Lanner was approached by a customer searching for the ideal hardware appliance capable of supporting the deployment of a K-12 education system, one that serves millions of students and teaching staff residing both inside and outside the country. This inquiry came at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and all distance learning programs and collaborations must be commenced without too much delay in order to ensure continuity.
Challenges / Requirements
The requested hardware appliance for the said e-learning system must enable the followings:
- Access to education and collaboration apps
- Asynchronous sharing of recorded video and audio files
- Edge caching and interconnectivity to Cloud Service Providers inside and outside the country
- Multilingual troubleshooting and customer support via one dedicated point of service
- Flexible but stable network coverage, visibility, stability and management
- The use of end user portable devices
- VPN, anti-DDoS and other e-learning network security protocols
The NCA-1510, a fanless SFF desktop network security appliance designed for managing edge security at small and medium enterprises, is powered by Intel Atom® C3000 (codenamed Denverton) CPU. This appliance features robust performance and Intel® QuickAssist Technology, offering cryptographic acceleration and commercial-grade LAN functions in a 231mm x 200mm x 44mm form factor.
Intel Atom® C3000 CPU and Intel® QuickAssist Technology, running at 10G, together greatly boost network responsiveness and security by distributing processing power to more critical applications and by offloading computationally intensive compression and encryption/decryption tasks; what’s more, the NCA-1510 is also armed with secure boot, support for TPM 2.0, K-lock and FIPS compliance.
The fanless NCA-1510 offers 0~50°C operating temperatures, Intel® AES-NI, up to 16 GB of DDR4 2133MHz memory and 6x GbE RJ45 or x4 GbE RJ45 and 2x GbE SFP; it also provides 1x Mini PCIe slot and 1x M.2 slot with nano SIM accessibility for function expansion and wireless connectivity via 3G, Wi-Fi or LTE. Other I/O includes 1x mini USB console, 2x USB 2.0, 1x 2.5" HDD/SSD bay and 1x onboard eMMC (8GB).
A cloud-based e-learning system security supported by Lanner’s NCA-1510 enabled not only remote access SSL VPN connectivity to global e-learning / LMS providers and cloud platforms, but also a holistic portal for complete network management & monitoring.
Also enabled are site-to-site VPN to campuses or other school premises, security profile management such as URL filtering, application control, antivirus and advanced threat prevention services such as forensics, anti-bots, anti-ransomware and 2 factor authentication.
Airtight and fully-integrated security rules and workload runtime protection prevent APTs and zero-days from infecting clouds and workloads. Furthermore, all aforementioned workload runtime protection measures, including firewall, IPS, application control, IPsec VPN, antivirus and anti-bot, are based on and powered by a real-time, cloud-based threat intelligence database, therefore delivering a holistic, at-a-glance insight into multi-cloud environments.
Lanner’s NCA-1510 succeeded in becoming the building block of the ideal distance learning e-system, making available secure remote access/connections, threat prevention, synchronized security, identity control and effortless remote setup for the customer so that distance learning program continuity and collaboration during the pandemic were realized without hiccups.