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Delivering a 21st Century Education with Intel® Solid-State Drives

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Intel® Solid-State Drives (Intel® SSDs) help accelerate learning by losing the lag in computer performance As more and more primary and secondary schools integrate technology into the curriculum, IT administrators must ensure that school computers can meet the increasingly rigorous needs of teachers, students, and staff. Three elementary school systems in Northern California installed Intel® Solid-State Drives (Intel® SSDs) into existing laptops and desktops to see how this new technology could help deliver the outstanding performance, reliability, and mobility to meet current and future needs. The results? Teachers, students, and staff experienced faster application launch times and better performance for a range of applications while IT administrators anticipated fewer hardware failures, longer PC life spans, and accelerated software installation. Challenges • Improve performance. Deliver performance required for rapidly launching the interactive whiteboard applications and multimedia software used to keep students engaged. • Reduce hardware failures. Decrease the hard drive failures that can interrupt learning and pull IT staff away from other projects. • Enhance mobility. Improve the battery life and durability of computers to enable students and teachers to continue the educational experience beyond the classroom. Solution • Intel® Solid-State Drives (Intel® SSDs). Three elementary schools in Northern California installed Intel SSDs on existing laptops and desktops to explore the potential benefits of solid-state drive technology. Impact • More responsive experience. Teachers and staff reported up to 50 percent better computer performance and a more responsive experience running interactive whiteboard applications and multimedia software. • Fewer failures. Administrators anticipate fewer drive failures and expect to extend the life span of school computers, helping schools make the most of tight budgets. • Increased academic mobility. By extending computer battery life and providing better durability than hard disk drives, Intel SSDs can help schools facilitate learning outside the classroom.