Extreme Networks Industry Solutions
From Classroom to Server Room Mobility Done Right
Higher Education has some of the highest demand for Bring Your Own Device, but also faces the greatest risks and challenges in implementing it. Faculty, staff, students, and parents all demand permission to bring and use personal wireless devices on campus. The typical college student today has between two and five personal devices, including smartphone, music player, pc, tablet, and portable game console. In the face of this device invasion, the valuable campus network resources and data must be protected from unauthorized and malicious use.
Extreme Networks Mobile IAM enables BYOD with complete security for the campus network and data. The context-based policy engine controls network usage based on up to 50 factors including user, device, location, and application. So high bandwidth can be provided to staff and students using VDI. High bandwidth can also be allocated to video for instructional use. Global classrooms on remote campuses as well as distance learning in general are fully supported. But administrative information is fully protected.
Extreme Networks guarantees the Mobile IAM implementation; it is smooth to install and won’t require any additional staffing to the already-stretched higher education IT department. The network and all devices are managed with a single pane of glass into a single database. Devices can be automatically provisioned based on the pre-determined policy.
The Twin Challenges Facing Higher Education
Higher education institutions face the twin challenges of rising information technology costs coupled with the need to avoid technological obsolescence and provide the reliable infrastructure that is necessary for a highly-connected learning experience that engages students for better learning outcomes. Sophisticated learning management systems, enhanced video, online-collaborative tools and the advent of the consumerization of IT have many universities scrambling to keep pace. With distance education rapidly become main-stream, online and blended learning methodologies are gaining firm footholds in the curricula and are quickly becoming an essential revenue stream for institutions. In many ways, the networks that are architected today will become the universities of tomorrow. The choices made to help maximize existing infrastructure and leverage future investments become decisions of strategic importance.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Many higher education institutions are looking to deploy Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) initiatives to enable application delivery. Purpose-built for virtualization, OneFabric provides the stable, high-quality infrastructure to enable universities to realize the benefits of lower cost of ownership, simplified management and greater control of its networked computers – without compromising the student and faculty experience. Extreme Networks works with the leading complementary technology providers in the higher education industry, including Uniden, vmware, and Citrix to name just a few.
Learning Management Systems
More and more higher education faculty depend completely on the wireless network as part of their lesson plans through the free source e-learning software platform know as Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment). Extreme Networks provides the robust performance and reliable wireless coverage that is essential to supporting Learning Management System (LMS) applications that allow for the administration, documentation, tracking and reporting of training programs, classroom and online events, e-learning programs and training content.
Manage Any Device, Anywhere...For a Great Learning Environment Everywhere
Pressure for Bring-Your-Own-Device has been especially strong among K-12 schools. Cost pressures, parent and student demand, new styles of teaching, and on-line testing have all had an important role in driving this need. At the same time, insuring compliance with Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), as well as maintaining security and preventing inequities without taxing the school’s limited IT resources, present major challenges in implementing BYOD for K-12 schools.
Extreme Networks Mobile IAM controls access based on user, device, location, application – in fact, it can take into account up to 50 different considerations. So a teacher using video for classroom instruction can get high bandwidth, while students in the cafeteria can be limited in their YouTube viewing. High bandwidth can be provided for VDI use by the staff, while entertainment devices such PlayStation Portable may be barred from the network entirely.
All this is easily managed by the IT staff without additional resources. Mobile IAM uses a single database and provides a single pane of glass for network management including BYOD device management. Teachers and students can be automatically provisioned when they first bring their devices to school. Network usage is simply monitored by user, device, location, and application to insure full compliance with AUP and CIPA.
Extreme Networks offers leading K-12 network solutions in terms of manageability via a pane of glass, security for BYOD, and integrity through fault-tolerance and life-time warranty.
As many school districts move to 1:1 computing, they need the ability to deliver networked services to large numbers of computers and tablets without slowing down the network. With Extreme Networks, school districts can accommodate and manage both district-owned and student-owned devices into these 1:1 computing programs.
K12 school districts are making a strong push to deliver digital citizenship courses online. These courses educate faculty and students on the proper use of the technology, including how to identify credible sources of information, proper use of social media, and online bullying awareness. Districts are then allowing specific devices and application access based on the student’s successful completion of the digital citizenship course. Having access to network traffic utilization data helps verify that district content filters are performing as expected and students are being good stewards of the technology. The Extreme Networks network forensics can verify proper or improper use of the resources for granting or removing expanded access rights.
With the flexible network cotrol offered by Extreme Networks, classroom networking can be set up to disallow students’ laptops’ access to the Internet, but allow secure access to the school’s intranet to take an on-line exam. In the same classroom, the teacher’s laptop can be granted access to all district resources as well as the Internet.
Digital textbooks can require high speed video streaming and other high bandwidth resources. With Extreme Networks, you can configure the network to provide digital textbooks in the classroom with the bandwidth they require, which still limiting or preventing high speed streaming of music or games to students in the cafeteria, for example.
Mobility Made Safe and Simple
Doctors are bringing mobile devices to the workplace at an alarming pace and are seeking to use them in patient care. Unrestricted usage could jeopardize private patient information as well as place an unacceptable burden on the network and IT resources. Similarly, both patients and guests request to use their personal wireless devices while they are in the hospital. All of these devices potentially share a network environment with critical hospital wired and wireless devices including location tracking systems, telemetry, and biomed devices; each with their independent needs for security, quality of service, data access, and bandwidth. How does an IT organization provide the flexible resources required to manage a comprehensive BYOD strategy while maintain costs, control, and security?
With Extreme Networks Mobile IAM as part of the OneFabric architecture, network resources are allocated based on up to 50 different considerations, including user, device type, location, and application. Mobile IAM dynamically maintains a list of authorized users, devices, and locations to provide zero-effort onboarding and predictable, secure application delivery.
A doctor can get high bandwidth to his iPad for VDI and video and securely check on patient data.
Medical devices will get high priority and the reliable bandwidth that they need.
Guests can easily log on to the network, but their bandwidth will be controlled and they will get no access to hospital data and devices.
Healthcare organizations are increasingly dependent on best in class technology for addressing the demands of critical patient workflows in order to provide the visibility, control, automation and flexibility to seamlessly support Meaningful Use initiatives. OneFabric from Extreme Networks provides all of these capabilities in an easily managed single pane of glass, without putting additional demands on the hospital’s limited IT resources.
Purpose-built to support clinical workflows, OneFabric delivers a consistently positive user experience for caregivers, patients and guests all on the same network, while also guaranteeing SLAs for critical applications. Whether it’s providing physician access to EMR (Electronic Medical Records) from any location with any device, seamless biomedical device support such as wireless infusion pumps, or toll quality IP voice communications, OneFabric allows caregivers to more effectively collaborate and provide faster and better care.
Leveraging the OneFabric pervasive wireless network, healthcare institutions are able to deploy Real-time Location Services (RTLS) to track patients, infants and staff throughout the entire hospital or campus, improving safety and peace of mind for clinical staff, patients and their families and enhancing the overall quality of care and patient satisfaction. Hospitals can also use OneFabric-enabled RTLS solutions to perform asset management and temperature and humidity monitoring.
Toll quality voice and broadcast quality videos are increasingly integral to healthcare workflows. The Extreme Networks solution delivers consistently better than toll-quality voice (MOS score of 4.0 or higher) even in unpredictable environments over a large coverage area. Extreme Networks wireless LAN solutions have been proven to deliver sustained high performance of over 32 HD video streams through a single AP.
Reliability and security are of utmost importance when communicating with wired and wireless biomedical devices. Wireless telemetry and infusion devices in particular not only provide the patient with mobility, but enable staff to efficiently monitor and treat patients. The Extreme Networks OneFabric solution provides both the highest level of security when communicating with biomedical devices and fine grain control over device access permission.
Included as part of the Meaningful Use criteria, Computerized Physician Order-Entry (CPOE) is an important component in improving the quality of patient healthcare by streamlining processes for clinicians, minimizing order entry errors, providing automation and improving communication and collaboration among the health care team. The OneFabric architectures provides the stable and secure infrastructure needed for the communication of CPOE, allowing clinicians to take bedside notes, captured in real-time, with no manual data entry by other staff or after a patient visit.
Many healthcare organizations are looking to deploy Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) initiatives to enable application delivery. Purpose-built for virtualization, OneFabric provides the stable, high-quality infrastructure to enable healthcare providers to realize the benefits of lower cost of ownership, simplified management and greater control of its networked computers – without compromising the caregiver and patient experience.
Enabling and Monetizing High Performance Wi-Fi
Ready access to high performance Wi-Fi has become a necessary part of today’s digital lifestyle. Extreme Networks lets you leverage this important trend to create a significant new revenue stream for your property or venue. Fast, secure, reliable Wi-Fi connectivity, combined with an innovative media-rich publishing platform makes this possible.
Sporting Venues and Convention Centers
The Extreme Networks Wi-Fi network solution generates advertising-based revenue through location-relevant information and marketing messages delivered to the mobile devices of your fans in an engaging, non-intrusive, content-controlled environment. The network provides fans with high quality, fast, and reliable Wi-Fi access to the Internet, so they can watch videos, check scores, listen to music, or just surf the Web from their mobile device.
Demand for Wi-Fi network access at sporting venues is growing exponentially. But most venues have been unable to provide the network capacity necessary to adequately service their guests. Today’s sport fans are craving ever-greater access to venue- and event-specific content. Traditionally, patrons have been forced to use their 3G/4G cellular service, if available, for Internet access. As the number of smartphones and mobile devices has exploded, access to higher speed, highly available networking is demanded. The Extreme Networks Wi-Fi solution is a perfect solution that both satisfies the demand for data access and provides a new revenue stream for your venue.
Hotels and Resorts
The Extreme Networks Wi-Fi network enables a new revenue stream based on local and national sponsorships. The sponsor messages are delivered to the mobile devices of your guests in an engaging, non-intrusive, content-controlled environment through location-relevant advertising overlay technology. The network provides high quality, fast, and reliable Wi-Fi access to the Internet, enhancing the guest experience when watching videos, listening to streaming audio, or just surfing the Web from mobile devices.
Wi-Fi access at hotel and resort properties has become a critical factor in guest experience and insuring return visits. Today’s properties struggle to keep up with Wi-Fi network capacity demands that are necessary to adequately and reliably service guests. The Extreme Networks Wi-Fi solution perfectly satisfies the demand for high speed Internet access while providing a new revenue stream for your property.
Extreme Networks, with our partner r66t, is a leading provider of free Wi-Fi solutions at airports, airport lounges and on commuter buses and ferries. FreeFi provides free Wi-Fi service to over 20,000 users every day. In exchange for watching highly engaging advertising content, users get free Wi-Fi, reducing the cost of providing the number one most requested service of their clients - free Wi-Fi. Extreme Networks provides the network infrastructure and R66T provides relevant advertising content for airports consumers. The advertising revenues help offset the costs of broadband and the delivery of Wi-Fi to the airport.
State & Local Government:
Providing Standards-based Manageability, Compliance and Security
The business of state and local government is changing. State and local government organizations around the globe are being challenged to improve efficiency, increase services and reduce costs. Today’s government employees work for many different agencies, are geographically dispersed and require seamless 24-7 access to secure, up-to-date intelligence. The network infrastructure is the critical backbone connecting users to the required IT resources and enabling instant sharing of information. This increasing reliance on network connected resources comes at a time of heightened security concerns. Compliance mandates require agencies to protect data and resources from unauthorized access or modification.
To meet these challenges the network must go beyond basic high speed connectivity. It must be interoperable, scalable, easily managed and highly secure. Critical services and real time applications need to be correctly prioritized. The network needs to provide the users from each department and agency with access to required resources and data while protecting the data and resources from unauthorized users in other departments.
With embedded intelligence that can be fine-tuned to the specific needs of the public sector, Extreme Networks networking solutions are leveraged by State and Local Government Agencies to:
- Ensure the availability of both wired and wireless networking services
- Prioritize critical services and applications
- Enforce role-based access control to protect data confidentiality and preserve data integrity
- Protect existing investments with standards-based interoperability
- Provide the security and reporting tools required to meet compliance mandates
Enabling Government in the Digital Age
Government agencies are being challenged to provide their employees and the citizens they serve with cost effective, high-speed access to online information and resources. For today’s agencies, high quality video, collaboration, social media, VoIP, and multimedia applications have become mission critical services. These applications have placed unprecedented bandwidth and control demands on existing networks. The increasingly rapid deployment of wireless access, datacenter virtualization, and the mandated adoption of Cloud Computing have further complicated network management and control. For federal government agencies, the challenge is determining how to deliver seamless, always-on access to these mission critical services across both the wired and wireless edges of the network. Agencies need to deliver access from laptops, tablets, smartphones and other types of devices, at any time, from any place and from anywhere, while at the same time maximizing efficiencies and cost savings across all areas of the network infrastructure.
Extreme Networks provides a rich set of networking solutions that allow federal government agencies to meet not only today’s needs, but also to be prepared for future demands. Extreme Networks OneFabric is one network environment delivering one network experience to users, regardless of how they connect to the network.
By offering “single-pane-of-glass” management, OneFabric provides agency IT departments with the tools they need for predictive end-to-end visibility that ensures application delivery and performance. With Extreme Networks OneFabric, agencies are able to collapse their wired and wireless edge, distribution and core networks, and their data centers into one centrally-managed fabric for increased network visibility, security and reliability, and provide better mission critical application performance.
Extreme Networks maintains an active product certification and evaluation program for government customers to ensure that the products they use will perform as expected and work with existing infrastructure.
There are several certification standards and organizations including:
UC APL certification is required for all Department of Defense (DoD) agencies to deploy voice solutions that connect to the Defense Switch Network (DSN).
We are UC-APL certified for the following product lines: Extreme Networks S-Series and K-Series modular switching lines, as well as the C-Series stackable switches.
Common Criteria is an internationally recognized methodology for security evaluation and certification that is sanctioned by the International Standards Organization (ISO).
Extreme Networks Network Access Control (also known as NetSight) and Extreme Networks Intrusion Prevention System (also known as Dragon) are certified under Common Criteria as having federal certifications.
U.S. Government IPv6 (USGv6) Profile and subsequent testing program resulted from the directive to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop the technical infrastructure necessary to support wide scale adoption of IPv6 in the US Government (USG).
The Extreme Networks S-Series and K-Series switch/routers have achieved IPv6 certification under both International (IPv6 Ready Logo) and U.S. Government (USGv6) programs. The Department of Defense, federal agencies, and civilian IT installations will be able to confidently deploy Extreme Networks' flow-based switches and OneFabric architecture knowing they will comply with acquisition regulations, meet IPv6 adoption directives and allow the network to transition securely to IPv6.
FIPS 140 ensures proper implementation of cryptographic algorithms and handling of cryptographic keys.
Extreme Networks is pursuing UC, Common Criteria and FIPS certifications for the Extreme Networks Wireless product line, which would allow DoD organizations to take advantage of the benefits of a unified management experience across a wired and wireless Extreme Networks infrastructure without having to sacrifice security or functionality.