the classroom. This was causing students to lose valuable lesson time, where it could take them 10 minutes to reach the network at times.

The demands and complexities of serving more than 2,500 mission critical wireless clients which are simultaneously moving around one site, needed to be reassessed. To complicate the situation further, the physical environment at the city centre location was particularly challenging for radio frequency, due to the range of materials used during its construction over the course of almost 100 years.

Having worked together previously, David and Iain decided to contact Educational Networking specialists at NETprotocol to discuss possible remedies. Their goal was to ensure that staff, student and guest mobility in excess of 2,500 devices could operate efficiently throughout all areas of the campus without any disruption to student learning, and that network connectivity would be seamless and instant at all times.

David rationalised their needs;

“Ultimately, we wanted to achieve a wired-like experience in a densely populated wireless environment. That is to say, students and staff needed to be able to access all given resources within 30 seconds of entering a classroom, anywhere on the site and at any time. Due to the challenges of this environment, we knew that if this could be achieved at Harrogate Grammar School’s site, it could be achieved anywhere.”

The Solution

Gaining a strong understanding of both student and staff requirements was essential before NETprotocol could begin the process for solution design, including what a typical day of learning involved. This allowed their technical team to decipher the detailed requirements of the network in order to meet client expectations.

“We began with a better understanding of the needs of the school from the perspective of the staff and students. How did the iPads operate? What applications where critical? How did they move around the site? And so on. We also performed a detailed survey which is a critical part of any successful wireless deployment,” explained Paul Rylett, Wireless Lead at NETprotocol.

“The building is around one hundred years old in places, but modern glass fronted in others – it has every type of wall material you can imagine that will affect the wireless propagation. We also faced environmental challenges, the school is surrounded on all sides by a densely populated residential area – as well as the largest radar station in Europe (RAF Menwith Hill) based just along the road. Having gathered all the information, this allowed us to model the environment with a CloudIQ wireless deployment from Extreme and design a solution we knew would provide a seamless learning environment for the large volume of students,” Paul confirmed.

Other key considerations during the initial phases of solution design were how to accommodate the needs of individual year groups, from Year 7 to Year 13 students, as well as those of staff at all levels, BYOD, guest on-boarding and internal mobile devices.

Where possible, an access point (Extreme 305c) was placed in the centre of each classroom to effectively support the high number and density of devices (30+ per classroom throughout the entire school). The power of these access points was configured to create a coverage cell for the room itself, in order to minimise cross-channel interference with other rooms where possible.

Extreme’s CloudIQ has resolved Harrogate Grammar School’s on-going networking issues which previously was not deemed possible. Having set up a Proof of Concept (PoC) at short notice, one school block was fully tested using the new technology before rolling it out site-wide.

As a result, NETprotocol’s engineers were able to see how intuitive the solution was and what level of maintenance reduction it would bring – “which within an educational environment where budgets must be justified, is incredibly invaluable,” Iain added.

The Outcome & Technology ROI

“NETprotocol and Extreme Networks were nothing less than ‘instrumental’ in ensuring the successful deployment of our CloudIQ Wireless solution. From planning and solution design to arranging a PoC, testing the technology, reconstructing the VLAN/Scope setup, mounting and configuring the APs, and providing a seamless aftercare service – these gentlemen went above and beyond their call of duty,” Iain affirmed.

Due to the success of this flagship deployment, the plan for the Red Kite Learning Trust is to use this project as a blueprint for rolling out Extreme’s CloudIQ Wireless solution to a further three sites in the coming months, and to the remaining 9 schools over the next two years. This will not only allow all schools within the Trust to adopt advanced learning techniques without limitation, but will also offer economies of scale, maximise productivity of staff time and increase technology ROI.

“I would measure the success of this investment on both feedback and levels of continued disruption due to poor wifi connectivity. Staff have congratulated me personally in the corridor marking the improvements they have seen as end users. Lessons are now delivered uninterrupted and without falter. Support requests have reduced to none saving valuable IT time and resource.”

What more could we wish for? We would not hesitate for a second to use the support of NETprotocol again,” Iain concludes.

Watch How It Works…

To watch how Extreme’s technology allows you to cost effectively integrate digital learning into both onsite and remote classroom learning, please click below:

30th June 2020 | Categories: Uncategorised

Personalised Learning in Education – Top Challenges

From the days of paper based learning, excercise books and chalkboards, teaching styles in the 21st century have evolved to include personal devices, digital content, 1:1 computing, classroom smartboards and much more. Recent months have certainly put most secondary schools to the test and we have all started to recognise the benefits of these new resources and tools which are enabling students to thrive.

Checklist – The Challenges of Digital Learning in Schools

Whilst new teaching methods are becoming more reliant on 1 to 1 computing and streaming digital content both in the classroom and from home, schools are seeing benefits such as reduced costs, increased productivity and better results. There are however some IT headaches relating to reliability and security due to the increased pressure on your network to perform consistently. This blog aims to address the ways in which schools can take advantage of emerging educational technology to meet the new teaching requirements, whilst also upholding strict budgetary contraints.

1. Delivering High-Speed Digital Content

The benefits of e-Textbooks and video are obvious – offering high quality learning content at lower cost than traditional textbooks, but requiring high speed, ubiquitous Wi-Fi to connect every mobile device to access them. Edge switches provide backhaul from Wi-Fi access points and connect wired devices to the network. High availability or fault tolerance are important to ensure uninterrupted teaching. To operate smoothly, there can be no bottlenecks from the Wi-Fi access points, back through the wired switches, and all the way to the broadband Internet connection and the data centre.

2. Protecting Student Safety and Privacy

In the era of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and 1:1 computing, mobile student devices have an important role in personalised learning including the delivery of digital content, accessing eTextbooks and creating interactive learning environments which can be accessed anytime anywhere. The network must selectively connect authorised devices and block unauthorised ones. This requires comprehensive policy enforcement based on device type, user, location, time of day, and many more attributes. Network integration with web filters and firewalls is also important. Your network must be capable of controlling all devices and network activity.

3. Monitoring Network Activities and Guest Access

A constant risk to your network, IT resources, and the school campus in general are unapproved applications and rogue devices that may appear on the network and either permit unauthorised access or interfere with other devices. A means to monitor all devices and applications that operate across the network is vital. In addition to easy onboarding of school-owned devices, a simple method for onboarding guest devices and instilling them with the appropriate access to internet resources must be provided.

4. Application Insight

Visibility into application usage, website access, bandwidth consumption, and patterns of activity are important for optimising the user experience and verifying that digital educational content is adequately delivered. This is also vital for short and long term planning.

5. Comprehensive Service and Support

Access to bespoke technical expertise which is tailored to your school’s needs ensures that your network operates efficiently at all times. Prior to installation, it is important to survey and assess the RF characteristics of the site to determine optimal placement of access points and switches. Depending on the network support resources, network training and managed services may be required.

Recommended Network Elements for Personalised Learning

The need to provide consistent and reliable bandwidth where and when it is needed is essential if your school is to offer a more personalised learning approach to pupils. The recommended solution described below will provide your school with Wi-Fi connectivity including an efficient means to onboard and manage both school-owned and guest devices.

Extreme wireless access points and wired switches are easily managed with Extreme Management Center. Access to student and teacher devices, whether they are 1:1 or BYOD, is controlled with ExtremeControl and monitored with ExtremeAnalytics. Connectivity can be assured throughout your site(s), whilst the network policy manages a range of parameters that determine device access rights, based on user, device type, location, time of day, and 40+ other attributes.

Extreme’s network solutions are designed around the human element (Hu), addressing the needs of the IT and network management staff, the teaching and support staff, and students and school visitors.

Pervasive Wi-Fi Connectivity and Bandwidth are provided by ExtremeWireless Access Points and Controllers (Wi), which deliver highly-scalable, highly-available, seamless and secure, easily-managed Wi-Fi connectivity. Device onboarding, network access control, monitoring of the network and all devices, and secure guest access is provided by Extreme Management Center (Ma) and ExtremeControl (Co). These elements provide a single pane of glass management system for wired/wireless visibility and control from the data center to the mobile edge. Firewalls, web filtering, and MDM applications (Ap) can be integrated with ExtremeControl for complete network policy management.

ExtremeSwitching (Ex) and Extended Edge Switching provide high performance wired backhaul, cross-platform stacking, embedded application controls, and PoE+ for IoT devices.

Fabric Connect (Fc) leverages simplicity to create an agile network infrastructure that empowers rapid and seamless service delivery. The ability to monitor bandwidth and usage of devices and applications is enabled with ExtremeAnalytics (An).

Watch How It Works!

Educational technology is enabling secondary schools to reshape how students are taught. New styles of more personalised learning increase the need for a reliable, secure, and easy-to-manage network tenfold.

Luckily, the recipe to make your school a smart school has never been easier thanks to NETprotocol’s managed service incorporating Extreme’s networking technology. With digital transformation and the transition to building a smart classroom, the need for hyper-reliable, easily-managed network infrastructure has never been greater.

To watch how Extreme’s technology allows you to cost effectively integrate digital learning into both onsite and remote classroom learning, please click below:

29th June 2020 | Categories: Cloud, Education, Managed Services, Networking

Why Schools Are Choosing ExtremeCloud IQ Networks?

As digital transformation takes hold in the education sector, schools are facing rising pressures to better engage with students, enhancing their learning experiences and improving results.

New styles of teaching and technologies are allowing students to thrive including the use of personal devices, digital resources and applications, virtual learning environments and online assessements. All of these changes however place increased pressure on your network to perform reliably, whilst meeting security and compliance requirements.

This short video shows how Extreme’s cloud-driven networking solutions simplify the complexity of the smart classroom, while maintaining student safety and security on a resilient network infrastructure from the edge to the campus data centre:

18th June 2020 | Categories: Cloud, Education, Networking

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