Our Data Network…
A challenge and an opportunity for improvement!
Background Information
• Growth, growth and more growth!
   – Steady increase in student population
   – More schools, mor...
What’s the Problem?
• Slow downs, time outs & network issues

• Email, web pages, food services data, student
  informatio...
How Big of a Problem is It?

• From a site within the district, it took
  longer than 5 minutes to load:
   – District Web...
Show Me Some Data!
                                                        Thursday
                                      ...
Finding Solutions
• Multiple solutions were researched :
   –   Build a fiber network to all schools
   –   Upgrade existi...
Recommended Solutions
• 1.) Upgrade the main internet connection for
  all outgoing and incoming network traffic.
   – Cur...
• DMS or DVMS to serve as the “hub” for point to
  point wireless connections
• Connection speeds of 125-300 mbs
• Current...
DVMS Tower




DMS Rooftop
Location of
            Wireless
            Antennae




                          200 Ft.


Estimated 30-40 feet
higher ...
Fiber Optics
               • Install fiber
                 between DHS
                 and DGS
               • 1 gigab...
Fiber Connections
Estimated Cost
• One time cost for equipment
  and installation= $143,000

• Additional monthly costs for
  increased inte...
Questions and Next Steps
•Need consensus from the board to move forward (not an action item)
•If we can act now, we can im...
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Dunlap Network Update

  1. 1. Our Data Network… A challenge and an opportunity for improvement!
  2. 2. Background Information • Growth, growth and more growth! – Steady increase in student population – More schools, more staff and more technology • The focus on 21st Century learning has created a demand for ever increasing bandwidth for multimedia resources. • The district’s current network design is based on Cable modems – “Shares” bandwidth with other companies or residents in the local geographic area • We’ve outgrown our network!
  3. 3. What’s the Problem? • Slow downs, time outs & network issues • Email, web pages, food services data, student information system, finance and payroll, and others are barely working. • Outside users (parents, community, etc.) are frustrated with the time it takes to access District resources. • District served by Comcast and Mediacom • Powerschool is struggling to function
  4. 4. How Big of a Problem is It? • From a site within the district, it took longer than 5 minutes to load: – District Web Site – High School Web Page • From outside the district, it can take as long as 15 minutes to load (during the school day)
  5. 5. Show Me Some Data! Thursday May 6th Wednesday May 5th End of the Start of the school day school day End of the school day Start of the school day
  6. 6. Finding Solutions • Multiple solutions were researched : – Build a fiber network to all schools – Upgrade existing cable modem network – Purchase circuits such as T1 lines – Point to point wireless • Selection criteria included: – Cost of implementation/installation – Monthly/recurring costs – Timeliness of implementation – Scalability – Meet needs now and in the future
  7. 7. Recommended Solutions • 1.) Upgrade the main internet connection for all outgoing and incoming network traffic. – Current: 2 Megabit up and 20 Megabit down on a cable modem connection – Proposed: 50 Megabit up and 50 Megabit down on a fiber network connection (Mediacom) • 2.) Upgrade the connections between each site to handle network traffic. – Current: 2 Megabit up and 20 Megabit down on a cable modem connection – Proposed: 125-300 Megabit up and 125-300 Megabit down on point to point wireless system
  8. 8. • DMS or DVMS to serve as the “hub” for point to point wireless connections • Connection speeds of 125-300 mbs • Currently, we have 2mbs between schools
  9. 9. DVMS Tower DMS Rooftop
  10. 10. Location of Wireless Antennae 200 Ft. Estimated 30-40 feet higher than roof of DMS
  11. 11. Fiber Optics • Install fiber between DHS and DGS • 1 gigabit connection • Basically the same cost as installing wireless
  12. 12. Fiber Connections
  13. 13. Estimated Cost • One time cost for equipment and installation= $143,000 • Additional monthly costs for increased internet bandwidth= $1350 month
  14. 14. Questions and Next Steps •Need consensus from the board to move forward (not an action item) •If we can act now, we can implement the solution by mid-July

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