One of the first districts on the internet in Southern California, Val Verde has been a technology pioneer in education for more than two decades.
Home to 20,000 students across 22 schools, Val Verde is a hybrid of Microsoft Office 365 for admin and teaching staff, with Chromebooks and G Suite for students.
After transitioning to remote and hybrid working during Covid-19, Val Verde IT decision-makers Matt Penner and Brian Falk started moving their data center set-up to the cloud in Azure. But remote working made the once-simple task of printing a clunky process.
Val Verde needed a simpler way for their Microsoft-centric staff to print via the cloud without access to local networks or Active Directory. True to their pioneering ways, they entered the beta for PaperCut’s Universal Print connector.
"The greatest part is when you're sitting there and you're dealing with a beta and they say, ‘Hold on, let's get the developers on.’ We look at ourselves as this little school district out in the middle of nowhere and here’s PaperCut saying, ‘We’ll work through this with you.’”
Network service manager, Val Verde
Microsoft centric staff can’t print remotely during Covid-19 closure
When Val Verde Unified School District entered remote working during Covid-19, their Microsoft-centric business team and teaching staff were struggling with simple things like accessing files and printing.
Matt and Brian, with their 20 years of IT experience in adopting technology early, smelled an opportunity and rolled out 980 Azure laptops.
“Our grand vision — this has been several years in the making — is that you can work on anything you want, wherever you want, anytime you want,” says Matt, describing transitioning to cloud from an on-prem data center set-up.
“We've been moving everything to the cloud,” says Matt. “Managing it all through Azure. Our goal is to put all of our servers in Azure.”