Minimizing Classroom Disruptions with Reliable Hardware
Computing devices used by students are engaged in extreme conditions every day. Students will jostle, bump and drop their computers, with an occasional spill as well. To avoid downtime that impacts learning, you will want to choose durable, reliable machines that can perform in the rigors of the classroom, on the road and at home. Even with the best maintenance, hardware can fail occasionally. One method of determining whether a PC is reliable, is to obtain reliability data by component i.e. the failure rate. Your vendor might be available to provide this data which will help you make an informed decision.
Getting the Most out of Cloud Technologies
A Cloud gives users secure access to their data and applications wherever they are, without clogging up a data center or drawing on IT staff resources. Any PC can connect to a Cloud, but only a Cloud - ready client tells the Cloud about its graphics capabilities, processor, memory, battery capacity, bandwidth and connectivity. This allows resources to be efficiently allocated between Cloud servers, datacenters and the device, optimizing speed and minimizing power usage. On a standard system that is not Cloud-ready, the Cloud would not be able to understand the capabilities and therefore would treat the system as a 'dumb' terminal. With the purpose being reduction of complexity and improving user experience for students and teachers, you should select hardware that is Cloud-ready.
Taking a Layered Approach to Security
Effectively securing your computing environment requires a layered approach which includes endpoint security, lost asset protection and encryption. At the hardware level, asset tracking should be available to centrally track, locate, and secure IT assets within a single Cloud-based console. Depending on your organization’s policy, laptops can be rendered inoperable when they leave the campus. This is a significant disincentive to steal the hardware and can protect sensitive data. Online safety includes protecting students from inappropriate content as well as solicitation, cyber bullying and malicious web proxies. Your PC vendor should have robust security solutions for all the layers which use a combination of hardware and software technologies.
Using Energy - Efficient, Green Products
PCs and monitors are a significant source of energy use in any environment. You should opt for products that meet ENERGY STAR®
5.0 or better criteria. Power management software on the PCs is important and should be purpose built applications. With proper power management, even small efficiencies in the PC fleet can add up to real money savings. For tangible control on the environmental impact, check if the vendor offers bulk packaging for its PC shipments to your school or University. A deployment of 5,000 desktops, for example, could save nearly 10,000kg. in materials. A PC maker’s commitment to the environment will reflect in the design of its products to the manufacturing practices it uses, and its factories are likely to be high on sustainability ratings.
Evaluating Commitment to the Education Sector and Track Record
A PC company that can provide solutions, not just hardware for education will have several research projects and initiatives in place. You should check if the company has delivered solutions in key areas like classroom management and 1:1 computing. Partnerships with other verticals in computing and the actual results of those relationships are clear indicators of commitment. You should consider initiatives that the company has on a global scale. The final check is the actual adoption of the company’s products in education. A greater footprint in education computing means that its products and solutions are delivering on promises of performance, cost, security and innovation and breaking new ground ever so regularly.