Multi-tenancy is a big word that gets thrown around a lot when it comes to web filtering for education. But what does it mean? Who benefits from multi-tenancy, and what is the best way to implement it? Education is a very specialized field, and as such merits its own solutions that best fit the needs of their users. By providing the ability to create tailored education environments for each district, school, teacher or student, multi-tenancy offers the best-possible learning experience at every level.  

What is Multi-tenancy? 

Multitenancy is the ability to host multiple independent instances on a single instance of software. Each instance is a tenant and has its own dedicated environment within the system, while also sharing the same software and data. The tenants have their own user accounts and passwords but share a common set of services. The tenants are logically isolated, but physically integrated. 

Education Needs a Multi-Tenancy Solution for Web Filtering 

With multi-tenancy, you can customize the experience for each user. This means you can allow for different levels of access for different types of users. For example, a teacher might have more access to specific tools and functions than a student or parent, but all three would have access to distinct functions of the web filtering platform. You can also create multiple environment and roles within each, like allowing teachers to share resources with one another.  

This customization extends beyond just who has access; it also allows you to dictate what level of access everyone has based on the type of features they interact with. Admins can determine what makes the most sense when creating customizations from a security standpoint, why would a teacher need access to this particular function? As well as a responsibility standpoint, what functions do they need to do their job? 

Netsweeper Multi-tenant Solution for Education 

The Netsweeper solution is designed to handle complicated multi-tenanted configurations, where multiple schools can be controlled from a single pane of glass. All operational data is presented in a quick and easy dashboard to allow for granular filtering and reporting.  

The Netsweeper filtering platform is scalable allowing you to control multiple schools from one interface and IT admins of each school, or a group of schools can login to our interface to set their own filtering policies and generate reports for their schools. Multi-tenanted flexibility allows for as much granularity as needed for reporting and filtering at every level. 

The Benefits of Multi-Tenancy for Education with Netsweeper: 

  • Reduces Costs: Multi-tenancy enables you to use existing hardware and software investments more efficiently by allowing multiple separate groups of users to share resources. This reduces the cost of implementing new solutions in schools because fewer servers are required and less storage space on local devices. 
  • Improves Security: Each tenant has their own isolated environment; they can each have their own security model in place that meets their needs without compromising other tenants’ data or systems.  
  • Reduces Maintenance: A single system means less work maintaining it, giving more time to focus on more important tasks in the education system. 
  • Granular Control: Multi-tenancy provides both customized and flexible control of content filtering features of each tenant’s own instance, with top-down visibility at every level.  

For More Information on Multi-Tenant Solution 

Multi-tenancy for content filtering in education is a topic that requires thought and planning. It is important that the solution you choose works for all level of users from district level to students. The solution you choose should allow for flexible deployment and fully customizable filtering and reporting options from the top level down.  

To find out more about Netsweeper’s multi-tenanted web filtering solution request a demo from our solution experts!