Simply IT sat down with the school and the external contractors a plan that would encompass all of the above which involved several aspects including cabling, server and switch/routing infrastructure. The plan was finalized and the initial build began.
Simply IT installed an Netgear Managed Switch environment that had been split into several VLANS to allow for the segregation and prioritization of the traffic on the network.
Following the build of the switching infrastructure the communications was implemented primarily consisting of an 50Mbps leased line circuit controlled by a Simply IT managed Cisco router and an 4G backup line.
This allowed a very strong foundation in which to design the server infrastructure. Simply IT installed a Skype for Business on-premise solution alongside an on-premise Exchange installation. This integrated both channels of communication into a unified communication platform whilst allowing mobility that was previously not available to the school.
Simply IT secured the solution with a Fortinet solution providing for remote external connectivity to all three channels of communication. Voice, Email and the user’s files.
To make the solution more cost effective and more reliable a virtualised environment was designed using the VMware ESXi solution which is a preferred solution of Simply IT.