If like me, you went to school in the 1970s, you may remember how we were forced to share musty, graffitied text books and copy notes from a chalk-stained blackboard, or if you were really lucky your teachers may have made notes on acetates while the overhead projector buzzed nosily and annoyingly blocked your view if you happened to be sat right behind it.
But sadly, (or perhaps not) the youth of today will never understand such frustrations because the learning experience in the higher education sector has changed, unrecognisably.
Today, campuses and classrooms are undergoing a transformation like we’ve never seen before. Laptops and tablets have come to replace the torn and stained textbooks we used to read. Students can connect with guest lecturers virtually from across the world without even having to leave their halls of residence and coursework is assigned, completed, submitted and marked without the student or teacher having to pick up a pen.
What’s more, in today’s highly competitive academic landscape where more students are attending university than ever before, competition between the higher education establishments has never been more prevalent. We’re now beginning to see more and more universities turning to artificial intelligence, big data and the IoT to create a unique, personalised and relevant experience to attract today’s digitally demanding students.
But to support this digital evolution, today’s campuses and learning tools depend on a robust network to support bandwidth hungry devices and applications such as voice and video. The network must also be powered by deep intelligence and integrated security to deliver automation and analytics across the entire organisation at scale. Crucially then, the sector must embrace a new era of networking to enable them to deliver on these ever-growing digital demands.
But where do you start?
The first step you need to take should be to partner with a Manged Networks and Platforms provider.
At ANS, we have built a long-standing heritage in developing and supporting academic institutions of the future and one way in which we are able to do this is through the use of Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture.
Cisco DNA delivers intent-based networking solutions and services that turn network traffic data into actionable insights. This means it will ensure your network is capable of handling the requirements of devices, applications, and services on your digital campus. With Cisco DNA’s automation and assurance, insights on the network and your users, and security network-wide, education institutions can focus on fostering innovation, learning, and engagement among students and faculty.
Here are just a handful of the benefits you can expect to receive with Cisco DNA
1. Lower complexity and costs with automation
Through the use of Cisco’s policy-based automation, you can deploy and manage services across hundreds of devices and sites to consistently meet your academic and research needs. And through virtualization you can deliver a more dynamic network that can easily provision, expand, and reallocate services quickly across different hardware platforms
2. Achieve faster innovation with actionable insights
By utilising the network’s intelligence, you will be able to better understand patterns related to users, applications, and devices, improving operational efficiencies like lighting, room utilisation, and waste removal on campus. All while enhancing student and staff engagement.
3. Increase security and reduce risk
With Cisco DNA you can secure student data anywhere, in real-time, with continuous, faster threat detection and full visibility into malicious behavior. By embedding security network-wide with the industry’s best threat protection, your will be able to detect and contain threats over 1000 times faster than the industry average.
Deliver Results with Cisco DNA
ANS partnered with Nottingham University to deliver Cisco DNA solution for their network which enabled them to improve operational efficiencies and deliver new digital services to the end-user, ensuring the university is able to continue competing as a world-class research Centre.
To find out how Cisco DNA could enable digital transformation on your academic institution please click here.
Posted by Russell Evans