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California Schools Deploy Wired/Wireless Solution Cost-Effectively

March 6, 2012 at 9:27 am PST

It’s no secret that K-12 public schools in California are seeing declining state funding. One estimate shows that the state now spends $500 - $1,000 less per student than it did in 2007 – 2008. The budget shortfalls are making the schools more judicious when they implement new IT technologies for students. Merced County Office of Education (MCOE) in California is one such organization that was recently involved in rolling out a wired/wireless solution.

MCOE works with more than 20 school districts serving more than 60,000 students. The schools needed more bandwidth to support the growing use of mandatory online testing of students. The teachers were also increasing their use of online resources including videos, presentations, and websites.

“The need for technology upgrades is there, but the financial flexibility is often not, because the basic infrastructure is lacking,” says Dr. Steven E. Gomes, superintendent of MCOE. “Many of the smaller rural schools were not wired for Internet connectivity, so we needed a solution that could reliably bring wired and wireless access to schools throughout the county without major investments in physical infrastructure.”

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RSA 2012 Reflections

Watch this video blog to see and hear Cisco CSO John N. Stewart reflect on the recently completed RSA 2012 conference in which John shares his thoughts and perspective on this year’s edition of the busy security conference.

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Transportation Woes? $4 Gas Is Not A Simple Repeat Now That We’re More Connected

March 1, 2012 at 9:22 am PST

How high does the price of gas have to go for you to start working from home, carpool, or take public transportation?

Gas prices in the San Francisco Bay Area have jumped above $4 per gallon. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report shows national average prices around the $3.70 level. I take public transportation from time to time. When gas prices first hit the $4 mark back in mid 2008, I saw a dramatic jump in public transportation ridership. I remember passengers packed like sardines on buses and light rail trains during the commute hours, scenes that you would normally see on the streets of Beijing or Tokyo. 

Is history simply repeating itself with $4 gas in 2008 and $4 gas today?

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Router Security: Ready for Primetime

I have a confession: I’m a technology late-adopter. On Rogers’ Innovation Adoption bell curve, I probably fall somewhere in the ‘late majority’ --  I like the tried and true.

But with a few years and many advances, I’m back on Facebook (my short experience with it left me with privacy paranoia),  and if you can believe it, I’m now an iPhone user. I appreciate not lugging around my iPod, and having a camera ready whenever I need it, but it’s not only the extra bells on the integrated device that has impressed me - it’s the realization that I don’t have to compromise functionality to have it all.

Another technology that has made a lot of strides since its entry into the market is integrated router security. Read More »

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Three Pitfalls to Avoid While “Hitching your Wagon to the Cloud” (Pitfall 1: WAN Does Not Matter)

Last week at the Cloud Connect 2012 conference in Santa Clara, I was sharing a panel with industry colleagues representing the most prominent vendors in the application optimization, cloud infrastructure and network acceleration space . The topic was “hitching your wagon to the cloud”, discussing the importance of the network, particularly WAN, to make your cloud deployments successful. Folks talked about interesting concepts like “stateless branch office”, and “nirvana of Internet as WAN” before someone in the audience retorted, “I need solutions that help me deal with reality!” Read More »

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