In today’s digital age, it is not just the students who are learning new things. Schools have also been able to implement cutting-edge technologies into their teaching methods which offer more engaging experiences than ever before – but this means that there is a greater responsibility on our IT department for providing an effective network connection and ensuring all systems running smoothly.
But with limited space and legacy systems, many schools aren’t equipped to scale the way they need to.
The Challenges of Technology Adoption
With so many educational institutions still stuck in the past, it is no wonder that IT Directors find themselves with challenges. Most IT Directors have been slow to adopt new methods for a variety of reasons including:
Old Legacy Systems
To process the immense amounts of data, it is necessary to have a future-proofed IT framework. Today’s high volumes can’t be sustained with old technology and processes in place. Many of the critical infrastructure systems currently in place are old and outdated. They are unable to process the enormous amounts of data and handle the influx of new technologies.
In many K-12 environments, the current IT infrastructure is not able to handle the number of devices and applications being used. As more and more devices are introduced into the network, the system becomes overloaded and bogged down.
With devices and equipment located throughout multiple places in the building, the ability to manage and monitor these systems has imposed many obstacles for IT Directors.
The tech department needs to be able to monitor the school environment for potential issues that could impact the network and cause significant downtime.
Lack of Funding
With education budgets being slashed, there is often little to no money available to invest in new IT infrastructure. This leaves many schools struggling to keep up with the latest technologies and puts them at a disadvantage when it comes to competing for students.
The Solution: The Right Tech Infrastructure
In order to overcome these challenges, schools need to invest in the right tech infrastructure. By future-proofing their IT systems, they will be able to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of technology and provide their students with the best possible learning experience.
A future-proofed system will be able to handle the increasing demands being placed on the network and offer a more reliable and higher-performing network. It will also be easier to manage and monitor, giving the IT team more visibility into the system and allowing them to proactively address any potential issues.
Future-Proof Learning with the Right Equipment
To ensure that your school is future-proofed, it is important to strengthen your school environment with the right equipment. When choosing new equipment, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Choose gear that can handle today’s demands and is scalable for future needs
- Make sure the equipment you select is easy to manage and monitor
- Ensure that the equipment you choose is fit for the environment in which it will be placed
- Select gear that is backed by a strong warranty and support system
Level Up Your UPS
The Liebert® PSI5 Lithium-Ion UPS is the perfect choice for critical infrastructure in edge or distributed IT applications. With greater power density, longer life span (up to 3x), recharge time that’s much quicker, lighter than a standard lead acid UPS, and an ability to tolerate 10 times more discharge cycles; it has all of your bases covered! Not only do these features make them stand out from other products on today’s market but also offer you peace knowing they come backed by a 5-year standard warranty as well which will be sure to protect against any issues during operation.
Don’t Let Budget Be a Barrier to Your Tech Upgrades
Although it may seem like there’s no room in the budget for new equipment, many schools are eligible for E-Rate. This program provides discounts on eligible telecommunications and internet services for schools and libraries. E-Rate discounts can range from 20% to 90%, making it easier for schools to afford the tech upgrades they need.
To learn more about E-Rate and see if your school qualifies, visit the USAC website.
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The right tech infrastructure will give schools the ability to scale their network as needed and provide a foundation for new technologies to be implemented. It is an investment that will pay off in the long run, giving schools the ability to stay ahead of the curve and compete for the best students.
If you are looking to empower your K-12 learning with the right tech infrastructure, contact us today. We would be happy to discuss your specific needs and help you find a solution that is right for you.