SD-WAN Enables Dynamic Bandwidth Control in K–12 Schools
As more applications move to the cloud, SD-WAN helps K–12 IT leaders better manage the bandwidth they already have, while increasing agility.
“A lot of state testing is now done via Software as a Service applications,” Walton says. A big testing day “can put a lot of strain on a school network, especially in schools that don’t have large WAN links. An SD-WAN solution can give students the best experience possible because IT staff can set controls that assign higher priorities to a specific application.”
This means that during the test, administrators can ensure the testing application has all the bandwidth it needs to operate smoothly, deprioritizing other applications that aren’t as necessary.
SD-WAN controls typically include features like dynamic WAN selection, failover and load balancing over multiple WAN links, plus enhanced security. Extreme’s SD-WAN solution allows IT staff to both visualize and dynamically control the performance of all cloud-based applications, even overcoming constraints in networks that have limited WAN connection speeds.
“Once the technology is in place, staff members can set up objectives and custom-build a solution that is as granular or broad as they want,” says Walton. “All devices and applications can be onboarded, and everything can be orchestrated from a cloud-based app.”