As you can imagine, when it comes to learning, schools rely heavily on their IT systems. It’s really important for any centre of learning to have fast network and internet connections in place. At Simply IT, we have worked with many schools over the years, helping to build and improve their IT systems. We are very proud that our support also leads to long term relationships with our clients and clients stay with us for many years.
For example one of our local lower school clients with academy status (and an adjacent nursery) have been with us for over 4 years. When we first visited this school, staff were complaining of a very poor, intermittent network connection and internet speed. Plus, the school had an outdated wireless system, which wasn’t helping matters. The school’s entire virtual IT environment was not working properly, as well as hindering the progress of the school in terms of being able to utilise online learning tools for pupils.
With over 400 children, it was vital that pupils were being provided with an effective online learning environment, so a fast network connection had to be established. Firstly, we ran an IT audit to identify why the school’s system was running so slowly and proposed a range of simple IT solutions to give the school a fast network connection. The school happily accepted our proposal and work began.
Bringing the school connection back up to speed
Firstly, we installed an ASA firewall system with a 2 gigabyte aggregated backbone. Next, we installed HP managed switches with 1 gigabyte links to every computer. To provide a seamless connection across the school, we then installed a robust Ruckus wireless system.
What’s more, we set-up monitoring systems to run around the clock, checking all critical servers, switches, routers and network flow. As a result, our senior engineers are alerted immediately should a failure or unsolicited traffic be detected at the school.
Connecting new school buildings
When the lower school began to expand, and new buildings were agreed, this created several IT challenges. Simply IT were ready and waiting to install the latest IT systems, offering continual support as the new build developed.
Simply IT have procured all of the hardware and software, and have replaced virtualised servers, giving the school a pristine IT solution to match their brand new building. At present, we are in the final stages of installing 30 additional computers in the newly built, multi-purpose building.