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D-LINK solutions boost network performance for TEXAS school district


New Infrastructure Provides Greater Dependability and Connectivity
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — The Tornillo Independent School District, nestled just outside El Paso, TX, strives to provide outstanding resources for its students and has one of the highest rankings in the region. Recently, the district was awarded funds for a special program that provides discounts to eligible schools and libraries for telecommunication services, Internet access and internal communication.

In the past, all four school campuses - encompassing high school, junior high, intermediate, elementary, and education facilities - were plagued with ineffective Internet connectivity. Sometimes network traffic between district buildings would slow to a crawl or stop altogether, frustrating students, teachers and administrators.

The Tornillo School District earmarked the new funds for a solution to update its aging network to add computer workstations and support new technologies such as Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Web surveillance security cameras that require bandwidth-intensive network capacity. They decided on a 10 Gigabit switching infrastructure with fiber uplinks to boost network performance and improve connectivity for its entire regional infrastructure.

At the helm of the project was Armando Gonzales, Tornillo Independent School District Network Administrator. Ironically, while he first interviewed for the position, the district’s network crashed. “My future boss actually asked me to troubleshoot the problem as part of the interview,” said Gonzales, and he got the job.

“We did our homework, and chose D-Link because they could provide the solution we needed at the best value,” said Gonzales. The district bought 30 D-Link® xStack™ DXS-3350SR switches and 9 DEM-420X XFP 10G uplink modules to connect the switches via fiber between their campuses and administrative buildings.

“The project helped us replace an inadequate foundation with an efficient, reliable 10G network,” said Gonzales. “We’ve gone from four servers to more than 15 - with applications and Internet connectivity running out to about 700 computers. And we just bought another 100 computers for next year as well.”

“Web cams and VoIP traffic place a heavy load on the network,” continued Gonzales. Tornillo’s security camera system uses 40 cameras district-wide and constantly broadcasts video feeds to security monitors and recording systems. Its elementary campus uses a server-based educational application called Voyager, which also required increased network bandwidth.

“The D-Link 10G solution just works wonders for us,” said Gonzales. “Everything’s centralized and I really like the D-Link interface. The graphical display for port illumination is great and very user friendly. My boss likes interfaces that are simple and easy to understand, and I like a bit more detail. The D-Link interface provides the right mix, with a lot of technical information displayed in a good, usable format.”

“We’ve received enthusiastic feedback from teachers and administrators, they’re so impressed with the network,” he continued. “And we’re growing, so it’s nice to know that we have a scalable network that can expand with us.”

“We have a lot of projects in the pipeline,” Gonzales added. “And thanks to D-Link, we’re able to provide a rock-solid network infrastructure to build on.”

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