Flying high: why university moved to the cloud

13 May 2019

Built on a former air force base, Cranfield University is the only university in Europe with its own airport and air fleet. As well as the Bedfordshire campus, it has a
second site in Shrivenham, Oxfordshire.

It is the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university and specialises in education and research, particularly in technology and management.


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Now they can learn anywhere

10 May 2019

Godolphin School, an independent girls’ school in Salisbury, was founded in 1726 and has 480 pupils aged three-18, half of whom are boarders.

Former pupils include the writers Jilly Cooper and Dorothy L. Sayers and the Dragon’s Den panellist Deborah Meaden. The school’s network needed updating to improve performance, and enough bandwidth for consistent coverage across the estate, particularly as it had introduced bring your own device (BYOD).

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Ortial transceivers, cost effective solution for University of Cambridge

01 May 2019

Three-year contract to supply Cisco compatible Ortial transceivers to the University of Cambridge Network Services Department


With over 180 institutions with requirements as diverse as high-end physics to simple file management, University of Cambridge Network Solutions manages a complex system. The central architecture is designed to cope with all needs but at transceiver level, data traffic needs to vary from 1-10GB and is regularly updated to cope with changing demand. As a paid service, Cambridge Network Solutions needs to deliver on this as competitively priced as possible throughout the Cambridge collegiate system.

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New ICT kit aids learning for youngsters

27 March 2019

Bottesford Infant School, Scunthorpe, has just over 200 pupils aged five–seven and 22 staff. When they returned this year, the school had been fitted out with brand new IT equipment.

Problems had been arising because it was using a remote server and suffered slow Wi-Fi response. It meant network downtime and disruption to classes. The school contacted Education Lincs, based in Humberston, Grimsby. The company was founded in 1998 by Tony Kiddle, who began his career as a teacher of technology and is a former member of the advisory team at Humberside County Council. Initially the company served local schools and now claims to support 500 schools nationally.

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College recovers from fire with Scale Computing

30 January 2019

College was a Roman Catholic grammar school for boys until 1977 when it expanded to become the mixed sixth form college it is today. This development led to a quick and vast expansion, and Xaverian is now responsible for the education of more than 2,400 students.


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We’re gonna need back-up for the back-up

01 May 2018

The University of Winchester caters for around 6,500 students, and over the last decade it has invested heavily in its facilities and infrastructure that included a virtualised IT environment.

In recent years, its existing UPS systems failed without warning, the first sign being fumes coming off the batteries that were used in the devices to protect the Edge IT infrastructure which is there to ensure round-the-clock availability of IT services to students.

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Phone system saves college thousands a year

01 May 2018

When Wiltshire College merged with Salisbury College it grew to four campuses in Chippenham, Lackham, Salisbury, and Trowbridge. Now it has around 10,000 students and 1,000 staff.

Each of the four sites had its own telephone system which the college wanted to replace with a single, 1,000-extension platform that would be robust, simple to install, and easy to administer from a central location.

Its requirements included core telephony features, such as call pickup, forwarding, hunt groups, etc., as well as presence, a softphone option, and call logging and reporting.

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Students and staff see connection speeds soar

01 May 2018

Kimbolton School near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire is an HMC co-educational day and boarding school with 980 pupils aged 4-18.

It is centred on Kimbolton Castle which is set in 120 acres and was bought by the school in 1951.

The school wanted to improve its internet connectivity. Lessons need to be available for download, there is heavy usage of mobile devices, as well as high demand for mixed media streaming.

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Improving IT efficiency at Sheffield Hallam

03 January 2018

With a pedigree dating back to the early 19th century, Sheffield Hallam University has more than 31,000 students and more than 4,500 staff.

It is situated on two campuses comprising 12 major buildings in the city centre, including the Sheffield Institute of Education at Charles Street which was re-developed at a cost of £30m in 2014-15.

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