Texas School District Embraces Extreme Networks Infrastructure to Enable 21st-Century Learning Models

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When the Pearland Independent School District (ISD) administration wanted to update their district-wide PC operating system to Microsoft Windows 7, they faced the prospect of upgrading 12,000 desktop computers across 28 locations for 20,000 students and 2,500 staff members.



  • Daunting prospect of funding thousands of PC upgrades
  • Underpowered network with insufficient throughput
  • Need to support 28 locations, 20,000 students, 2,500 staff
  • Growing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and IP multicast demands
"The particular combination of Extreme products that we chose to upgrade our network is the ideal solution to handle our needs for bandwidth, flexibility, scalability, ease of management, and enhanced network security. It enables us to run dual high-capacity 10 Gigabit links within the Campuses, and it features the Fabric Connect technology, which will enhance our use of Multicast-based applications."
Greg Bartay
Director of Technology, Pearl Independent School District

Extreme Solutions

  • Extreme Fabric Connect
  • Virtual Services Platform 9000 Series
  • Virtual Services Platform 8000 Series
  • Virtual Services Platform 4000 Series
  • Ethernet Routing Switches 4850
  • Identity Engines Ignition® Server in High Availability
  • Identity Engines Ignition® Guest Manager
  • Identity Engines Ignition® Access Portal



  • Dramatic Improvements in network performance, speed-of-deployment, and management functionality
  • IPTV and streaming applications delivered via new IP multicast capabilities
  • Considerable dollar savings anticipated with shift from printed textbooks to newly-enabled online curriculum materials
  • Device authentication, consistent policy application, and comprehensive reporting for wired and wireless systems