Critical Links Education Appliance Now Deployed on Intel® Server Platform

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The Critical Links education appliance™ EA500/EA1000, based on the Intel® Server Board S3420GP, brings integrated learning, networking and administration capabilities to schools of all sizes.

Solution brief: Critical Links Education Appliance for the Intel® Server Board S3420GP

The Intel Server Board S3420GP provides a stable, scalable, cost-effective platform for building highly available solutions. Critical Links has worked closely with Intel to leverage this platform's features for the education market with their EA series

Critical Links, a pioneer in delivering Information & Communications Technology (ICT) and learning infrastructure solutions for School 2.0 - the next-generation of schools, announced the availability of two new server-class versions of their education appliance, featuring the Intel® Xeon® processor 3400 series. The Critical Links education appliance™ EA500/EA1000, based on the Intel® Server Board S3420GP, can scale to support schools with 3000 students and manage 1000 concurrent users of the Intel-powered classmate PC, with high levels of stability and availability. The Intel® solution brief on the Critical Links Education Appliance can be downloaded here.

Positioned as the only solution that supports all the ICT and learning infrastructure needs within a school, the Critical Links education appliance delivers a complete set of functionalities in the areas of learning, networking and administration for K-12 schools. With the addition of Intel server technologies, this solution can help medium and large schools reduce their infrastructure costs dramatically (50-70%), by allowing them to replace multiple pieces of hardware, devices and software with a single, integrated appliance.

The Intel® Server Board S3420GP provides a stable, scalable, cost-effective platform for building highly available solutions. Critical Links has worked closely with Intel to leverage this platform's features for the education market with their EA series 500 and 1000 appliances,” said David L. Brown, Intel Enterprise Platforms & Services Division.

By integrating various capabilities needed in the school and the classroom (for example LMS, LAMS, SIS and support for peripherals such as Whiteboards) this solution benefits the students, teachers, school administrators, parents and the larger community by bringing an affordable 1:1 e-learning infrastructure to schools world-wide. This platform supports “virtualization” and Single Sign-on and it reduces the operating costs by 60-70% compared to a multi-vendor model.

"I am proud to announce that our education appliance has been fully tested and certified with the Intel® Server Board S3420GP, enabling us to support much larger schools without compromising on performance and stability," commented Abdul Kasim, VP of Marketing and Global Business Development at Critical Links. "Our partnership with Intel is comprehensive in scope, our membership in the Intel® Learning Series Alliance to working with the Intel Server Products Group to build solid platforms for school infrastructure.”

Critical Links is also a member of the Intel® Software Partner Program and the Intel® Enabled Solutions Acceleration Alliance, which has certified Critical Links’ edgeBOX Unified Communications (UC) appliance for Intel® Server Platforms.

The Critical Links School 2.0 portfolio comprises of the education appliance series EA60™ for 60 students and education appliance series EA100, EA500 and EA1000™ for schools of up to 3000 students. These platforms offer a host of learning, networking & administration capabilities for the next generation of schools. These include comprehensive voice & data communications, collaboration (wikis, blogs, social forums, content creation and sharing), data security, content filtering, policies and student and ICT administration capabilities (Intel-powered Classmate PC management, Theft Deterrence, backup/restore etc). They also feature full-fledged learning management (LMS), activity management (LAMS), client management, asset management and a student information system (SIS).

More information on the Critical Links education portfolio and Critical Links’ education initiatives can be found at the new School 2.0 portal: http://education.critical-links.com/PR. (Contact sales (at) critical-links (dot) com for information on purchasing the Critical Links Education Appliance)

About Critical Links:

Critical Links is a pioneer in delivering innovative Learning & Networking infrastructure solutions for Schools 2.0—the next generation of Schools. Critical Links’ education appliance portfolio provides the learning, networking, and administration capabilities necessary for a highly interactive and content rich educational experience; apart from a host of networking and communication capabilities, it also offers comprehensive learning management, client management, asset management, and a student information system.

The Critical Links education appliance has been deployed at over 1200 schools in the world’s largest school modernization program and has been recognized with numerous industry awards. Critical Links has also introduced features such as edgeXL, which is a sophisticated caching technology that can speed up the web experience ten-fold, especially in regions with poor internet infrastructure.

More information on the Critical Links education appliance portfolio and Critical Links’ education initiatives can be found at the new School 2.0 portal: http://education.critical-links.com/PR.

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