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Making the Case for Network Automation in Higher Education

Making the Case for Network Automation in Higher Education

Network automation allows IT organizations to provision services instantly. This will become increasingly important as big data, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence make their way onto the campus network.

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A Self-Driving Network  On Campus Saves Time, Money, and Resources

A Self-Driving Network On Campus Saves Time, Money, and Resources

Despite the many advances in data center technologies over the last 10 years, the network operations at many educational institutions have remained fairly unchanged. Network management tasks are performed manually, increasing operational costs and straining already overworked IT staffs. Going forward, higher education institutions must embrace automation if they are to remain viable in the age of digital learning.

 

Today, the majority of network configuration, monitoring, management, correction, defense, and analysis tasks are performed manually. The IT staff struggles to keep pace as demands on the network increase—and it’s only going to get worse. Consider this: By 2020, there will be 4.1 billion Internet users, 26.3 billion networked devices and connections, and data center traffic will increase 330%. Manually managing the network in this scenario won’t simply be burdensome. It will be humanly impossible.

 

What’s more, IT staffs at higher education institutions must be positioned to innovate in preparation for the age of digital learning. IT staffs have long operated with a keep-the-lights-on mentality that inhibits growth and innovation. Staff must be freed from manual tasks so that they can focus on enabling digital cohesion, a competitive differentiator that will attract first-rate researchers, faculty, and students. At the same time, the network must deliver the performance and reliability that users demand. 

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The best way to meet growing network demands and simultaneously free up IT staff is to reduce manual operational tasks through automation. Automation is essential to changing the current network management paradigm from one requiring constant human intervention to one where systems increasingly operate on their own. According to 2016 IDC studies of network and IT managers, IT managers stated that they spent over 50% of their time on manual, time consuming management tasks versus only 21% of their time on innovative, strategic initiatives to help accelerate the business.

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In education, doing more for less has been the norm for IT teams. Automation with a path to autonomy is a critical factor in this equation today. IT teams are spending too much time on keeping the lights on vs aligning technology to the institution’s mission on education and research.

 

 The Self-Driving Network™ leverages automation to reduce operational overhead, and improve network reliability and performance. It self-configures, monitors, manages, corrects, defends, and analyzes, all with very little human intervention. The Self-Driving Network leverages big data and machine learning systems to predict performance issues and ultimately take corrective action before users are affected. The Self-Driving Network simplifies operational tasks and frees the IT staff to innovate. As a result, operating costs drop while security, reliability, and resiliency improve.

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Learn what the Self-Driving Network does in this Infographic

 

A Self-Driving Network will take the heavy lifting out of the hands of IT team. Thus, freeing up the time of IT team to align strategically to the missions.

 

The network infrastructure can no longer be an institutional roadblock. It is the key to a modern, connected campus that empowers, engages, and inspires. In order to deliver on these promises, institutions need to bring their networks into the 21st Century, and it starts with automation

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The Connected Campus:  How to Prepare and Manage Beyond Digital Disruption in Higher Education

The Connected Campus: How to Prepare and Manage Beyond Digital Disruption in Higher Education

To empower and engage today’s students and staff, colleges and universities must transform legacy IT infrastructures into agile, secure services platforms that are accessible anywhere, anytime.

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(Part 3 of 3) Will Blockchain Be the Game Changer for Solving IoT Security Challenges? Why and How?

(Part 3 of 3) Will Blockchain Be the Game Changer for Solving IoT Security Challenges? Why and How?

 

In my previous blogs, I’ve covered the fundamental attributes of Blockchain, how those attributes could add value and address some of the IoT security challenges in terms of use cases. And I mentioned that blockchain won’t be the panacea for IoT security and it has its own security challenges. So in this blog, I will give you some more details on my point-of-view here, and what you can do to mitigate risks.  

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