Bring Your Own Technology [“BYOT”] means an massive influx of mobile devices, such as Droids, iPhones, Kindles, iPads, iTouch, Nexus, Surface and just about any other Internet Protocol apparatus at student can put in his or her book bag.
BYOT can put a reasonable high stress on an existing network’s infrastructure and appliances, particularly when underlying software gets a bit chatty. Consider the more technical details about how today’s smart devices can automatically trigger updates and access to cloud based applications upon network access. Is your network prepared for this next stage of end-user access?
If you’re an educational IT Manager reading this blog, most likely, the mere mention of the acronym BYOT may make you cringe a bit. TBNG Consulting has been engaged with BYOT in the Connecticut and Rhode Island K-12 markets for several years now. In our experience, many educational institutions either postponed deployment or lacked either the network resource to accommodate the underlying crush of data traffic. Specifically, adequate wireless coverage, security perimeters and small WAN links contributed to BYOT deployment difficulties. Additionally, bandwidth limitations regarding inter-site wide area networking further complicates matters. Alas, with the advent of more economical and easier to implement wide area Ethernet networking products, such concerns are now alleviated. In our local market, TBNG’s engineering teams are actively involved with Wide Area Network Ethernetdeployments, specifically with municipal and K-12 focus:
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A wide array of local service providers such as Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and MetroCast can provide wide area layer-2 Ethernet connectivity at very competitive pricing. Not only does this technology deliver carrier-class dependability and speed, but a varying array of wide area topologies can be built to deliver bandwidth to outlying schools, facilities and campuses.
The solution for successful BYOT implementation begins with your wide area network connectivity. Should you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact TBNG Consulting at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 855-512-4817.