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End-to-end HP infrastructure at Eastwood School “We are very happy with the products we’ve installed and the service that goes with them. HP has demonstrated a good understanding of the challenges that educational institutions face. In every way, it has lived up to its reputation as a well- respected vendor.” John Arnold, network manager, Eastwood School Eastwood School
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Increasingly, information and communications technology (ICT) is playing a key role in education at all levels. In the UK, the government is actively promoting its use and has invested heavily in relevant training for teachers. Thus today, both teachers and parents expect schools to make good use of technology in both the classroom and office. Eastwood School, a state foundation school for 11- to 18-year-olds with a specialisation in performing arts and sports, is keenly aware of the benefits that ICT can bring. Located in Southend-on-Sea, Eastwood School has some 850 pupils and a staff of 100, of whom 65 are teachers. Recognising that technology could be used to raise achievement as well as to reduce administrative costs, the school recently reviewed its approach to buying and implementing technology. “Traditionally, we always tried to save money by keeping initial purchase costs down. Unfortunately, this caused us to run into lots of problems with support and product reliability. Also, our infrastructure became very difficult to manage because it was not standardised,” explained John Arnold, the school’s network manager. Reducing TCO Eastwood School decided to implement a new, standardised, high-quality infrastructure over a period of three years, with the aim of simplifying management, improving reliability and reducing total cost of ownership (TCO). However, the school’s ambitions extended well beyond a mere platform replacement. It produced a vision document that set out two main objectives: to reduce ongoing administrative costs per pupil, and to provide ICT facilities that would help every person in the school to fulfil their potential.
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