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Average Network Size: 4,600 students; 450 staff
When Michael Grimes, Network Manager, and his supervisor were evaluating alternatives to their “bulky, expensive” M86 solution, they turned to Untangle. They needed to ensure that students couldn’t keep overriding and routing around their content filters and network policy rules, constantly putting the network at risk. They also needed a solution that could handle the entire district: three elementary schools, one middle school, one comprehensive high school and an alternative education school which includes continuation high school, adult education, and a home-based independent study program. The solution had to scale, be easy to implement, and be robust. Untangle met those needs – at a fraction of the cost of their previous vendor.
Before, Michael struggled to accommodate the needs of teachers and staff with valid reasons for Internet access. Many weren’t technologically savvy, and didn’t understand the risks associated with malware, spyware, phishing and other threats. He wanted to provide them with the tools they needed without exposing his network to unnecessary risks. With Untangle, Michael was “able to provide the best of both worlds” – keeping the network safe, while giving the teachers and staff the freedom to do their jobs.
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