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Beechwood School

Beechwood School

With an old network failing to cope, Beechwood School chose AIT to design and implement a new infrastructure that would support their future needs.

With an old network that was failing to cope with the increasing demands of classroom computing, Beechwood School chose AIT to design and implement a new infrastructure that would support their future needs.

Beechwood Secondary and 6th Form, was established in 1982 in Slough, Berkshire by merging Haymill and Warren Field Secondary school. Since then the school has flourished and now has over 900 students with an extensive curriculum delivered by specialist teachers. The most recent Ofsted inspection report described the school as ‘good with outstanding features’, a testament to both the staff and students.

Challenge.

With classrooms relying more and more on technology for educational purposes; a fast, stable and secure network is essential for the seamless deployment of connected devices such as iPads, laptops and interactive screens that all require connectivity. The school network was being run on 8 year old Netgear switches that were struggling to keep up with demand. User experience was poor and the overhead on support was very high. The school needed a modern high performance network on a limited budget.

Ash Patel, IT Manager at Beechwood school stated;

“We came across AIT who were professional and very knowledgeable, understanding our needs to get the project done from start to finish. We were looking at big brands like Dell and HP, but AIT recommended the Brocade range which was a great fit for our purpose”.

AIT recommended the Brocade HyperEdge ICX7250 switches. They combine excellent performance and future-proofing without the hefty price tag associated with other high performance switches.

The Brocade HyperEdge family of switches is fully scalable due to the stacking feature, meaning that the school only had to purchase what they currently need, with the option to scale up once the demand on the network increases. The result of this is a solution that will grow with the school , rather than wasting budget on unnecessary hardware.

Solution.

Result.

Beechwood School has had significant benefits from the new network. It is faster, easier to manage and considerably more flexible. By using Brocade AIT was able to deliver the very best technology from day one at a much lower price point than is available from other brands.

Ash continued:

“The network switches were replaced over the summer of 2015 and we have noticed better stability and usage over the network since moving across onto the new infrastructure. AIT were able to help solve all of our previous network issues with a comprehensive and professional outcome. I would have no hesitations in using their services again in the future”.

AITs strategic vendor partnerships and managed service capability means that it offers a complete wired and wireless infrastructure solution with a range of flexible support and finance options.

Need a more in-depth look at exactly what we did?

Ash Patel
IT Manager at Beechwood School
We have noticed better stability and usage over the network since moving across onto the new infrastructure. AIT were able to help solve all of our previous network issues with a comprehensive and professional outcome. I would have no hesitations in using their services again in the future.

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