• Network & Wireless

    network image The Santa Ana Unified School District's provides 10 GB internet access to all schools. SAUSD currently supports over 70,000 devices, including computers, laptops, Chromebooks, iPads and other tablet devices used by students at schools, (not including BYOD devices connected to the Internet). 
    An additional 10 Gbps circuit has being deployed to offload business traffic from the main circuit allowing for the 10Gbps circuit to be used solely for teaching and learning purposes. 

    Each school is connected to the District Office by means of a wide area network/metropolitan area network. The District is a member of the K-12 High Speed Network Consortium. This network is a state funded program to build an infrastructure that would allow schools to take advantage of advances in network technology and provides connectivity for schools, Districts, and all higher education campuses in California. Internet2, which is a network that connects schools to universities worldwide, is also part of this program.

    Local Area Network (LAN) Infrastructure

    • A profile of Santa Ana Unified School District’s network infrastructure indicates that all schools are connected to the District over gigabit fiber links that provides data connectivity.
    • All schools have upgraded switches through e-rate funding.
    • The District data center is connected by two 10 GB fiber links. One is connected to the District’s Internet Service Provider (Orange County Department of Education). The other is connected to Foothills Education & Technology Partnership. 
    • Modernized classrooms have eight drops; all classrooms have at least one CAT5E computer drop per classroom and one telephone.
    • The number of wiring closets at each school varies, depending on the availability of e-rate funds, school improvement, and modernization. A main closet (Main Distribution Frame) connects to smaller wiring closets (Intermediate Distribution Frame) via MultiMode Fiber (MMF) and SingleMode (SM) optic cable. Wiring and wiring closets have been configured to allow safe student movement and meet fire and building safety codes.
    • Disrtrict wide wireless networking has been implemented.

    Network Cable Plant

    • Single Mode fiber connecting sites to District Hub
    • 50 Micron Multi- Mode connecting site edge to core
    • Switched Ethernet connects all schools for multi-media video distribution

    Network Management

    The IT center is managed by a combination of applications to identify and resolve problems as soon as possible. It is protected with the use of passwords and encryption identification and has installed firewalls to protect the integrity of data. It also utilizes URL filtering software to prevent access to inappropriate websites to assure CIPA compliance. The use of Cisco switches has provided the IT department with the ability to implement a Virtual LAN VLAN structure to the network, which lends itself to increased security. Additionally there are over 7,000 network nodes in the environment, including wireless access points, IP phones, switches and routers.

    Web and email filters are in place to prevent inappropriate access and to reduce the amount of spam delivered to district mailboxes. A border firewall is in place to prevent unauthorized access to the network.

    Telecommunications Infrastructure 

    The districts phone system is Voice overInternet Protocol (VOIP). The voice system provides E911, unified messaging, directory lookup, conference calling, fax capabilities, etc. The voice system also provides Interactive Voice Response (IVR) menu’s to help our clients find the appropriate personnel within the district. The Cisco VOIP system allow schools, classrooms, and District offices to contact one another via a five digit extension number. The system also provides a telephone voice mailbox for all teachers and District staff members.