If someone from the 19th century was teleported to witness a mathematics class in action in the year 2016, I would pay to see their astonished looks! From smart board interactions to children fiddling with iPads absorbing all the knowledge the world has to offer through the world wide web, it is needless to say that technology has come leaps and bounds in the education sector.

Digitalisation is bringing about sweeping changes in the education sector. The Internet is now the principal enabling mechanism by which students assemble, spread ideas and sow economic opportunities. Hence, it is imperative that IT infrastructure can support a refreshed mode of engagements at today’s learning institutions. F5 understands apps at its core and we are able to use that knowledge to optimise network and application performance while reducing infrastructure complexity.

I am delighted to say that F5 is helping to transform the education sector one school at a time by optimising the delivery of apps and safeguarding networks, apps, and users from today’s sophisticated threats.

Without the necessary services to support applications, education institutions will not be able to meet the students’ needs for fast, secure and always available apps and information.  

Our recent example of transforming schools include Catholic Education South Australia (CESA), the parent body that directs policy development for Catholic schools in South Australia. CESA created an intelligent and agile infrastructure that is more application-centric to securely deliver optimised applications to its stakeholders with F5.

CESA works in partnership with Catholic schools across South Australia to provide a range of facilities and resources to support Catholic education and families. Their focus is to promote excellence in teaching and learning for the 6,000 staff and 49,000 students across 103 Catholic schools.

F5 solutions  BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM),  Access Policy Manager (APM) and Application Security Manager (ASM) modules enables CESA to scale applications to meet significant demands from schools and students with greater agility, as well as to wrap a security layer around all of its services to protect vital educational assets.

In the 21st century, the integration of technology within the education sector can fundamentally transform how learning is received and delivered. Technology in the digital era has created a new level of personalised learning.

I am excited to see how much more the education sector will pleasantly surprise more people in the coming years especially as applications and users’ needs continue to evolve.