Saint Edward's College
St. Edward's College has worked with Virtue Technologies on a number of projects that have been vital in enhancing their network and moving the college forward for a number of years.
St Edward’s College offers an inspiring and challenging education to over 1200 children from across the City of Liverpool and further afield. The use of ICT is extensive throughout the college and the college support the use of IT by stating 'ICT is a valuable subject to study due to the impact that Information Technology has on our daily lives. Regardless of career aspirations, one cannot escape the fact that ICT will play an integral role in all areas of life.'
We met with the network manager from St. Edward's College David Armsby, who gave us a summary of the collaboration between the college and Virtue Technologies.
Implementation of Office 365
The college wanted to migrate from ‘On Premise Exchange’ to a cloud based Office 365 solution. Dave pointed out they were having issues with the day to day management of Exchange on site and in particular the amount of storage this was taking up due to the growing size of mail boxes. This migration, completed by Virtue early in 2015, has removed any internal storage issues, allowed the college to de-commission the existing on premise exchange server and given staff the ability to easily access email from anywhere. In David’s own words ‘the entire migration was a success and went smoothly due to pre-installation planning and there was actual less than four hours downtime from start to finish’.
Site Wide Meru Managed Wireless Installation
St. Edward's were previously running an unmanaged wireless solution that covered half of the college. With the demand for Staff to have constant access around the college using mobile devices and also the increasing numbers of pupils bringing in their own devices, it was decided that a site wide, reliable, managed solution was necessary. Virtue Technologies worked with St. Edward's to survey, plan and install Meru Managed Wireless, covering the entire college in April of 2014. David is pleased to report that ‘the Wireless solution has been running for a year now and we have not had to log into the Controller a single time as we have had no issues with the system at all. It was another successful and smooth installation and both staff and pupils have been able to access the network and internet in every area of the college seamlessly and consistently’.
As part of the Wireless implementation, St. Edward's also asked Virtue to plan and provide new Core Switches, Edge Switches and a replacement and upgrade of existing Fibre. ‘Again this was a clean and professional installation’.
Server Migration, Virtualisation and Security
Virtue Technologies have worked with St. Edward's to implement new virtual servers running VMWare software. This has resulted in the college being able to retire a number of old servers and plan for the future as they want to install more and more servers onto the virtual platform. At the same time, an existing security device was replaced with a new Sophos UTM security device along with Web and Network protection. Again, David has been pleased to report that, ‘the installation of all of this went smoothly with no down time on the network. Virtue Engineers have always been meticulous in planning, totally professional and helpful throughout and continue to be so post installation. The Sophos UTM has allowed us greater control of internet access, a first class reporting system, and has meant that we are able to meet all esafety targets’.
Audio Visual and Cabling
Virtue Technologies have worked with St. Edward's for over seven years in providing AV and cabling to class rooms and also each hall and drama studio around the college. ‘This has always been a first class service’, says David. ‘Originally Virtue started by providing us with interactive boards, projectors, electrics and data to a large number of classrooms and this has progressed to larger projects in the Halls and studios including work on enhancing sound and lighting systems and all relevant cabling. I have known the team be onsite and have work completed, installed the areas left tidy and clean before classes have even started’.
Virtue Engineers have always been meticulous in planning, totally professional and helpful