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The Lake Travis Independent School District serves the growing area of Lake Travis, located approximately 20 miles west of Austin, Texas. Originally a component of the Dripping Springs ISD, Lake Travis ISD was formed on June 12, 1981. At that time, 541 students were enrolled in grades K - 12. Since then, district enrollment has increased to approximately 8,300 students in eight campuses.
True North was contracted to provide design and administration for a new technology center, including a new data center. The data center is a state-of-the-art computing environment providing access to centralized district resources and information. To ensure maximum availability and future growth, True North's focus went beyond the networking elements.
Cooling: The cooling system was designed as a 3 unit N+1 system to allow for a HVAC failure without compromising the cooling of valuable equipment. This design not only provided redundancy but provided cost savings to the district with a three system design.
Power: A dual power feed, dual UPS, coupled with a backup generator, allows the district to withstand power outages and continue to provide access in today's 24/7 information age. To reduce the burden on the district's maintenance team, a power track system was designed to allow the district to add, change, or remove electrical outlets on demand without interruption. This provides the district with a reduced deployment time for new systems and reduced deployment costs.
Structured Cabling: Fiber optic and twisted pair copper systems were designed to allow the district to continue its explosive growth without the concerns of whether the district's infrastructure can handle it. Providing 10Gig today and ready for 100Gig tomorrow, the district is able to scale its computing and storage environment as necessary.
Collaboration: True North designed a collaborative space with multimedia systems to allow the district a centralized location to review and present audio and video separately or combined for district operations, training, and emergency events.