Over the past several years, the education sector has become incredibly competitive. Whether primary, secondary or post-secondary, public or private, educational institutions are vigorously contending with each other to optimize enrollment. Demand is measured through quality of attendance and students’ conception of satisfactory high tech learning environments, and those benchmarks get more stringent with every semester. Whereas value has always been placed on the quality of lessons, the overall educational experience is now just as important when it comes to selecting an institution.
Gartner estimates a record $3.76B in Education Tech investment was made in the first three quarters of 2015 alone. The educational sector does not account for a very large portion of overall global IT spend, but its share is growing rapidly. Schools are aggressively investing in collaborative technologies to facilitate group learning amongst students and innovative methods to learn from educators. A larger portion of accredited higher education institutions are launching e-learning products, enabling students to seek degrees remotely, following the trend popularized by for-profit institutions. Even parents, who are deciding which public elementary school to send their kids to, securitize the breadth of technology available.
Although a bit late to the game, education, like all service industries, is starting to use Big Data analytics to assess and improve quality of service. Colleges are just starting to build their analytics strategies, which will require sophisticated integration of applications across all departments.
Traditionally, academic research accounted for the greatest portion of IT spending at colleges and that pillar of higher education has not gone dormant. As technology evolves, so do researchers’ demands and they are essentially demanding more of everything – computers, storage and bandwidth. These forward-thinking users know that elastic, on-demand services are available in the consumer and commercial sectors, and don’t see why they shouldn’t be available within the academic sector. And now, new research opportunities within the social sciences sector that did not previously require complex tech resources, are bringing additional network needs to the forefront.
Educators and students alike are pushing for the infusion of technology into educational institutions. They expect it to be pervasive and always available. Between campus life, quality of service assessments and research, the modern school requires that connectivity and IT be flexible and integrated across the entire educational ecosystem. A network is the backbone fueling the plethora of applications involved. In order for institutions to meet all these needs effectively and efficiently, the machines that power the network must connect to multiple locations and provide seamless scalability, delivering each capacity requirement.
School campuses process massive amounts of data and are miniature cities in their own right. Network technology below carrier grade will not suffice. XKL’s DarkStar Regional DWDM Networks grow metro networks into regional networks easily and economically. Integrated optics, filters and amplifiers along with standalone in-line amplifiers protract the metro DWDM network’s range into a regional network, extending the metro network 150km range to a regional network 400km. Separating the optical backbone from Layer 2 and 3 and modularizing the network simplifies the complexity of card cage chassis transport. DarkStar optical networking systems can connect with any mix of traffic separated by up to 2,000 km.
XKL will never underestimate the quality of service the education industry requires and has the technology and expertise to lay the foundation for a next generation digital learning experience.
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