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ACS International Schools

ACS conducted a vast amount of research to find a technology business which could deliver leading Cisco network technologies for a digitally-led education establishment looking to take enhanced learning to the next level.



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About ACS International Schools

Founded in 1967, ACS International Schools (ACS) educate more than 3,500 students (aged two to 18, day and boarders) from more than 100 countries. It has three sites in the UK – Cobham, Egham and Hillingdon – and one in Doha, Qatar.

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The Challenge

Renowned for its commitment to using technology to elevate educational experiences, ACS were keen to refresh its aging WAN and LAN and implement a service-ready, high availability and resilient LAN infrastructure, optimised for connected classroom learning and evolving digital learning needs, such as video streaming.

Focus Group pipped two other Cisco providers to the post thanks to the fact that they were considered to “eat, live and breathe’ Cisco network technologies and vast research conducted by ACS International Schools revealed Focus Group’s “deep experience at enabling services for today’s digitally-led education instructions.”

Previously, we spent 90 per cent of our day fire-fighting problems. But, thanks to Focus, we’ve experienced a phenomenal turnaround in operations. The new management platform makes it easy to monitor performance and a quick phone call to Focus is all it takes if we wish to make changes to the network.

The Solution

Focus Group specified a 10GB Ethernet backbone with server to support a hyper-converged environment, ensuring optimum efficiency, before completely refreshing the backbone and LAN infrastructures at each school campus. Included in this was the implementation of Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches complete with power supply redundancy to limit network downtime at the Cobham site. Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Switches now support the Egham and Hillingdon sites. In total, 700 components were installed across the three sites in under six weeks.

ACS also selected Focus Group to take over the 24/7 management and support of their LAN environment. Focus will also be working on future projects to evolve ACS’s technology surrounding tele-presence and unified comms.

The Results

This network architecture refresh now ensures enterprise performance for an improved learning experience and little worries over any technical issues!

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