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Schools will be better prepared to meet new problems in unpredictable times if they have a secure and adaptable network.
FREMONT, CA: Schools are constantly adjusting to new digital learning settings, and smarter networks are still needed to support the industry's ongoing developments. While there is a desire to undo or forget the previous year's events, the digital imperative has benefited the education sector. It will continue in multiple forms, bringing with it new network infrastructure requirements. For many schools, this means that legacy WAN (vast area network) systems will get replaced by SD-WAN architectures (software-defined wide-area networks).
With so much education – whether in-person or online – reliant on the internet, internet service stability and availability are more vital than ever. In addition, schools now require smarter, more agile networks to meet the demands of a rapidly changing digital learning environment.
The way forward with SD-WAN
SD-WAN enables network managers to leverage the power of the internet through software-based control, ensuring application performance, network dependability and stability, and security and privacy. In addition, the network can flex to meet its demands and scale to meet high demand using this strategy, making it more ideal for running cloud-based applications.
How SD-WAN supports the 'cloud explosion.'
Cloud adoption has increased since the pandemic outbreak, as limits necessitated the use of cloud-based learning tools. Classrooms can benefit from increased connectivity to these cloud applications thanks to SD-WAN, which can accommodate remote learning situations and hybrid ones. Network administrators can prioritize application traffic to ensure that it takes the shortest, most direct path possible. It implies that organizations have the flexibility to optimize the network and focus on mission-critical or latency-sensitive applications, such as e-learning tools and video and voice capabilities, which are crucial in today's in-person learning, hybrid scenarios, and online education.
Hopefully, as vaccines are delivered, and the epidemic nears its end, hybrid learning options for colleges and schools are still being researched. However, with SD-WAN support and the enormous performance advantages that software-defined networking technologies can provide, it's evident that deploying as a fully managed service should be a top priority.As a result, SD-WAN will enable schools to increase the quality of digital teaching while also focusing exclusively on their objective of providing students with the most incredible educational experiences available.