Case Study 2


400-user education client (2009 - present)

This company has about 40 internal users and between 300 and 400 students. In 2009, luckily all students were using traditional text books because this company's system was completely archaic. It was still running hubs instead of switches. It lacked an organized infrastructure for cabling, wired switches and wireless access. Except for a shared curriculum database on a 10-year old PC, there was no shared data whatsoever. There was also no centralized management of users, antivirus, or anti spam. The Internet access was a slow 3 Mbps DSL and there was no content filtering.

Under our management, the school now has an organized wired and wireless infrastructure. User accounts, user data, antivirus, and anti spam are all centrally managed. The old PC was replaced with an on-premise Windows Server running on a Dell PowerEdge server for storage of non-student data. Google Apps and other Google services was setup for use with the student body. The slow 3 Mbps DSL line was replaced with a 250 Mbps fiber Internet connection. A content filter on the firewall was setup to protect students from adult content.

The below is a brief summary of the system before us and the system under our management:

Before

  • A slow single PC acting as server;
  • No dedicated server room;
  • Cat-5 wiring;
  • A Slow 10/100 Mbps network;
  • No wireless LAN;
  • A slow 3 MB DSL line;
  • No firewall;
  • No UPS battery system; and
  • No backup or disaster recovery plan.

 

After

  • Added mix of Google cloud services and an on-premise Microsoft Windows Server and Exchange server;
  • Added air conditioned server room;
  • Upgraded to cat-6 wiring;
  • Upgraded to gigabit network with 5 clustered Cisco switches in 4 IDF closets and 1 MDF closet;
  • Added 22 wireless access points;
  • Upgraded DSL to 250 Mbps fiber connection;
  • Added a Sonicwall firewall;
  • Added an APC UPS battery system; and
  • Added daily backup and a disaster recovery plan.