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As Shropshire’s prominent further education institution, Telford College of Arts and Technology (TCAT) provides vital opportunities for students over 16. The College offers a wide range of vocational courses, including NVQs, professional qualifications, preparatory degrees and tailor-made programmes.

Students are entitled to a high-quality learning experience. However, as most don’t have the money to invest in their own IT, Telford College prides itself in the facilities it delivers, and the high levels of satisfaction its students enjoy. To stay competitive, The College must continue to offer state-of-the-art technology as part of a safe and secure study environment.

IN SEARCH OF A NEW SOLUTION

Telford College has ambitious plans for expansion, to serve its local student population even more effectively and embrace future educational needs. However, its existing IT support and infrastructure was not suitable to handle the resulting growth and additional demand. A lack of scalability and legacy equipment was hindering progress.

Without virtualisation, servers were running applications physically and storage facilities were inadequate to handle the data load. This made operations expensive and difficult to predict. Actual resource usage often differed from that originally planned, so because the existing environment was inflexible with poor scalability, this resulted in unnecessary extra costs.

As a result, The College was forced to spend additional money to keep the lights on and resources available, firefighting issues reactively rather than planning for future resource needs.

It was time for a fresh approach. To move away from legacy servers and infrastructure, and migrate to a single, scalable virtual platform managed by one supplier, to keep management affordable and hassle-free.

Telford College of Arts and Technology building and IT Support

As Shropshire’s prominent further education institution, Telford College of Arts and Technology (TCAT) provides vital opportunities for students over 16. The College offers a wide range of vocational courses, including NVQs, professional qualifications, preparatory degrees and tailor-made programmes.

Students are entitled to a high-quality learning experience. However, as most don’t have the money to invest in their own IT, Telford College prides itself in the facilities it delivers, and the high levels of satisfaction its students enjoy. To stay competitive, The College must continue to offer state-of-the-art technology as part of a safe and secure study environment.

IN SEARCH OF A NEW SOLUTION

Telford College has ambitious plans for expansion, to serve its local student population even more effectively and embrace future educational needs. However, its existing IT support and infrastructure was not suitable to handle the resulting growth and additional demand. A lack of scalability and legacy equipment was hindering progress.

Without virtualisation, servers were running applications physically and storage facilities were inadequate to handle the data load. This made operations expensive and difficult to predict. Actual resource usage often differed from that originally planned, so because the existing environment was inflexible with poor scalability, this resulted in unnecessary extra costs.

As a result, The College was forced to spend additional money to keep the lights on and resources available, firefighting issues reactively rather than planning for future resource needs.

It was time for a fresh approach. To move away from legacy servers and infrastructure, and migrate to a single, scalable virtual platform managed by one supplier, to keep management affordable and hassle-free.

“DTP offers the expertise in specific vendor hardware and software at a technical level we are unable to keep in house. This has made it possible for us to deliver the latest Microsoft technologies to the end users much more quickly than in the past, ProACTIVE credits are flexible and we get exceptional value for money”.

Paul Flanders, Head of Computer Services at Telford College

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