Shady Side Academy adopted a simplified unified network to improve connectivity and support new in-class technologies, as well as the 1:1 BYOD initiative.

  • Country: United States Of America
  • Industry: Education
  • Solution: Business Telephony

Shady Side Academy is one of the oldest independent schools in Western Pennsylvania. Shady Side enrolls more than 940 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 on three unique campuses: Senior, Middle and Junior schools, including a 7-day boarding option for Senior school students.

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We’ve effectively removed the technological barriers to change at Shady Side. Teachers don’t have to worry about technology failing them anymore and that makes all the difference. They can fully embrace new teaching tools to take student learning to the next level.

Tim Winner, Director of Technology, Shady Side Academy

Challenges

  • Shady Side wanted to replace its aging multivendor environment with a robust and scalable unified wired and wireless network from a single vendor.

  • The school needed to ready the network for anticipated communications and security needs, while increasing WiFi density and coverage to close “dead spots,” fixing bandwidth issues, and supporting both 1:1 and BYOD student environments immediately. 

  • Spotty network performance had hindered the use of new technologies, making teachers reluctant to try them. The solution needed to support these technologies in order to regain teachers’ trust and encourage innovative teaching methods. 

Products & Solutions

Products:

  • OmniSwitch 6860E
  • OmniSwitch 6900 Stackable LAN Switch
  • Omni Access AP205,225,205H
  • OmniVista 2500
  • OmniVista 3600 Air Manager
  • ClearPass Policy Manager

Solution:

  • Business Telephony
Benefits

Technical:

  • The unified access network supports Aruba AirGroup feature which allows Shady Side to make full use of inexpensive classroom projection (e.g. AppleTV) with a high degree of control. 
  • The right sized OmniSwitch core network gives Shady Side great performance and high reliability, while remaining highly scalable.

Financial:

  • Ongoing maintenance costs were very high; the new solution offers a much more affordable alternative.
  • The entire network was replaced within the school’s budget.

User Experience:

  • The new network has allowed Shady Side to hire a full time staffer dedicated to classroom innovation, working with teachers to create a better and more innovative learning experience for students.
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