Mobile classroom benefits from Brocade
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Mobile classroom benefits from Brocade

Books aren't the only tools today's students need to succeed. Increasingly, education systems are realizing the benefits they can offer students through the cloud.

Australia's Kinross Wolaroi School (KWS) recently deployed a new core network powered by Brocade's leading networking technologies. With the help of these solutions, students will be able to use tablets and other communications devices to remain connected campus-wide. Nearly 300 of the school's staff and students in grades 5 through 7 were supplied with iPads for a richer education experience.

"We worked closely with ASI Solutions to help them understand the Brocade solution and how it would deliver more capabilities, professional training and certification for KWS," said Greig Guy, country manager for Australia and New Zealand at Brocade. "The fact that Brocade switching technology is used in the most demanding, transaction-heavy environments also provided the school with a sound level of confidence."

THE Journal noted that among the benefits of supporting more technology in the classroom are cost savings and the opportunity to teach in a more personalized manner. Doug Johnson, the director of libraries and technology for the Mankato Public Schools, told the source that while some collaboration issues can arise from device-focused programs, choosing device-neutral platforms can be beneficial. Some cloud computing options such as Google Apps address schools' needs to minimize administrative issues without breaking the bank.

With the help of virtualization consulting, educational institutions can leverage cloud computing to boost students' well-being and make the most of their budgets.