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Perspectives on cloud networking and software-defined WANs

Posted August 09, 2013
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How Belgrave Heights Christian School Puts the "Home" in Homework

When I was in grade school, homework was considered a bad thing. It implied that I had to do work at home, instead of doing what I really wanted to do – play. I look at this so differently now.  Working from home is a pleasure because home is distraction-free and comfortable.  It turns out, teachers at Belgrave Heights Christian School feel the same way.

David Wilson is the IT Manager at Belgrave Heights Christian School in Melbourne, Australia, where he manages the computer and communications infrastructure supporting approximately 575 students and 90 staff members.  Like many educational institutions around the world, he has a tight budget and an even tighter schedule.  

The busy teachers at Belgrave Heights Christian School frequently work after hours to grade student papers, write reports, and prepare teaching materials. To ensure that the school records were secure, the teachers could only access the necessary files from their campus offices. However, the teachers wanted remote access to student files and records so they could work from the comfort of their homes.

Wanting to avoid the expense and complexity of a traditional VPN, David tried a variety of cloud-based services, including Hamachi and LogMeIn. He ultimately found those services to be lacking the broader functionality and security he required. David learned about Pertino from the Spiceworks online IT community (www.spiceworks.com) so he installed Pertino and used the cloud-based network to connect a few devices in a matter of minutes.

David needed to ensure that Pertino was a secure networking solution, so he put Pertino and the other cloud-based file sharing services through a uniquely rigorous test: he gave his most advanced students some packet-sniffing tools and asked them to try hacking into each service.  While the kids started to make progress finding holes in LogMeIn and Hamachi, they could not make a dent in Pertino. The trial convinced David that Pertino is the right choice for the school.

Now, the teachers at Belgrave use the Pertino network to prepare student reports in the evening and remotely print them back at school. David also uses Pertino to remotely manage IT resources at school.  “With Pertino, it is no different if I work from home or in the office.  My access is the same.”  Better yet, Pertino’s per user pricing was within reach of the school’s tight budget.

Larry Stein

Larry Stein

Director, Marketing

This is Larry’s fifth startup over the past 15 years, during which he navigated two IPOs and two acquisitions. Before Pertino, Larry served tours of service with Ameritech and data communications training.

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