Indigo use IDE Group colocation & connectivity to free school from old legacy grid to safe and reliable ‘Secure Connect’ managed service
With increasing reliance on the Internet to access learning resources, Queen Elizabeth’s School selected Indigo’s Secure Connect to replace its legacy grid for learning connection.
The School selected Indigo’s Secure Connect and chose to connect via Indigo’s racks in IDE Group’s datacentre for backup and disaster recovery and to act as a technology hub for a federation of schools.
The solution included consultancy to optimize the network infrastructure and to reconfigure and move existing Lync, Exchange and Citrix services to the new connection.
Historically, the Internet was used as an online encyclopedia and rarely inside of the classroom. Fast-forward and today the Internet is now an essential part of learning in the classroom. Using the legacy grid for learning was proving increasingly frustrating; resources which were available one day could not be guaranteed to be available the next. Having to find alternatives at a moment’s notice was putting pressure on the teaching staff and the lack of consistency was having a negative impact on attention and learning in the classroom.
The School is now using the Internet to innovate; the Mathematics Faculty created an online community which led to increased participation and improved results. Chris Denton, Head of Mathematics, comments:
Queen Elizabeth’s School provides education to approximately 1,500 pupils from Wimborne Minster and the surrounding area. ICT forms an essential part of learning. ICT must be available during lessons and also outside of school hours to support pupils continuing their studies at home.