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Barnwell School overhauls legacy IT to enable BYOD plans

Matthew Finnegan | Oct. 28, 2013
Aims to provide data centre services to other schools in local area in Hertfordshire, UK

"We now have bring your own device policy for staff and sixth form students, and are considering putting it in place for GCSE students."

Long-held plans to introduce remote access have also been made possible, said Palin: "I would like students to have remote access to enable them to use applications like Adobe Dreamweaver at home, and so they can have access to all of their lesson materials which are set up in a drive at school."

Data centre sharing

The new infrastructure has also meant that Barnwell could supply its excess capacity to other local schools as part of a shared services programme, potentially generating additional revenue for the school.

"One of the other aspects is that, because we are actually a small data centre, we are looking at providing our data centre for other local schools to use," said Fitzpatrick.

"We have a school that is next door to us and they are currently enquiring about whether we can provide their data storage and network facility off the back of our network. So I think there are opportunities that are presenting themselves there."

 

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