Vertiv, a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, the new developments in the Philippine educational sector’s plan to fully adopt the blended learning approach reinforces educational institutions’ need to gear up their IT (information technology) networks.
“In recent years, we have seen how the education sector continues to harness technology to provide impeccable learning experiences for students,” said Jason Lim, country manager of Vertiv Philippines. “But when pandemic happened, it accelerated the need for schools to embrace new solutions to enable blended learning systems.”
According to Vertiv, in the blended learning approach, educators combine face-to-face and digital experiences usually delivered as part of a physical classroom experience. To enable this setup, the company said schools need to ensure that their IT networks are always available to equip their educators with essential tools, systems, and other materials to enable mobile learning.
Lim also noted that since students, teachers, and non-teaching staff still have limited time going to their campus, the visibility, access, control, and management of all IT assets remains a challenge for IT managers. This is crucial to ensure smooth operations, especially when schools need to change their learning approach for their students.
Maintaining these assets also helps prevent cyberattacks and other threats, particularly with the increasing personal information stored online and personal devices connected to the IT network. Some schools even use digital tools to enable safety protocols, such as checking temperatures and record-keeping of people who go in and out of the campus.
To help ensure the school’s critical data center’s availability, Vertiv has innovated a range of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions that allow IT Managers to monitor the school’s IT infrastructure even remotely.
Vertiv’s full-range of Liebert UPS, which, the company said, are future-proof, eco-friendly, and highly efficient, can help schools improve their IT network’s uptime. It can cover the IT infrastructure’s backup power needs, from small computer rooms at the network edge to enterprise and hyperscale data centers.
For schools that support critical data volumes, Vertiv’s SmartCabinet, a fully integrated micro data center solution, can provide an intelligent and integrated infrastructure that allows IT departments to deploy a data center quickly, even in tight locations.
Vertiv’s SmartCabinet is a solution that combines power, thermal management, and IT management in a simple, rapidly deployable design, making it ideal for schools that need to deploy IT infrastructure quickly across different locations. It also allows IT managers to standardize processes and centrally manage applications and infrastructure remotely while still providing low latency computing, which is crucial for hybrid learning setups.
With remote IT management and Vertiv’s deployment services and remote IT management capabilities, it reduces expensive truck rolls. It allows the SmartCabinet solution to significantly reduce the total cost of ownership compared to traditional approaches.
Vertiv’s SmartCabinet solution is also easy to deploy with Vertiv’s standardization, factory integration, and industry-leading deployment services.
Security risks are also decreased with its rights-based access and control, optional onsite intrusion, prevention, detection, and video surveillance. It also helps reduce downtime risks with its secure remote IT management, online double-conversion uninterruptible power supplies, and next-day onsite emergency services.
Aside from these solutions, Vertiv also aims to support the education sector by bringing together cutting-edge solutions to ensure uninterrupted operations, optimal performance, and scalability of data centers, communication networks, and other critical IT facilities.