District future-proofs for more capacity, safety

The district will no longer need to continue purchasing new servers one-by-one.

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Castro Valley Unified School District’s (CVUSD) new synchronized system allows for a centralized database that is maintained and shared across the district, representing a transition away from ISAM to a client/server model (SQL server) with a variety of front ends.

This requires a robust and high performance infrastructure along with a high speed WAN to be successful.

The district is a 12-school suburban district with two high schools and two middle schools, as well as elementary and special-education campuses. With an eye for incorporating cutting-edge technology into its IT infrastructure, CVUSD was an early adopter of wireless WAN technology, as well as distributed and synchronized student information systems (SIS). Legacy ISAM student information systems involve multiple databases distributed across their districts, with each school maintaining its own data set. Periodically, the data sets would be combined to create a snapshot of the total student population.

Moving forward

Already, CVUSD has centralized most of its critical servers at the district office.

Applications running on the servers include student information systems, state reporting services, library inventory and management, video recording, web servers, content management systems, network monitoring, and eMail and firewall services. Some of these services are virtualized, but the district still relies on several “one-server to one-service” installations.

The district also plans to implement several new technology initiatives, including a food services system and eMail archiving. An important goal in 2010 was to adopt a new student information system based on a SQL server.

A student information system is the life blood of any public school district because it handles all student enrollment and compliance with state regulations. It also maintains accurate average daily attendance figures which are essential for securing state funding for daily operations.

“As we move toward a more centralized system to support our technology initiatives and expand our web site, we have an ever-increasing need for additional capacity,” said Bruce Gidlund, director of technology for CVUSD. “We knew we’d need a solution that would easily facilitate restoration if something went wrong–it had to be bulletproof.”

The solution

Working with Office Information Systems, the school district chose RELDATA to support its expanding IT infrastructure, new technology initiatives, and storage environment which is expected to triple in three to five years.

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