A BYOD program requires a solid physical infrastructure to support the demand of student devices. Oak Hills uses the following hardware to support this demand. For the most part, we’ve found this configuration capable of handling the demands.
- Strategically positioned to minimize RF interference between each other.
- Provides Approximately 95% building coverage for wireless G standard devices
- Current configuration consists of multiple SSID’s (networks).
- Configuration is being altered to consist of 2 networks, a Staff and Student network, and Guest network.
- Staff and Student network is secured via WEP, and is available to any employee or student utilizing District Owned equipment.
- Guest network is an open SSID, allowing any Student or Staff owned equipment to access the internet.
Because not all students are capable of bringing their own devices, we do provide a number of thin clients to our students. We have approximately 800 thin clients running at our high school.
Our middle schools use netbooks (in year 3 of their projected 5 year life span). The ratio of netbooks is approximately 1 netbook per 2 students.
- 8 Cisco UCS Blade servers in 2, 4 blade, chassis. Each Blade consists of;
- (2) 6 core processors for a total of 12 cores per blade
- 192GB of RAM
- This is a total cluster wide of 96 CPU cores, and 2.3 Terabytes of RAM
- Cisco UCS Fiber interconnect
- Netapp Fiber Channel SAN storage, with 7 TB of storage on SAS 15k RPM drives
- Running VMware ESX, and VMware View 5.
Room for Growth
One area for growth that we’ve targeted is developing cloud based storage for students and staff rather than having the district maintain and monitor servers.