Washington School, a Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project, needed to break-away from the constraints of local authority provision to gain full control, and freedom, over its IT and support services. This was critical if the school was to move ahead to meet not only the existing and future needs of
its pupils and teaching staff but also change the way it interacted with and embrace future technologies. Specifically, the requirement was for a new enterprise grade infrastructure featuring new network hardware and software that can be supported and maintained quickly and cost-effectively
A service provider who would provide compliance with SLAs
An added-value solution that was not only cost effective but remotely supported during school hours with guaranteed timeframes for site visits and repairs
After a site review, Calibre quickly realised that an overhaul of the whole IT infrastructure and supporting technology was required to meet the school’s brief and deliver the tangible advantages of a system that was independent of the control and handresponsibility of the local authority.
Taking the initiative, the firm devised and delivered a state-of-the-art solution utilising the advantages of Cisco technology (the firm is a Cisco Premier partner) as the infrastructure backbone that would provide teachers and pupils with safe, reliable and secure access to the modern mobile IT devices and services used by the school.
Significant investment coupled with renewed ambition and the transference of IT responsibility to Calibre has delivered not only performance benefits but operational and hardware savings too.
The school is able to plug into it all
the features of fast, reliable and empowering enterprise grade network performance levels to drive the multitude of devices and hardware that help to enrich the overall learning experience for hundreds of pupils.
A key feature of the solution was built around Calibre’s ability to configure and migrate over the network without any downtime to deliver faster and more robust view website internetprovision. The firm was also able to plan and undertake the migration of desktop provision away from the incumbent supplier without any delays or problems, ensuring a smooth transition in this area too.
The school also enjoys a preventative maintenance service, coupled with unparalleled expertise in the management
of enterprise grade networks from Calibre that delivers real value for money and support, which includes a guarantee that repairs will be completed
within hours of being reported. “Calibre have really delivered with our new network provision, enabling us to take full control of our IT needs now and well into the fture. Steve Nelson and his team have proven that they have the expertise, resources and capacity to deliver complex networks and intricate solutions.
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