Case Studies Guide

Case Studies | Vertical Markets | Education

Our comprehensive guide to technology solutions implemented by channel partners in specific vertical markets.

Meru Networks-The Heathland School

Heathland evaluated a number of industry solutions, ultimately deciding that Meru technologies could best meet their needs. A Meru Wireless LAN MC3050 50-port controller and 37 Meru AP201 access points were used to set up the school’s new and improved wireless network.

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Microsoft - Indiana University

Indiana University wanted to improve communications and make up for its increasingly mobile IT staff . It decided to implement a software solution that would provide more flexibility and increase functionality.

IBM - Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

The Fashion Institute has always prided itself on focusing on the connection between education and industry. It wanted to change the way everybody from staff to students to alumni communicated with the college. At the same time, it wanted to lower costs, improve service and integrate voice into its web portal.

Motorola - Aurora School District

The Aurora Public School District needed to create a reliable, secure and cost- effective network with enough bandwidth to sustain all 26 elementary schools in the district. Existing T1 lines were too slow and expensive to maintain.

3Com - Jordan School District, Utah

The Jordan School District is the largest and fastest-growing school district in Utah. It expects the district's population will to grow from 75,000 to 100,000 by the year 2012. As a result, the district required a cost-effective, scalable way to improve classroom safety, while at the same time securing its network and increasing network access across its 250 sq. mi. service area.

3COM - New College

Based in Sarasota, Florida, New College is an independent, public honors college that attracts academically gifted and talented students. The school was using an aging Cisco data network, a Lucent phone system from the 1980s and was dealing with annual bill of more than $600,000 for outsourcing network maintenance services.

Dell - Acadia University

Acadia University is an undergraduate, liberal arts university with 170 years of history in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Acadia University wanted to enable students to purchase their own laptops but needed to narrow their selection to models that would meet exacting requirements and student approval.

IBM-Bryant University

Bryant University is an educational institution in Rhode Island with over 3,000 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students. The challenge faced by Bryant University was twofold – the school had to find a way to cut costs and deliver environmentally-friendly services without sacrificing the quality of their IT services and infrastructure.

3Com-Forney Independent School District

The Forney Independent School District is located in Texas. It consists of a dozen elementary and secondary schools, and is one of the fastest growing public school districts in the state. Because of the steady increases in the number of students attending the Forney Independent School District’s educational institutions, a need arose for a highly functional, streamlined network that could effectively serve the district’s 7,000 students and 1,000 faculty members and other personnel.

Citrix-DeVry University

DeVry University, a private educational organization, offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs, and is known throughout the country for the quality of its IT programs. After trying several application delivery solutions, DeVry attended a demo of Citrix Presentation Server and realized it was exactly what they had been looking for. They now use this program with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 as the primary method of delivering applications to online students.

IBM-Rice University

Rice University, located in Houston, Texas, is a private research academy. The institution, founded in 1912, is known for its prestigious undergraduate programs and its strength in the applied sciences. In order to offer students a state-of-the-art research environment, the university decided to implement the Sakai system. This open source environment, currently in use by well over 100 universities, is an extremely effective collaborative tool. The university felt that the Sakai environment would encourage students and faculty to communicate and work together. After obtaining a Shared University Research (SUR) grant from IBM, Rice implemented the Sakai environment.

Axis Communications - Oconto Unified School District

The Oconto Unified School District is comprised of the city of Oconto and four adjacent Wisconsin townships. It consists of three educational institutions: a high school, an elementary school, and a middle school. In 2008, Oconto’s Board of Education revised its security policy. As a result, the school district’s officials needed to find an integrated surveillance system that would improve the safety of students, visitors, employees, and volunteers. Specifically, they wanted a solution that would allow schools to identify visitors and control door locks remotely.

Zeus Technology-GreatSchools

GreatSchools was founded by a former teacher in 1998. An independent non-profit organization, GreatSchools helps parents choose the best schools for their children and encourages them to get more involved in their children’s education. As traffic to the organization's site continued to grow, GreatSchools had to deal with rising bandwidth costs. They began searching for a way to better handle their bandwidth usage, but wanted a solution that would run on top of their current operating system and wouldn’t require additional hardware, rack space, or power.

Marshal8e6-Henrico County Public Schools

Henrico County Public Schools oversees numerous K-12 schools, as well as a small number of technical and specialty centers in the county of Henrico, Virginia. Like every organization responsible for the education and safety of young people, Henrico County Public Schools is concerned with reducing inappropriate Web surfing, as well as security risks such as spyware and phishing.

Dell-College of the North Atlantic

The College of the North Atlantic is a network of 17 campuses located in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Severe storms are a reality in Newfoundland and Labrador. For the College of the North Atlantic, a blizzard, flood, wind-related power outage, or other disaster could easily translate into a shutdown of the school’s primary data center. Classroom applications, distance learning programs, e-mail, and administrative applications would all be disabled as a result. The college needed to find an effective disaster recovery solution.

Trend Micro-Huntsville City Schools

Huntsville City Schools in Alabama is a family of K-12 learning institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges. Before adopting Trend Micro products, Huntsville City Schools was dealing with a large number of virus attacks. The support being provided by the vendor of the existing security solution was inadequate, and the product in use was being discontinued. Huntsville City Schools needed an affordable, effective security solution.

Astaro-South Montgomery Community School

Most schools have Internet-related concerns, and those that fall under the jurisdiction of the South Montgomery Community School Corporation are no different. Filtering Web content and blocking inappropriate Web sites have always ranked high on the list of priorities.

Hitachi Data Systems-National University of Singapore

When the Centre for Quantum Technologies was established in 2007, it needed an advanced laboratory with an IT system that would allow high speed information to be captured and data collected by researchers to be shared. To make this state-of-the-art IT system a reality, the CQT had to overcome numerous challenges. The system would need to support data intensive research applications, cope with peaks in utilization and data generation, and support up to 200 quantum information users.


The challenges being faced by At-Bristol were similar to other facilities that contain public computers. While certain Web sites are blocked, At-Bristol’s computer users are essentially free to search for any information they wish. Computers were routinely becoming infected with viruses, spyware, and other malware as a result.

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