Seamless installation of a new resilient LAN infrastructure across multiple campuses gives teachers, administrators and pupils access to reliable, high-speed ICT services

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Scalable, resilient campus-wide LANs enabling voice, video and data streaming for students and staff.

Location:

United Kingdom

Technology:

Cisco Catalyst LAN

Seamless installation of a new resilient LAN infrastructure across multiple campuses gives teachers, administrators and pupils access to reliable, high-speed ICT services

Founded in 1967, ACS runs three schools in the UK, and one in Doha, Qatar. Its 3,500 day and boarding pupils, aged from two to 18, come from more than 100 countries.

Having installed high-performance WiFi at its campuses, ACS wanted to refresh its ageing WAN and LAN infrastructure across its UK sites. As well as being complex to manage and configure, the network was unable to cope with surges in demand, and lacked the capacity for connected classroom learning and evolving digital learning platforms.

We proposed a 10GB Ethernet backbone, complete with server farm, to support an efficient, highly optimised and hyper-converged LAN environment. At the Cobham campus, we specified Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches, complete with power supply redundancy to limit network downtime. For the Egham and Hillingdon sites, we proposed a single system based on Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Switches capable of supporting up to 20 Gbps wireless throughput, with 180 access points and capacity for over 2000 wireless clients. In all, we deployed over 700 components, including switching, routing and interface modules and cabling – all within the schools’ six-week summer holiday period.

This high-capacity, enterprise-grade infrastructure enables high-quality, collaborative learning across all three campuses. As well as high-speed voice, data and video connectivity, students and teachers benefit from reliable access to bandwidth-intensive applications such as video streaming and high-end graphics.

As part of a wider rethink of its network infrastructure strategy, ACS also appointed us to take on the day-to-day management and support of its LAN environment.

 

“We no longer worry about any aspect of network performance. Focus Integration has set the bar against which we’ll measure any other managed service providers we work with in the future.”

Graham Mayers, Head of IT Operations, ACS International Schools

 

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