Brocton Central School Board

Brocton Central School Board

Like many school districts in upstate New York, Brocton operates under relatively severe fiscal restraints while requiring significant increases in core and IDF network capacity, wireless network capacity, and optimization of network usage. With a combined total of close to 1,000 staff, faculty and students, a BYOD program had multiplied on-net users by 4X; on-line content and testing multiplied traffic density by 3X.

I.T. coordinator Bill Henris was charged with sourcing and implementing a “best function at best value” network upgrade, network design and, finally, budgeting exercise. The final design included:

  • 25 x 48-port Layer 3 switching systems, connecting all three campus locations on a 10 Gigabit fiber platform.
  • 53 x WAP 334NC wireless access points providing full dual-band, 125 – 150 Mbps wireless connectivity to all classrooms, library, staff, and other facilities on Brocton campuses.
  • 4-Year Amer CloudCommand™ licensing for management of the wireless network: CloudCommand™ is a cloud-based “always available” Cloud-based system residing within Amazon’s distributed Cloud environment for full security and 99.999% availability.
  • 1 x Amer Network WLO880T network optimization system, to ensure optimal user experience and maximum network value.
  • Amer-provided Clavister Next Generation Network Security appliance, providing the most advanced network and user security to staff and students, and the network infrastructure itself.
  • All cabling, media converters and fiber connection accessories.

Asked to summarize the procurement, implementation and current operation of the Amer Network systems, Bill Henris offered the following statement:

“Like all districts, Brocton operates under a pretty tight budget. From the top down, we all work hard to get full value from every dollar we spend. That said, acquiring an “off-brand” technology takes a bit of a ‘leap-of-faith’. But our experience with Amer technology and Amer staff has been nothing but positive. The network systems themselves are absolutely first-rate. The technology has surpassed our requirements and operates beautifully. The Amer technical and business staff have been 100% available throughout the entire project, ensuring we met our goals and deadlines. The network is doing everything we planned, and more.

The final extra value we received was Amer’s contracted commitment to make AC (1 gigabit) wireless access points available to us at their own cost plus 5%. Amer will trial their AC-series Wi-Fi in Q4, 2014, right here at Brocton. This protection of our wireless investment makes all of us very comfortable with our long-range network plans and our budgeting responsibilities.”

Case-Study-Brocton.pdf (967 downloads)

Boaz District School Board

Boaz District School Board

  • Coverage for classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, gymnasiums, common areas, offices, and facility parking lots.
  • 7 Locations – One network across 5 schools and 2 admin locations.
  • 3000 student, staff & visitor concurrent users

The Solution: Amer Wi-Fi Key Management Features:

  • Remote Management Capabilities: One administrator manages all locations in real time from his desk, reducing network down time and service calls.
  • Business Grade Functionality
  • Full district coverage
  • Remote management
  • Enhanced security with Individual Device Authentication (IDA)

Case-Study-Boaz.pdf (1029 downloads)

Craven County School Board

Craven County School Board

The district covers approximately 695 square miles with a total population of 94,875 residents. Area coverage includes the cities of New Bern and Havelock, the towns of Bridgeton, Cove City, Dover, River Bend, Trent Woods, Vanceboro, and Marine Corps Air Station – Cherry Point. We serve 14,882 Students in 15 Elementary, 5 Middle, and 5 High Schools.

Current Network Configuration
Craven County has for the most part deployed a star topology with fiber running into the two Primary IDFs. Most schools come into an Amer Gigabit Layer 3 fiber switch. The two Primary IDFs feed into the MDF which provides access to all the servers. Amer Layer 2 GIG switches and PoE are being used in secondary IDFs, with unmanaged desktop models deployed in the classroom.

Chris Thornton, Craven County Schools Director of I.T.:
“We are primarily GIG throughout, but it became critical in several locations for us to enhance the performance to services on the network. We knew the only way to accomplish that was to implement 10GIG switching and connectivity starting at the core. But we needed to do it with limited budget.”

The Solution
Amer Networks was able to recommend an affordable solution that would give Craven County 10GIG connectivity from the Servers, through the MDF, to the two Primary IDFs and beyond. These IDF’s are now communicating at 10 GIG speeds to the areas that needed it the most. The solution is completely scalable as their needs continue to grow.

Equipment Used: Amer Networks SS3GR1026L Layer 2/3 switches with SFP+Expansion Module and SFP+ Transceivers

Case-Study-Craven-County.pdf (966 downloads)

Wasatch has teamed with Amer Networks

Wasatch has teamed with Amer Networks

Wasatch Area Networking (Spanish Forks, UT) has teamed with Amer Networks to provide a revolutionary new set of network infrastructure tools, designed specifically for the campus WAN environment.

As a leader in the education technology community, we are pleased to provide you with an early announcement of an exciting advancement in the education technology world.

Wasatch Area Networking (Spanish Forks, UT) has teamed with Amer Networks to provide a revolutionary new set of network infrastructure tools, designed specifically for the campus WAN environment. The Amer Networks “Extendable Campus Network Architecture” (ECNA) will provide K-20 network planners, engineers and administrators with unprecedented flexibility and value, while meeting and exceeding the constantly changing demands of today’s digital education world.

This dramatic advancement in networking infrastructure capabilities is focused on providing your district / campus with three primary benefits:

A flexible and extendable network architecture that enables your network to grow with changing education demands while providing 100% investment protection

Complete budget security and best-in-breed network performance-to-investment ratio. The best performance and value for your infrastructure budget, with all system software upgrades, lifetime warranties and system replacement guaranteed within the procurement budget.

Expert network design, support and optimization services provided locally by system-specific knowledgeable experts.

The “Extendable Campus Network Architecture” system is already installed and operating at the state’s leading education institution, Brigham Young University.

Please see the attached case study: click here for a downloadable PDF.

For additional information please contact :

Michael (Mick) Sharpe
Amer Networks
Phone: 1-800-262-9703 ex 7688
Email: msharpe@amer.com

Amer Networks leads market with NEW 48 Port SFP+ 10GbE and 4 QSFP 40GbE Layer 3 Switch

Amer Networks leads market with NEW 48 Port SFP+ 10GbE and 4 QSFP 40GbE Layer 3 Switch

Amer Networks announces its industry leading ‘SS310G’ Series. The SS310GR48F combines Layer 3 functions with backplane speeds previously thought only to work with chassis solutions. With 48 SFP+ 10GbE ports, 4 QSFP 40GbE ports, redundant power supplies, and hot swappable fans the SS310GR48F is the perfect fit for any modern datacenter or enterprise network looking to take advantage of 10GbE or engineer advanced network deployments, like Spine, Leaf. With a staggering 1.28Tbps backplane in a 1U form factor and a managed featureset only found on the most advanced switchs in the market; Amer Networks hopes to empower any size datacenter and enterprise network with 10GbE connectivity.