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Canadian Board of Education IT Teams Collaborate to Improve Network Security and Performance with NETSCOUT Solution

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l CASE STUDY l Customer Profile This Board of Education (BOE) administers the school system for a Canadian city supporting more than 100,000 students, placing a high value on personalized learning for its students across grades kindergarten through 12. State-of-the-art facilities are top among its priorities, with several new and updated schools coming on line since 2016 and into the upcoming school year. In supervising the city school system, the BOE oversees academic planning and curriculum delivery, standardized testing and design for certain grade levels, and facilities management, as well as delivering necessary Information Technology (IT) services to support students, administrators, and educators. The BOE charter empowers the organization to make its own decisions regarding IT solutions deployed in city schools. In supporting the school system, IT operations include two data centers and a headquarters facility. Business Challenge Ongoing citywide population spikes prompted a corresponding increase in new students arriving in the school system. In addressing those increases and ongoing education needs, the BOE managed the introduction of a cluster of new schools across the city in early-2017 and is overseeing construction of a new high school facility scheduled to open in 2018. For the BOE's IT teams, those new schools translate to additional facilities and resources to support, with increased network demand and traffic being sent across more network links to the BOE's data centers. OVERVIEW Business Challenge • The addition of new City schools increased network traffic and links to IT Data Centers, potentially resulting in oversubscribed links • Board of Education (BOE) IT team identified a need for an updated network capacity management solution • Budget considerations play a part in introducing new technologies NETSCOUT Solution • nGenius ® 3900 Series Packet Flow Switch • nGeniusONE ® and InfiniStream ® Service Assurance Technology Business Value • NETSCOUT's trusted business partnership with Network Operations team drives collaborative network traffic aggregation solution design • Lower-cost NETSCOUT ® solution securely manages network traffic, preserves school budget, and helps ensure a consistent learning experience • Expanded NETSCOUT solution jointly shared by Network Operations and Security teams for their respective IT efforts Canadian Board of Education IT Teams Collaborate to Improve Network Security and Performance with NETSCOUT Solution nGenius Packet Flow Switch Enables City to Securely Manage Network Traffic from New Schools E N T E R P R I S E

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