Streamlined Communications for Higher Education: IP and Virtualization

    Many universities boast a department of communications for students, but what about the technology keeping those institutions’ internal communications running smoothly? Higher education providers must guarantee first-rate communication services and resources for their growing community of users. What this oftentimes boils down to is taking antiquated IT infrastructure and replacing it with a state-of-the-art, virtualized environment. 

    Before we get into what a virtualized environment entails, let’s get through the basics. IT environments within academic facilities used to include physical servers operating across the campus. Not only was this more costly, but it made disaster recovery and business continuity efforts unnecessarily laborious. For instance, earlier this year, Yale University learned a lesson in technology awareness when it experienced an unexpected 80-minute power outage due to a malfunctioning cable.

    A Simpler Solution

    A virtualized, IP communications environment enables educational institutions to run multiple operating systems via one physical machine—all of which can run on multiple different servers. This way, if a blackout suddenly sweeps campus, the school’s IT administrator can access the central, physical machine via a remote server to ensure that all documents, projects and important files that were opened can be kept safe and restored.  

    Not sure where to begin? Mitel has helped universities of all sizes and specialties realize a plethora of benefits after adopting our IP and unified communications solutions. We’ve not only helped institutions reduce backup space requirements by up to 50 percent, but we’ve helped improve recovery time by over 75 percent and enabled clients to drastically lower hardware and energy costs. Click here to learn how Spalding University benefited from their UC solution.