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Modern campuses aren't exactly by the books

Buildings, desks, and thousands of pounds of coffee beans—looks like a college campus. And while some might argue that caffeine keeps everything running, what’s really underneath a secure, modern campus are all the network connections you can’t see.

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Discover how Cisco helps your network redefine education.

Sure, it’s a dorm room, but it’s also a safe space where students can join a course, watch yesterday’s lecture, brainstorm with classmates on a group project, and review online material before an exam. 

Classrooms might have walls, but online collaboration with experts worldwide and virtual field trips mean students gain knowledge and participate in projects beyond their campus. 

Professors can kick back with a scone and plan lessons, schedule virtual courses, deliver materials, and set up exams easily with tools that seamlessly integrate with their learning management system (LMS). 

Your data center—the muscle behind all those network connections. The end-to-end security, analytics, and application performance management that drives safe learning, collaborating, and innovating across (and beyond) the campus.

Your IT department—the place where all the magic happens. IT keeps a campus running, but that’s just the beginning. It also opens doors to new platforms for educators and new resources for students. And everything the IT department does starts with a secure, dependable, intuitive network.

Built-in network security means systems administrators can provide the kind of access professors, students, administrators, and researchers need to view materials, records, and data. Secure connections enable collaboration and file sharing around the world—without sharing security risks.

Online collaboration between departments both on campus and across institutions saves travel time and money, and data-driven information on the use of the network, building spaces, parking, and transportation helps system administrators make smart decisions and increase efficiency.

It’s a think tank, an information powerhouse, and an experimentation zone. When researchers can securely analyze vast amounts of information, run big-data applications, quickly scale computing resources, and collaborate with colleagues around the world, their lab becomes so much more than just a room. 

A meeting place or a solitary study room—a connected library offers it all. Students can work independently or partner with other students on their campus or at universities around the globe to share and expand knowledge.