Enterasys Networks, a Siemens Enterprise Communications company, announced it has increased its overall education revenue in the UK & Ireland by 141%, with a 37% increase in wireless business during the first half fiscal 2013.
Key to Enterasys’ growth has been its ability to meet the demand for technology, which helps schools looking to embrace Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). St Austin’s Catholic Primary School in Liverpool implemented Enterasys’ IdentiFi Wireless LAN solution in response to students wanting to use their own devices in the classroom.
Steven Tallant, ICT Development Manager, St. Austin’s Catholic Primary School said: ‘Enhancing the learning environment for students and teachers was a top priority for the entire team at St. Austin’s Catholic Primary School. Working with Enterasys Networks to enable wireless connectivity in the classroom has accelerated these initiatives and provided our teachers with the technology resources to continue to provide a world-class learning environment. Additionally, we’ve relied on the service and support from Enterasys to navigate and quickly rectify issues.’
Enterasys has also implemented its OneFabric Wireless and Wired solutions at Barking Dagenham College. Commenting on the implementation, Urik Gharabeigi, Network Manager at Barking Dagenham College said: ‘There are a handful of vendors in the world that produce worthy wireless and wired products destined for the large, high user density environments with end to end security in mind – and Enterasys is certainly a digit on that hand.
'Enterasys has been quite simply the most cost effective, comprehensive and logical infrastructure deployment we have ever experienced to date. I would highly recommend it purely for its management capabilities, if nothing else.’
Education has some of the highest demand for Wi-Fi coverage with BYOD flexibility, but it also faces the greatest risks and challenges when implementing it. In the face of this device invasion, from students and staff, the school’s network resources and data must be protected from unauthorised and malicious use.
Commenting on the company’s success, Mark Pearce, strategic alliance director at Enterasys Networks, said: ‘Embracing BYOD can bring benefits to a school if implemented correctly. For instance it can reduce security risks, increase productivity in the classroom and provide cost savings through a reduction in school-owned devices.
'The demand for BYOD solutions in education has created the perfect opportunity for Enterasys Networks and we’re continuing to provide schools with the right solutions to meet their individual requirements.’