Diocese of San Bernardino Adopts Wi-Fi And Network Management Solution

The Diocese of San Bernardino recently selected Aerohive's cloud-based wireless solution to provide controller-less Wi-Fi and central network management to all 29 schools, in addition to integrated support for their AirWatch MDM product which provides a comprehensive solution for managing iPads to support their 1to1 initiative.

The Diocese of San Bernardino was established in 1978 by Pope Paul VI. It serves over 1.2 million Catholics and spans San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Prior to 1978, San Bernardino and Riverside counties were part of the Diocese of San Diego. There are a total of 29 Catholic schools within the Diocese of San Bernardino, including three high schools, 23 K-8 schools and three pre-schools. The diocesan focuses on areas of greatest concern including youth, evangelization, unity in diversity, stewardship of resources, leadership and organizational structures.

Prior to Aerohive, none of the 29 schools falling within the Diocese of San Bernardino possessed a solid wireless infrastructure. Without an enterprise-class Wi-Fi solution, this environment posed several network management limitations to IT including inconsistent device management. In addition, the Diocese of San Bernardino was looking to deploy a 1to1 program – providing one iPad for every one student – at several of the schools, and the previous wireless infrastructure was not able to support this important initiative. These issues, coupled with limited IT budget and, staff made it clear that the Diocese needed to find an enterprise-grade wireless solution. Faced with these requirements, Dale Jonasson, director of information technology services, began his search for a robust Wi-Fi solution.

Ultimately, Aerohive was chosen for its cloud-based, cost-effective wireless solution that provided central network management. The Diocese of San Bernardino is currently utilizing Aerohive’s AP120s, AP330s, HiveManager Online, ID Manager, and SR2024s for their network solution which also provides integrated enrollment support for their AirWatch MDM (mobile device management) solution.

With HiveManager Online, the Diocese of San Bernardino has the ability to centrally manage the network and can access the system from any Internet connected device. This cloud-based solution enables real-time network visibility and provides IT with information to simplify troubleshooting across distributed environments.

Built on the HiveOS operating system, Aerohive’s SR platform offers gigabit switching and provides the Diocese of San Bernardino with the ability to remotely configure and manage cloud-based services such as on-demand provisioning and hands-free configuration and updates.

The integrated support for AirWatch MDM allows the Diocese to support their 1to1 initiative with automated device enrollment and re enrollment, app distribution and updates and comprehensive monitoring and reporting.