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Best Practices in School IT Management

BPHaving a robust and reliable IT infrastructure is mission-critical for schools today, as problems or delays in the availability of resources over their network can hinder learning.

To ensure that data, applications, and other resources are available to staff and students as needed, school and district IT departments are adopting a variety of approaches—from virtualizing their network infrastructure in order to simplify the management of IT assets, to “load balancing,” or distributing workloads across multiple computers to minimize response time and increase reliability.

With the generous support of KEMP Technologies, we’ve assembled this collection of stories and resources to help you learn from these best practices in IT management.

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Big perks for University High School tech support internship

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Are you struggling to respond to student and faculty technology issues in a timely manner? Are expensive repairs depleting your tech budget? If your school has a one-to-one…

CTOs give their best mobile deployment tips

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School leaders hope to give their students access to mobile learning opportunities, but infrastructure challenges and access barriers often create complications during mobile initiative implementations.

A group…

Six ed-tech tips for district CIOs

Six ed-tech tips for district CIOs

Technology is essential for today’s students to succeed in a mobile world—few, if any, would argue that. But how can school administrators, and district CIOs in particular, adapt…

Desktop virtualization leads to higher-quality education for one district

Desktop virtualization leads to higher-quality education for one district

By the time students wake up for the school day, teachers and faculty have already had their first cup of coffee for the morning and are reviewing a…

How to make BYOD work for your schools

How to make BYOD work for your schools

Supporters of the BYOD movement say students are instantly more attentive and better behaved when they are encouraged to use their own mobile devices in the classroom, but…

Illinois district helps others save money through the cloud

Illinois district helps others save money through the cloud

A growing "cloud" means a brighter future for many Illinois school districts, and Bloomington District 87 is leading the way.…

IT outsourcing: Does it make sense for your schools?

Companies have been making ambitious claims about how much money schools and colleges can save by offloading the work of hosting and managing software on their own computers

Cloud computing, Software as a Service (SaaS), and “managed” or “hosted” services: These are terms that today’s ed-tech directors surely are familiar with. But do these models always…

The biggest ed-tech ‘pain points’—and how to solve them

Updating regular reports on IT operations can help manage systems.

Scott Farmer, IT director for Virginia Tech, says getting campus officials who know nothing about technology to understand his department’s needs was one of the key challenges keeping…

Additional Resources

Network Load Balancers to the Rescue

Network Load Balancers to the Rescue We all know about the importance of a health check-up from time to time with our doctor. As the expression goes, “an ounce of prevention…” This concept equally applies to application servers. Network load balancers can serve as “doctors” by executing health checks against load-balanced servers.


Texas A&M Chooses KEMP for High Availability of Web Server Farms

Texas A&M Chooses KEMP for High Availability of Web Server Farms Texas A&M University is the sixth-largest university in the country with 50,000 students, and its Provost IT Office (PITO) maintains IT assets and services for approximately 40 different departments. Because these departments represent many of the core services required to keep the university’s services operational, PITO needed to ensure that these services could continue to operate with minimal disruption in the event of hardware or software failures, security incidents, or routine maintenance needs. To meet this need, PITO has turned to load balancing web services across web server farms that help eliminate any single point of failure.


Introduction to Load Balancing with KEMP Technologies

Introduction to Load Balancing with KEMP Technologies This video explains the benefits of load balancing and application delivery; which applications can, and should, be load balanced; and how KEMP Technologies can meet schools’ load balancing needs.


Why You Need To Load Balance Exchange 2010

Why You Need To Load Balance Exchange 2010 This video explains how load-balancing Microsoft Exchange 2010 email servers can improve performance and reliability.


How Load Balancing Is Playing a Bigger Role in Tech Transitions (from CIO.com)

How Load Balancing Is Playing a Bigger Role in Tech Transitions (from CIO.com) Load balancing isn’t just for websites that expect surges in traffic any more. Organizations of all sizes, and in all verticals, find load balancing an effective way to address disaster recovery, scalability, failover, and application virtualization needs.

 

 

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