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Bath College

Updating infrastructure to support a growing college

The Brief

Bath College is a Further Education setting with campus’s located in the centre of Bath and Westfield in Somerset.  It has over 10,000 students, 600 staff and offers 1,400 courses including GCSE’s, Apprenticeships and Degrees.

After the merger in 2015 between City of Bath College and Norton Radstock College, it was clear that the technology and infrastructure was not capable of supporting the growing technological environment.  The servers were ageing plus storage and backup infrastructure were not in line with the increasing number of staff and students moving to Office 365 and cloud-based technologies. Historical methods of working were at risk of not being up to date with modern cyber threats and quicker, more dynamic ways of working remotely and on premise.

Key Deliverables

  • A clean migration path from old Dell Technologies to new Dell Technologies for servers and storage with minimal disruption of application serving.
  • Secure and back up of 2,300 full-time students and 600 staff Office 365 environments which include Teams, SharePoint and One Drive.
  • Unify backups to a single manageable method for the hybrid environment.
  • Improved overall compute, storage and back up recovery across all campuses and cloud.

The Solution

After conducting a complete review, 101 Data Solutions proposed a combined technology approach to deliver new Dell PowerEdge Servers and Dell storage technologies for onsite computing alongside Arcserve UDP Backup for office 365, Hyper-V and physical servers.

We managed all service delivery to ensure all aspects of the proposal came together including the recycling of older hardware into a Disaster Recovery location for off-site disaster recovery protection.

The Result

Improved performance of storage and servers over 100% using Flash Drives and faster controllers. Faster serving of applications, backup and protection of office 365, SharePoint, teams, One Drive and all on-premise applications using a single back up console, replicated all backups from the Arcserve Back up appliance to a remote Disaster Recovery site utilising older Dell Compellent storage systems.  Engineering provided by 101 Data solutions ensured all of this was completed remotely due to COVID restrictions and during normal operating hours.

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Contact 101 Data Solutions

101 Data Solutions, Broad Quay House, Prince Street, Bristol. BS1 4DJ.

 

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