School IT Blog

Performance And Security For The School Mobile Device Revolution

Fri 02 May, 2014

Case Study:

Network Infrastructure Design

Location:

Oxfordshire

The Challenge

A large, OFSTED outstanding college in Oxfordshire recently increased the number of iPads and other mobile devices on its network and crucially began to allow its 1000+ students and staff to connect their own smartphones, tablets and laptops to the school network.

Their existing network infrastructure was not designed to cope with the sudden influx of unmanaged devices and negative effects started to be felt across the site. Security was also a growing concern, with e-safety and data protection high on the customer’s agenda.

The Solution

Technical consultants from Soft Egg assessed the state of the College’s infrastructure and, following extensive discussions with its in-house IT Services team, worked to design a new network – reusing existing equipment where practical and also supplying new HP Procurve equipment, which provided the College with high performance, reliable connectivity at an affordable price.

The existing single “pool” of network resources was split into a number of smaller virtual networks - reducing unnecessary network traffic whilst also giving the customer the ability to implement sophisticated security rules, such as preventing users from being able to circumvent internet filtering systems.

The Outcome

The College has a new network ready for the BYOD revolution – powered by network equipment from a single vendor and backed by a lifetime warranty; with real-time monitoring capabilities to ensure that any future issues can be diagnosed and fixed much more quickly than before.

The analysis carried out by Soft Egg highlighted some areas where the College could continue to improve its ICT provision, and we are looking forward to continuing to work closely with the College as their requirements develop.