Right from filing admission by prospective students to administering exams more and more colleges are going the e-way. Campus wide internet availability and Wi-Fi enabled classrooms are ubiquitous in today's academic institutions. Educational Institutions rank at the top when it comes to harnessing the latest in technology. Especially technologies that seek to eliminate the constraints of time and distance and make learning possible from anywhere are well received. The backbone of this capability is interenet. Being that, it is vital that educational institutions have a proper system in place to monitor the health of their networks and the bandwidth availability.
A question of reputation
Often researchers at universities use the internet as a principal form of communicating their research findings - including means such as tele-conferencing and webinar based streaming videos. These session are often attended by researchers from other premier institutions and laboratories. In such events even the slightest glitch in the network reflects badly on the faculty member and the academic institution. So it's well in order that proper mechanisms exist in place that help the network administrators to ensure that the network is always up and running.
A Case in Point
A community college based in NewYork wants to conduct a webinar for its distance education students. As a number of students access its session, the bandwidth requirements
The Solution : NetFlow Analyzer as a tool to monitor the network
In such a situation a bandwidth monitoring that makes available details pertaining to bandwidth consumption in the last 6 months, the daily bandwidth usage pattern in the last 1 month, the top applications that consume bandwidth empowers the network administrator to take an educated decision and there by make the suitable bandwidth provision or apply appropriate rules to ensure the webinar goes unaffected during the specific time duration.