Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Dallas' Challenge: Upgrade IT but Hold Down High-Tech Costs: Solution: HP Servers Deliver a 370% Boost in Web Access and Speed

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Dallas' Challenge: Upgrade IT but Hold Down High-Tech Costs: Solution: HP Servers Deliver a 370% Boost in Web Access and Speed

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Bringing the Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) up to speed (as well as to a computer-to-student ratio of 3:1, up from its current respectable 4:1) requires, before additional desktops can be contemplated, a massive commitment to upgrading the network. "First, we have to re-create the backbone of the network which we're doing by replacing 180 to 200 servers with HP's DL380G3 ProLiant dual-processor servers for faster processing speeds and considerably increased Internet and network access," says Alden Gaw, executive director for network services, Dallas ISD.

Though HP has been a long-time partner with the Dallas ISD, the bidding for the contract was competitive. "Of course, price was an important factor," says Ruben Bohuchot, associate superintendent/chief technology officer, Dallas ISD. "But we were also looking for a company that could provide us with a total solution. Several vendors offered some creative academic programs, but HP really hit the mark best overall. They listened to our needs, tailored a solution specifically for us and delivered exactly what we asked for.

"Our target is to increase the students' and staffs' Internet access by 370 per cent," says Gaw. "Where there are 100 ports, there will be 370 ports. It's not just more, either--it's more and faster access." The district is also installing secure 802.11b wireless access throughout each school building, he adds.

In fact, the $135 million upgrade--$122 million from E-Rate funds--requires a sweeping re-imagining of the way IT services are provided to Dallas' nearly 164,000 students and 19,000 staffers at its 156 elementary schools, 25 middle schools and 37 high schools. …

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