Broward County Schools chooses LANDesk software for 80,000 Macs and 20,000 Windows PCs

LANDesk Software, a leading provider of integrated systems and security management solutions, today announced that Broward County Public Schools has selected LANDesk Management Suite and LANDesk Security Suite over competing solutions to help their IT organization better manage the district’s 80,000 Macintosh-based computers and 20,000 Windows-based computers.

Broward County is the largest, fully accredited school district in the United States, with more than 274,000 K-12 students attending 251 different schools. The district employs approximately 39,450 staff members including teachers, clerical support and administrative personnel. The computing needs of such a diverse and distributed organization have driven Broward County Public Schools to establish a premier IT organization that relies on best-of- breed technology solutions to efficiently and cost-effectively manage new and existing computers in its computing environment.

“With so many computers and mixed operating systems across the district, we really had to have the solution with the best integrated, cross-platform support,” said Vijay Sonty, chief information officer for Broward County Public Schools in the press release. “Our IT organization tested a number of competing solutions and found LANDesk Management Suite to be the most scalable solution with the broadest capabilities for our needs.”

LANDesk Management Suite is a comprehensive, integrated suite of system management tools for asset management, software distribution, application healing, OS distribution and profile migration, software license management, remote problem resolution, patch management, security management, server management and more.

“In addition to controlling security threats, it is important for the district to be able to inventory and track computers. LANDesk provides us the capability to maintain real time computer inventory along with the capability to generate hardware and software inventory for individual computers,” said Angela Coluzzi, network integration director for Broward County Schools in the press release. “End user support is also a priority issue for the district IT. Features such as LANDesk remote control will assist current technology support staff in increasing end users satisfaction while keeping support cost under control.”

LANDesk Security Suite enables IT to solve critical issues such as security policy compliance and auditing, remote system troubleshooting, keeping up with patches, spyware detection and removal, and other security configuration issues.

“We are looking forward to working with Broward County Public Schools and their progressive IT department,” said Bill Smith, LANDesk vice president of sales for North America. “It’s great to work with an IT organization that knows exactly what they need to continue being successful at managing the systems in their extensive network. This will help them realize a faster return on their investment in LANDesk solutions and help them more quickly drive increase business value for their school district.”

LANDesk Software is a leading provider of systems and security management solutions for desktops, servers and mobile devices across the enterprise. LANDesk enables thousands of organizations to easily deploy and use end-to-end management solutions. LANDesk is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with offices located in the Americas, Europe and Asia, and can be found on the Web at http://www.landesk.com/

MacDailyNews Take: LANDesk Security Suite’s ability to “keep up with patches and spyware detection/removal” will obviously be heavily in use by 20,000 of Broward County Public Schools’ PCs – at least until they get rid of those, too.

Being the curious sort, we asked, “But, Mr. Broward County Schools IT Guy, what about the 80,000 Macs?” MBCITG responded, “Shhh, those Macs just basically run themselves! Why do you think we’ve got the system up to 80-percent Macs already? Now, if you’ll excuse me, our department has a golf, er, a meeting to attend.” *

* The Q&A portion of our MacDailyNews Take did not really occur except in our imaginations. Broward County Schools IT Guys and Gals are doing fine jobs – that are about to get even easier as evidenced by the related article below. Remember, they still have 20,000 Windows PCs in their system that are constantly threatening to infect each other with viruses, worms, and assorted malware, so the golf will have to wait for now. Note to Henrico County IT staff: run for your life to Broward County!

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Apple announces 30,000 iBooks deal with Florida’s Broward County Public Schools – July 27, 2005
Henrico school officials on Apple to Dell switch: The logo will change, but the tool is the same – April 30, 2005
Henrico school board dumps Apple Macs, picks Dells with Windows – April 29, 2005

22 Comments

  1. ARD is $299 Unlimited Clients on Apple’s Higher Education Institution site…

    But ARD can only handle like 50 other Mac’s at once, certainly not 80,000 Mac’s across different areas and networks at once.

  2. While ARD is a great concept, it is seriously lacking in the stable and robust dept. It is flakey and bug ridden and hasn’t been patched in forever. I hope they decide to develop it further and give the team the resources to improve, but right now it is hardly “enterprise grade”.

  3. Actually, I tried to use LANDesk and implement it in my school district. After a year and a half, I gave up. We simply could not get it to scale to the size of the enviroment. We have about 50,000 macs, none of them under management. It seems like in order for it to work you need to be on the LAN and at your Desk. Humm, go figure. Hope you have better luck than we did.

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