SOURCE: Cymphonix

September 01, 2009 08:02 ET

Cymphonix Network Composer Earns A+ at Columbus Independent School District

Increased Network Visibility Shows That Students Use of Smartphones Are a Growing Strain on Network Capacity

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - September 1, 2009) - In a move to address growing student use of Web-enabled smartphones, Columbus Independent School District (ISD) has deployed Cymphonix Network Composer® to help gain visibility, manage bandwidth and filter Web content across its network.

Columbus ISD consists of three schools including an elementary, junior high and high school. Between the three institutions, the district's network is accessed daily by more than 750 computers connecting teachers, administrators, faculty and students. Add to this a large number of smartphones tapping into the network via the campus' wireless hotspots and Columbus ISD began to feel the strain of a highly utilized network.

Lance Portwood, Columbus ISD network administrator, was concerned about the bandwidth requirements from the growing number of smartphones -- and in particular, iPhones -- that were accessing the network via the district's wireless hotspots.

"Having wireless hotspots is a great benefit to the faculty, staff and visitors to our schools, but a big concern was that these accounts would strain our network and hamper classroom learning and other mission critical Web access," said Lance Portwood.

While searching for a content filter replacement, Columbus ISD discovered and then deployed the Cymphonix Network Composer. With Network Composer installed, Portwood can easily shape bandwidth and prioritize Web content -- giving the unauthenticated accounts very low-level access. The product's ability to reveal important information on network usage, while prioritizing Web content, was exactly what Columbus ISD needed.

"Once Network Composer was installed, we could see there were times during the day when as much as 60 percent of the traffic passing through the network was non-educational. With Cymphonix, we can be aware of when and how students are accessing the ISD network," commented Portwood.

"The power to shape bandwidth and prioritize Web content is the real strength of the product, and we were amazed by how easy the installation and deployment process was for Columbus ISD. Network Composer has helped us improve the overall performance and security of our district's network," concluded Portwood.

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About Cymphonix

Cymphonix Corporation, headquartered in Salt Lake City, uses award-winning patent-pending technology to reveal, optimize and automate Internet security. With deep-packet scanning technology, Cymphonix solutions address the issues created by evolving content -- including web applications and bandwidth-intensive websites. Cymphonix products seamlessly integrate network protection, application performance, and traffic visibility into a single, easily managed solution. Leading the Cymphonix product line is Network Composer, a smart gateway appliance that helps organizations understand at a glance who is abusing network resources and with what applications -- enabling problems to be corrected instantly through a clear, easy-to-manage interface. More information about Cymphonix can be found at

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