Net admins set free in Liberty Township
ApplianSys is pleased to announce that Lakota Local School District, Ohio, has replaced its Windows solution with DNSBOX to handle increasing demand from its bring-your-own-device (BYOD) network.
As part of its BYOD scheme, the district operates a separate guest network to handle around 15,000 student devices, including mobile phones and iPads.
Previously, a Microsoft-based solution handled DNS and DHCP services, but with a growing number of devices to handle, Lakota Local’s Infrastructure and Operations Manager David Reder knew it was no longer fit for the job.
With the district’s BYOD scheme expanding there was no way of ensuring a reliable DHCP service to keep devices connected. In addition, failover was difficult to set up on Microsoft servers.
David decided to replace the servers with a redundant DHCP solution and quickly found ApplianSys’ DNSBOX to be ideal, and well within the school’s budget.
A pair of redundant DNSBOX200 DHCP servers have now been deployed to handle the district’s guest network, providing high availability and easy failover.
In addition, authoritative and recursive DNS services operate on each of the DNSBOX200 servers – running in separate sandboxed environments – offering further advantages to the district:
- The ability to keep harmful search engine results away from students. Using authoritative DNS the school can control which version of, for example, Google’s search engine results the students can see – making it safer for students to access content using their own devices
- High performance recursive DNS services to ensure students can always access content
- As a secure, appliance-based solution – far easier to manage and maintain than Microsoft servers, with much lower operating costs
“The requirement for connectivity and high-performance DNS will continue to grow as more devices join the thousands already connected to the district’s guest network. With DNSBOX, Lakota Local SD can ensure this service is always fast, secure and reliable,” states DNSBOX Product Manager, Magdalena Jovanovic.
Established in 1957, Lakota Local School District is located in Liberty Township, OH, USA. It caters for over 16,500 students and has over 970 teachers and staff members. The district has twenty schools in total – 4 Early Childhood Schools, 10 Elementary, 4 Junior and 2 High Schools.