Cape Cod Academy - Unified Networking Solutions

Cape Cod Academy meets the BYOD challenge
with HP Networking solutions
Academy triples wireless bandwidth, expands coverage by 20%
and personalizes education
“Cape Cod Academy is redefining pre-K through 12 education on Cape Cod.
BYOD is an important aspect as it speaks to how students learn. Flexibility
is key. We are creating an expanded learning environment where our
teachers and students can work with the technology they know best.”
—Phillip P. Petru, Head of School, Cape Cod Academy
HP customer
case study
College preparatory
academy enables
personal technology for the sake of
K-12 Education
Education at the edge of tomorrow
Dramatically increase wireless bandwidth to meet the
challenge of a sudden mobile device boom
How does technology really change the way people
learn? It’s one thing to type lecture notes on a
laptop instead of writing them by hand in a spiralbound notebook. But what if technology could
enable students to collaborate on writing their own
textbooks? What if students spent their classroom
time working on assignments and their homework time
attending lectures?
Enhance current HP-based network with the flexibility to
accommodate a bring-your-own-device initiative
Technology improvements
• Triples wireless network capacity
• Increases wireless coverage area by 20%
• Enables up to five mobile devices per student
• Builds on existing network core to deliver improved
service levels to staff and students
Business outcomes
• Provides flexibility and choice that enables mobile
• Allows for increased teacher-student interaction time
during classes
• Delivers educational environment beyond the
• Offers capacity to meet current and future bandwidth
That’s the brave new world educators and students at
Cape Cod Academy are stepping into. It’s a reimagining of
educational resources and a restructuring of when, how
and where learning takes place. While teaching can occur
anywhere on campus, at the heart of every Cape Cod
Academy learning experience lies a trusted relationship
that makes deeper understanding possible. Established
in 1976, Cape Cod Academy is an independent day school
in Massachusetts.
Several years ago, school leaders took their first steps
to a truly technology-enabled campus by standardizing
networking with HP. With HP 5400 zl Switch Series at its
core, and 10-gigabit links to HP 3500 yl Switch Series at
the edge, Cape Cod Academy brought its network under
control and opened up a world of possibilities for its
students and staff.
All was fine, with the new network supporting
computer labs, laptops, wireless devices, and enabling
a comprehensive website for student-teacher
communication and the school’s student information
system. But change was on the horizon again: The mobile
device revolution was just around the corner, and nobody
could have predicted the challenges or the opportunities
that came with it.
The mobile revolution comes to
“We thought we had been thinking ahead when we built
the network the first time,” recalls Phillip Petru, head of
school at Cape Cod Academy. “We thought we were going
to have plenty of bandwidth.”
Initially, this was true. But the explosion in mobile
technology came quickly. “At the beginning of last school
year, less than a quarter of our students were bringing
their own wireless devices,” Petru says. “After the
holiday break, that number increased dramatically. When
the students came back in January, half of our grade 7-12
students were suddenly showing up to school with
wireless devices—some of them with multiple devices.”
Within a day, the network was flooded with traffic. The
school’s network had the capacity for 255 possible
devices, but it wasn’t near enough. “We were faced with
double that traffic with almost no warning. We were
getting complaints that people couldn’t get onto the
network,” Petru says.
Bring on BYOD
Thrust into the midst of the bring-your-own-device
(BYOD) world, the school embraced change and took up
the challenge. “We considered Cisco, Aruba Networks
and Ruckus Wireless, but when it came down to it, we
chose to continue with wireless solutions from HP,”
explains Mary Beth Bergh, director of technology at Cape
Cod Academy.
To design the new wireless network, the school’s
leadership turned to Unified Networking Solutions,
an HP partner who has been a technology advisor to
Cape Cod Academy for the past six years and is now
the school’s managed service provider for network,
servers, storage, and endpoints. The team deployed an
HP MSM765 Premium Mobility Controller, HP MSM460
Access Points and HP Indoor-Outdoor Dual-Band MIMO
Antennas before the start of the new school year.
Securing the guest network
Unified Networking Solutions is no stranger to campuswide deployments of HP Networking solutions. With
a specialty in educational environments in the Cape
Cod area, the team at Unified knows the importance
of building flexible and secure networks to support
learning. “We saw what Unified Networking Solutions
and HP had done at another private school, and knew
that was the direction we wanted to take,” Petru recalls.
To secure the BYOD deployment, the team configured
a separate wireless guest network using HP Identity
Driven Manager Software Series (IDM) to centrally define
policy-based network access rights. “The design gives
students on the guest network access to the Internet as
well as their own school-related files and on-campus
print services while keeping the school’s internal
network off limits,” explains Howard Cathcart, director of
engineering for Unified Networking Solutions.
For a student on campus, the guest network becomes
available on their mobile device and an authentication
screen is presented when the user first activates a web
browser. To proceed, the student must enter his or her
student username and password.
Tripling wireless capacity
The solution triples the logon capacity of its previous
wireless solution while increasing network robustness
and physical range by approximately 20%. More
importantly, it’s a solution that meets the needs of the
school’s technology-enabled students.
“BYOD is really exciting because it speaks to how kids
learn,” explains Petru. “Flexibility is key. We’re not telling
everybody, ‘hey, you have to use this particular laptop if
you’re going to be on our network.’ We’re creating a place
where our students can bring and use the technology
they’re already familiar with.”
In some cases that might mean multiple pieces of
technology. “Our HP wireless upgrade actually provides
enough bandwidth for each student and faculty member
to have multiple wireless devices available at any given
moment,” Bergh says. “Some students are really great at
taking notes on a smartphone, some prefer to do that on
a laptop or tablet computer. By giving them the choice,
we’re preparing them for the real world. We’re also
trying to prepare the school for the expected growth and
change in the number and type of wireless devices.”
Whether collaborating over the network on a wiki-based
textbook, or using a smartphone to take a photo of an
assignment instead of writing it down, the HP wireless
solution has given Cape Cod Academy students choices
that integrate technology into their own personal
learning style.
It’s also giving students the option of watching
classroom lectures at home and using class time
with the instructor to ask questions and complete
assignments. “Video streaming with our HP network is
really letting us experiment with a ‘flipped classroom’
where the time spent with the instructor can really
become more valuable to the students,” Petru relates.
“It’s a really exciting concept, and another example
of how technology is changing the way we think
about education.”
About Cape Cod
Cape Cod Academy, an
independent day school
in Massachusetts, is
committed to redefining
pre K-12 education on
Cape Cod. At the heart of
every Cape Cod Academy
learning experience lies
a trusted relationship
that makes deeper
understanding possible.
Cape Cod Academy is a
valuable resource for
all those raising and
educating children on the
About Unified
Unified Networking
Solutions, Inc. provides
best practice IT solutions
and 24/7 IT support
to SMBs, enterprise,
government, as well
and both public and
private educational
organizations. The Unified
team plans, designs,
procures, implements, and
maintains any IT project,
from desktop refreshes
to server virtualization
projects, storage upgrades,
networking deployments,
wireless expansions, or
private cloud designs.
Infrastructure for the future
The network is bookended by servers and storage from
HP in the data center and HP desktops and laptops at
the endpoint. With communication, administration, and
educational applications being delivered via HP ProLiant
DL380 Servers and HP P2000 MSA Dual Controller
storage systems, and accessed by HP Compaq 8200
Elite and 6400 series PCs and HP 8460p EliteBooks,
the campus is kept in touch and online with the help of
HP technology.
It’s an infrastructure that school leaders can trust as the
campus takes new steps into the future while shrinking
their IT infrastructure footprint today. Since deploying
ProLiant servers and virtualization software from
VMware, the school has consolidated 10 physical servers
down to just two. Besides saving on power and cooling,
the HP Converged Infrastructure is giving the school
the power and flexibility to embark on a new project for
the secure delivery of desktops next year. The virtual
desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployment will further
simplify endpoint maintenance and security at the
school, allowing for a seamless technology experience
across the campus.
Customer solution
at a glance
• HP 5400 zl Switch Series
• HP 3500 yl Switch Series
• HP MSM765 zl Premium Mobility Controller
• HP MSM460 Access Points
• HP Indoor-Outdoor Dual-Band MIMO Antennas
• HP ProLiant DL380 Servers
• HP P2000 G3 FC MSA Dual Controller Storage System
• HP Compaq 8200 Elite PC
• HP Compaq 6400 PC
• HP EliteBook 8440p and 8460p Notebook PCs
• HP PCM+ Network Management Platform
• HP Identity Driven Manager (IDM) Software Series
Operating Systems:
• Microsoft Windows Server 2008R2
Network Protocol:
For now, it’s enough to know that the school’s systems
are doing what they can to prepare students for the
technology-enabled world they’ll experience in the
universities and jobs in which they eventually find
themselves. “HP is helping us take education beyond
the classroom, and we feel good knowing that we’re
partnered with a company that is going to be around
in a volatile market,” Petru explains. “If we need parts
or service from HP in 15 years, I know we’ll be able to
get them.”
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