Blueprint for a new school Comms Infrastructure

"Google Apps for Edu solves many if not all of a school's collaboration and communication issues, but it also offers the opportunity to rethink how a school or college architects its core comms infrastructure.

This session will describe a comprehensive blueprint for a Educational Comms Architecture that frees admins and system architects from the constraints of proprietary legacy systems, but at the same time maintains business continuity for these systems that are not likely to be replaced in the short to medium term. The approach favours the use of open standards and web based management, at the same time providing real cost and reliability benefits. Most of the technologies described are individual open source projects but taken together they form a coherent and compelling alternative to conventional 'vendor driven' solutions.

The solutions have been derived through 'real-world' usage and testing in the complex use case of an independent specialist music school for 3-18 year old.

The topics covered are:

 - high speed, low cost, resilient internet access
 - managing Directory Services (AD, Apple and GADS)
 - security model for student owned devices (BYOD)
 - managing media creation suites (inc. Apple support)
 - student content filtering (age related) 
 - unified storage (local and cloud)
 - backup strategies (local and cloud)
 - secure, manageable, whole campus wifi
 - server virtualization
 - VOIP telephone system 
 - Unified Threat Management
 - Machine Imaging and Deployment
 - site surveillance and security
 - global printing support

Jonathan Peace
Jonathan Peace is Director of Communications Technology at Wells Cathedral School, having spent over 20 years in industry, developing leading edge communication technologies  across the spectrum from software to semiconductors.  

He worked on the design of the original BBC microcomputer before acting as a Technical Consultant on BBC television's  'Micro Live' programme at the start of the microcomputer revolution in the early eighties. After founding his own telecoms start-up in the late 80s, he subsequently headed up Rockwell Corporation's European Design Centre  in southern France,  where he and his team created some of the first Internet access devices that  helped fuel the web revolution.   

From there he moved to the USA where he became Chief Technology Officer of a multinational semiconductor company in southern California,  focussed on broadband fibre and voice technologies used in the core of the Internet.  In this capacity, he travelled widely working closely with the top technology companies in the world including Google, Microsoft and Cisco.

He holds multiple patents in the field of voice and data communications over the Internet, and is an unrepentant advocate of technology that is informative, engaging and fun. Jonathan lives in Somerset, England with his wife Suzanne and son Adam."