Transforming Education Delivery


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The Abu Dhabi Education Council implements the Intel® Xeon® processor-based Cisco Unified Computing System™ for sweeping infrastructure upgrades to create a new, world-class education model.

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Transforming Education Delivery

  1. 1. Unleashing IT Transforming education delivery Cisco and Intel® partnering in innovation The Abu Dhabi Education Council implements sweeping infrastructure upgrades to create a new, world-class education model. Abu Dhabi, the political, cultural, and industrial center of the United Arab Emirates, has a vision: Establish one of the five best public education systems in the world. Key to this vision is the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), which develops and implements educational policies, plans, and programs in accordance with national development goals. More specifically, ADEC is tasked with developing world-class learners, students who are prepared and able to contribute to a sustainable, knowledge-based society. And the organization is doing so through the use of technology. “In the past, our education system relied on a traditional classroom, pedagogy, and methodology in terms of delivering content and executing business processes,” says Mohammad Younes, division manager of information and communications technology for ADEC. “Our goal was to introduce change gradually and create a new, technology-driven education model. We had to pursue transformation in three key pillars: physical infrastructure, IT infrastructure, and business applications.” Infrastructure upgrades ADEC targeted all of Abu Dhabi’s 269 public schools for infrastructure and application upgrades, leveraging the expertise of Cisco® Advanced Services to meet its aggressive scale and timeframe requirements. The first phase comprised cabling and switching for an advanced network that offers both wired and wireless connectivity within the schools. The network connects to a centralized data center for administration and monitoring, and delivers a host of new business applications—from student information, scholarship, and library management systems to finance, procurement, and business intelligence systems. “Before the infrastructure transformation, we had very few systems that could support process efficiency,” says Younes. “We had many different legacy systems, which were complex and hard to manage. The new infrastructure has enabled a level of consolidation and centralization that we could have never contemplated before. Now, we have one system for all of the schools.” The second phase focused on wide area network (WAN) optimization, which enhanced connectivity by up to 80 percent and made it easier to access the business applications. Phase three involves data center virtualization, leveraging the Intel® Xeon® processor-based Cisco Unified Computing System™ for greater consolidation, environmental savings, and administrative flexibility. “Private cloud is one of our key priorities now that we’ve transformed and virtualized our infrastructure,” he says. “In the past, if one teacher in one school wanted to teach students on a Linux server, it would have taken six months of provisioning. With the current platform, we can provision in five minutes and de-provision just as easily upon project completion. Giving business users the ability to self-provision has a whole host of advantages including time, cost, SLA, licensing, cooling, and energy savings. It’s early days for us, but I expect the business impact to be significant.”
  2. 2. Unleashing IT A focus on outcomes With the infrastructure project largely completed, Younes can focus on what comes next. In addition to a private cloud, he is eager to implement a learning management platform that supports virtual teaching, digital content, and online interactivity. In all of the projects, Younes is more focused on the educational results than the technology itself. “This transformation isn’t about IT, although IT played an important role in enabling it,” says Younes. “It’s about improving the learning outcomes of students. Everything we did, from strategy and design to planning and implementation, had the student experience in mind. And I feel we have the foundation in place to truly transform education delivery.” Workshop: Accelerate your cloud journey In this complimentary workshop, the Cisco Domain Ten™ framework is used to assess the current state of your data center environment and create a custom roadmap for cloud acceleration and success. To qualify, visit: This article first appeared online at, available after subscribing at © 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco, the Cisco logo, Cisco Unified Computing System, and Domain Ten are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. To view a list of Cisco trademarks, go to this URL: Third party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. (1309) Intel, the Intel logo, Xeon, and Xeon Inside are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.