HUNTINGTON, NY and SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 17, 2016 – Teq today announced an exclusive partnership with CloudGenix to provide its revolutionary SD-WAN solution to school districts nationwide. With CloudGenix, districts will improve network performance, gain insight into the applications running on their networks, while lowering their capital and operational expenses. These are all key benefits as school districts and universities become more reliant on cloud applications for online assessment and digital curriculum.
“CloudGenix transforms the way networks are built,” says Kumar Ramachandran, CEO and founder of CloudGenix. “We remove the need for proprietary hardware at branch locations – in this case, the individual schools that make up a district – and dramatically improve WAN price-performance.”
Just like the Waze app on your smart phone reroutes you as you drive to avoid traffic, CloudGenix intelligently routes application data to improve network performance. In addition, district IT leaders can prioritize traffic for critical applications. They can also see, at the device level, if there are applications utilizing too much bandwidth.
“K-12 tech directors face a number of challenges, from limited resources to the rising cost of legacy products and CloudGenix will address these pain points,” says Chris Hickey, President of Teq. “In New York, the BOCES continue to provide strong IT support, and we hope to partner closely with them to bring this product to customers. I am extremely confident that CloudGenix can reduce costs and improve performance for schools. Teq will be offering free CloudGenix implementations to any qualified district via our new 'Teq Squad' service.”
According to CoSN’s (The Consortium for School Networking) 2015 Annual E-rate and Infrastructure Survey, affordability remains the primary obstacle for robust connectivity in many schools. At the same time, network speed and capacity pose significant challenges for schools. According to the survey.
·19% of responding school systems are paying $50/Mbps or more per month for their Internet connection, and 18% pay the same high rate for their WAN connection. CloudGenix enables a diverse carrier strategy to address insufficient bandwidth needs by making all available connectivity paths active/active. Schools with the CloudGenix solution transition away from expensive MPLS or Internet links to a more affordable bandwidth strategy like Internet and LTE to save money and improve end-user experience.
·More than 68% of school systems do not have sufficient Internet bandwidth for the present and the coming 18 months. The CloudGenix solution gives school systems insight into all of the applications running across the schools’ network and details how the bandwidth is being utilized. Applications that are recreational or non-essential can be whitelisted or blocked from traversing the schools’ network to better optimize the available bandwidth.
·One in four respondents projected 100% to 499% growth for Internet connectivity driven by online assessments, digital content and more student devices. CloudGenix helps schools plan for accelerated application and device-count growth while retaining visibility into how those applications are performing. With CloudGenix, we support up to six individual networks and connectivity sources like commodity internet, LTE, satellite, and MPLS, all of which can be added within minutes.
CloudGenix can move district networking from an “active/backup” environment to an “active/active” environment – utilizing all of the lines a district has to improve performance. Traditionally, backup lines are costly and rarely used. With CloudGenix, districts can make use of the bandwidth, or eliminate a backup line in favor of less expensive connectivity options.
“This is a great opportunity for districts to lower their IT costs while improving the online experience for teachers and students,” says Teq CEO Damian Scarfo. “When evaluating CloudGenix, we also liked that our customers could try it before committing to it. CloudGenix will run in parallel to their existing network without impacting it, so a district can make a very informed decision about the product.”
Free trials of CloudGenix SD-WAN are currently available from Teq. In New York, Teq is looking to partner with the 37 BOCES throughout the state, when providing this solution. Product demonstrations are also being conducted at Teq’s Huntington Station location. K-12 districts, colleges, and universities can register their interest in a free trial by going to http://www.teq.com/cloudgenixtrial
Dedicated to championing the evolution of the modern classroom, Teq has provided solutions to improve student learning since 1972. Its professional development team of education professionals works closely to empower educators, leverage and improve technology integration, and increase student achievement and success in the Common Core curriculum. Teq provides clients with a unique blend of experienced service, innovative products, and incomparable support while fostering passion and creativity in the twenty-first century learning environment. The company is headquartered in Huntington Station, NY.
CloudGenix (www.cloudgenix.com) is the software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) leader, revolutionizing networking by transforming legacy WANs into a radically simplified, secure, application-defined fabric and virtualizing heterogeneous underlying transports into a unified hybrid WAN. Enabling application-specific, service-level agreements (SLAs), CloudGenix controls network application performance based upon application-performance SLAs and business priority. CloudGenix ION (Instant-On Network) radically simplifies how WANs are designed and managed, enabling customers to build “Networks without Networking” and achieve more than twice the performance at less than half the cost – leading to a much faster time-to-value once deployed – and extending datacenter-class security to the network edge. Founded in 2013 by a team that has previously delivered industry-leading products in networking, SDN, cloud, security and web-scale applications, CloudGenix serves world-class financial services, legal, retail and technology organizations. The company is backed by Bain Capital Ventures, Charles River Ventures and the Mayfield Fund and has headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif.
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