3 key steps for a BYOD-ready network

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
February 13th, 2014

BYOD is growing more popular, and school networks should keep certain points in mind as they contemplate implementation

byod-networkAs mobile devices and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives become more common in classrooms across the U.S., school administrators and IT leaders are tasked with managing an influx of devices and maintaining a balance between network security and flexibility for students.

An increasing number of students have access to personal mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets, which they are able to bring to school for academic use. Schools often maintain a classroom or library set of devices for students who do not own or who are not allowed to bring their own devices to school.

While access remains a critical issue, schools also grapple with ensuring their networks are prepared to support a large number of teacher- and student-owned devices. Here, Chris LaPoint, vice president of product management at SolarWinds, shares three key things a school should consider in the move to prepare its infrastructure for BYOD.

(Next page: Important considerations for school networks)