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State of the art data centre greatly enhances leading private schools IT capabilities

Stewart Melville

As one of the most forward thinking private schools in the UK, and recently voted The Sunday Times Scottish Independent Secondary School of the Year 2012, The Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools integrate the best technology, into everyday classes, to enhance education for both its pupils and staff.

The school recently realised a complete refurbishment of its data centre was required, to:

 

  • Ensure seamless communications and synergies were omnipresent between all faculties and departments
  • Facilitate the management of the School’s increasing network traffic
  • Maximise network performance and ‘up-time’

Boston Networks undertook a thorough upgrade project to deliver a resilient communication room to dramatically improve the management of data, across campus, and greatly simplify the infrastructure management for the Schools IT staff.
Key features of the project include:

  • The removal and replacement of crucial servers, racks and switches 
  • The relocating and re termination of existing structured cabling and fibre optic backbone
  • Introduction of a simplified, documented patching system 
  • Enhanced and integrated air conditioning and fire suppression system
  • Additional wireless connectivity to connect key buildings, across campus

The Boston Networks solution has lowered the carbon footprint of the data centre whilst remaining scalable to accommodate future, seamless, upgrades. Furthermore, Boston Networks completed the project to the tightest of timescales, ensuring there was no unplanned downtime during classes and no unnecessary inconveniences for the IT team.
Commenting on the project Stephen McLaughlin, Boston Networks, states: “Having deployed various wireless technologies for The Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools, over the past few years, Boston Networks understand the nature of the School’s IT infrastructure as well as its aspirations.
The refurbished data centre has significantly enhanced the schools capability to seamlessly manage the increasing traffic on the Schools network infrastructure, which is of continuing and paramount importance as the School continues to embrace emerging technologies, to meet the demand of its high achieving student’s.”

Steven McIntosh, IT Manager, The Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools further adds “We (The Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools) were very happy with both the design and implementation of the solution. Thanks to Boston’s hard working team of engineers we were able to finish the project ahead of schedule with minimal disruption to the school community.”

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