Located in Grand Island, Nebraska, Grand Island Public Schools’ 1,500 staff members work with over 10,000 students, from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The district has been a longtime proponent of the importance of technology in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning. Chromebooks are provided to each pupil in grades two to 12.
To support the dramatic growth in network bandwidth commensurate with its increasing use of web-based resources in the classroom, the district embarked on a reevaluation of its infrastructure. Cory Gearhart, Executive Director of IT at Grand Island Public Schools, commented, “A lot of things happened simultaneously. Our legacy firewall was clearly struggling with the volume of network traffic, multiple maintenance contracts were coming up for renewal, and we were growing tired of having to use a variety of point solutions from different vendors just to see what was occurring on the network.”