Morning Topic: One to One 101
We will discuss 1-1 computing initiatives. Several school districts which have implemented 1-1 programs for students will discuss lessons learned, what to expect, how to prepare and what they would do differently. This includes preparing the network, becoming a certified hardware repair center, mobile device management and logistics (cases, chargers, printing etc).
Afternoon Topic: Network Storage, Hyper-convergence and Virtualization
At the heart of most modern networks is storage and virtualization. Traditional SANs are still widely used however with the advent of Hyper Convergence some schools are consolidating storage back into the virtualized hosts to save complexity, increase redundancy and ease management. We will look at the pros & cons of these new systems, talk to schools who have implemented as well as those that have not and why.
We will also look at Hyper-V and VMware and compare / contrast these two virtualization platforms. Virtual desktops may also be discussed.
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School IT systems are continuing to evolve and increase in complexity. Even with the advent of cloud services there are many systems to manage. Without a robust and reliable networks cloud services can not be reached. Many schools face similar challenges and use similar systems. In an effort to insure that professional development is available to the many men and women behind the scenes the NHCTO Council provides three "System and Network Administrator Days" each year. These workshops are centered around technical discussion with technical people. Sessions are highly interactive and provide opportunity to discuss various solutions to challenges faced by IT departments.