Click here to load reader

Bedford County Public Schools Infrastructure Improvement Plan

  • View
    213

  • Download
    0

Embed Size (px)

Text of Bedford County Public Schools Infrastructure Improvement Plan

  • BedfordCountyPublicSchoolsInfrastructureImprovementPlan

    V1.0.1FINAL

  • 1 Bedford County Public Schools Infrastructure Improvement Plan

    Page 1 of 50

    1 EXECUTIVESUMMARY..................................................................................................................3

    2 SCOPEOFTHEPLAN......................................................................................................................4

    3 GOALSANDSTRATEGYRECOMMENDATIONS................................................................................5

    3.1 FACILITIES.........................................................................................................................................53.1.1 ImplementIntegratedVideoSurveillanceandEnvironmentalMonitoringinComputerRoom53.1.2 ImplementCoLocationSitetoHouseTechnologyInfrastructure............................................63.1.3 UtilizeSolarWindstoProactivelyMonitorInfrastructure.........................................................7

    3.2 NETWORKINFRASTRUCTUREANDSERVICES.............................................................................................83.2.1 ContinuetoImproveWideAreaNetworkConnectivity............................................................83.2.2 ImplementNetworkRedundancytoSupportCoLocation.......................................................83.2.3 ImplementRedundantInternetConnection...........................................................................103.2.4 ImplementVLANstoImproveSecurityandPerformance.......................................................123.2.5 ImproveNetworkDistributionandAccessInfrastructurewithinEachSchool........................123.2.6 ImproveDHCPResilience........................................................................................................20

    3.3 SERVERS,STORAGEANDBACKUP........................................................................................................203.3.1 ImplementServerVirtualization.............................................................................................203.3.2 UtilizeCombinationofLocalandCloudBackupstoEnhanceDisasterResilience..................22

    3.4 INFORMATIONANDPHYSICALSECURITY................................................................................................233.4.1 ImplementDMZtoImproveInternetSecurity........................................................................233.4.2 ImplementVideoMatrixtoImproveAccessSecurityandMonitoring...................................243.4.3 WorkwithBedfordCountySheriffsDepartmenttoDeployRemoteVideoAccess................243.4.4 ImplementEnterpriseAccessControltoImproveOverallPhysicalSecurityPosture..............24

    3.5 VIDEODISTRIBUTIONANDCOLLABORATION..........................................................................................253.5.1 TransitiontoaContemporaryStrategytoIntegrateVideointoinstruction...........................263.5.2 CleanUpExistingImplementations........................................................................................29

    3.6 VOICEANDTELEPHONY.....................................................................................................................293.6.1 DevelopPhasedImplementationPlanforContemporaryTelephonySolution.......................303.6.2 MoveResponsibilityforVoiceandTelephonytoInformationTechnology.............................33

    3.7 INFRASTRUCTURESUPPORTINGENDUSERCOMPUTINGTECHNOLOGY........................................................333.7.1 ImplementMobileDeviceManagementSolution..................................................................333.7.2 ReplaceExistingDesktopPrinterswithMoreMultiFunctionDevices....................................343.7.3 ExploreUseofDesktopVirtualization....................................................................................343.7.4 StandardizeonMicrosoftOffice365orGoogleforEducation...............................................35

    3.8 TECHNOLOGYORGANIZATION............................................................................................................363.8.1 EstablishSystemAdministratorPosition................................................................................363.8.2 RestructureNetworkAdministrationFunction.......................................................................373.8.3 EstablishContractforSystemsIntegrationSupport...............................................................37

    4 COSTANDIMPLEMENTATIONSUMMARY....................................................................................38

    4.1 COSTSUMMARY..............................................................................................................................384.2 IMPLEMENTATIONANDPHASESUMMARY.............................................................................................39

    5 APPENDIXAREFERENCES.........................................................................................................42

    6 APPENDIXBCISCO2960XSWITCHFEATUREREFERENCE...........................................................43

    7 APPENDIXCMERAKIACCESSPOINT..........................................................................................44

    8 APPENDIXDVMWAREVSPHERERECOMMENDEDHARDWARECONFIGURATION......................45

  • 2 Bedford County Public Schools Infrastructure Improvement Plan

    Page 2 of 50

    9 APPENDIXEVMWAREVSPHEREESSENTIALSPLUSKIT..............................................................46

    10 APPENDIXFBARRACUDABACKUP............................................................................................49

  • 3 Bedford County Public Schools Infrastructure Improvement Plan

    Page 3 of 50

    1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Prismatic Services completed a school efficiency study for Bedford County Public Schools(BCPS) in May of 2014. One of the recommendations from this study was for BCPS to complete an Infrastructure Improvement Plan for technology. The goal of this plan is to set forth future state strategies for technology infrastructure that will support overall strategic initiatives in education for BCPS.

    The process to develop this plan was a multi-step process which involved completing a Technology Assessment culminating in the Technology Assessment Report. This report documented the current state of the infrastructure and identified strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats which could impact the technology infrastructure and related services. Information identified during this assessment was utilized as input to develop the future state goals and strategies which are reflected in this plan.

    Overall, the results of the assessment and the outlook for BCPS moving forward are positive. BCPS has built a strong foundation for technology infrastructure which is currently working well to support schools in the district. Being able to connect all schools in the district together over a network with reasonable speed and throughput given the challenging geography is a significant positive. The computer room at the School Board Office hosts servers supporting key applications which all schools rely upon including PowerSchool and Hartland Caf Enterprise. In addition, all schools rely on technology in this room to be able to access the Internet which is critical during SOL testing. Recent improvements to power and environmental controls have greatly improved this environment. However, this is currently no fire suppression in the computer room. In the event of a local disaster in this room or the building such as a fire, all schools would be impacted and downtime would be significant.

    The network infrastructure at the schools in the district presents one of the greatest challenges moving forward. The network cabling at many of the schools will not allow the networks to be upgraded to accommodate necessary speed and bandwidth to meet new demands such as 1-to-1 initiatives. Completely re-cabling these schools would be too costly so it will be important for the district to look toward wireless technology to bridge this gap. While wireless has been deployed at each school, coverage and capacity are currently not adequate to meet future state needs.

    Recent studies confirm that voice and video are two of the most important technologies for schools to utilize for students as well as interacting with parents. Currently, phone systems in the schools do not support basic functions which are important to teachers and parents such as an automated attendant function and voice mail. Most schools do not have phones in the classrooms presenting challenges for teachers to communicate. Existing capabilities to utilize video as an instructional tool within the schools is limited at most schools while a limited number of schools have extensive capabilities which are not fully utilized. As a result, there is little consistency when it comes to utilizing video infrastructure and technology.

    BCPS has been working toward implementing digital video surveillance technology in all schools to improve physical security. While not complete, this initiative is making good

  • 4 Bedford County Public Schools Infrastructure Improvement Plan

    Page 4 of 50

    process. The enterprise platform which has been chosen to support this function is a robust platform which will serve the district into the future. At the current time, there is a mix of old and new technology serving these needs. Video surveillance technology is being used primarily after the fact to view historic events. Every school could improve upon physical security by deploying a monitor in a prominent location in the offices of the schools to allow administrative personnel to actively monitor entrances and other current activities.

    The strategies defined in this plan

Search related