Academies Turning To The Cloud

CASE STUDY

A Brief Introduction

section separator

As education specialists we understand the issues IT managers face in maintaining an efficient and cost effective IT infrastructure. Schools want to know what other schools are doing in terms of best practice, and what’s possible – and that’s where we add value.

As an example, Seaton Burn College has over 600 students and staff, working to a tight budget, and the college was struggling with IT issues including poor connectivity and slow speeds. ITPS secured the business when the college went out to the market to find an IT partner to help it transform an ageing IT infrastructure into a future-proof platform capable of supporting its students and staff, and which could work within the budget

Will you cope if disaster strikes

The Challenge

section separator

The college previously managed its IT through a joint managed services contract with its local council and RM, but were struggling with poor connectivity, slow download speeds, frequent IT downtime and no facility for staff or students to work remotely.

ITPS spent 12 months working with the college’s IT team to review and upgrade so􀈅ware and systems. The college now has its ICT split between its own premises and ITPS’s £4m ISO27001-certified data centre in Chester le Street, using a private network connected through cloud technology.

Walbottle CampusWalbottle Campus
Seaton Burn CollegeSeaton Burn College
Burnside Business & Enterprise CollegeBurnside Business & Enterprise College

Results

section separator
CREATING OPPORTUNITY

The new ultra-fast, high security connections deliver anytime, anywhere IT access to students and staff when they are on and off site, and users no longer have to wait for long periods to login to the network, connect to the internet or download large files. An extra benefit is being able to transfer portfolios when new students join the college, which was previously a difficult task.

This project has provided Seaton Burn students and staff with a sustainable and adaptable network that would not look out of place in a corporate environment. Our original goal was for a fast and resilient network that is flexible to ever-changing technological and curriculum demands, and ITPS has helped us deliver this and more, exceeding all our expectations.

ITPS showed us what was possible by moving to cloud technology, and we were blown away by the efficiency and cost benefits.

Will you cope if disaster strikes

The ITPS Difference

section separator

Lee Coulter, information and technology manager at Seaton Burn College, said: “This project has provided Seaton Burn students and staff with a sustainable and adaptable network that would not look out of place in a corporate environment. Our original goal was for a fast and resilient network that is flexible to ever-changing technological and curriculum demands, and ITPS has helped us deliver this and more, exceeding all our expectations.

ITPS showed us what was possible by moving to cloud technology, and we were blown away by the efficiency and cost benefits.

Similar Stories

section separator

Get In Touch

section separator

If you’d like to chat about how we can support your IT needs, about working for us or indeed discuss our charitable efforts, we’d love to hear from you. Fill out the form to get in touch.

    Subscribe me to your mailing list