Jarrow School

Jarrow School has future proofed its network and improved bandwidth performance by 500% following a switching project from Redway Networks

Jarrow School’s exceptional facilities, including state-of-the-art classrooms, PC suites, and virtual learning environment, were being limited by connectivity issues that impacted 800 students and 100 staff. The school’s ageing Cisco network had reached the end of its life, and could no longer meet the bandwidth requirements for today’s teaching causing network issues from edge to core. Redway Networks conducted an audit of the existing infrastructure and designed, installed and configured new switches to future-proof Jarrow School’s classrooms for the next 10 years.

The new switching solution has delivered:

  • 500% improvement in bandwidth across the whole school site
  • Speed improvement from 10GB 60GB to over 800 pupils and 100 staff

  • Considerable time saved on network administration due to automated workflows

We’ve saved considerable administration time deploying Microsoft Windows operating systems and applications to new and existing devices. Before our new switching we had to perform software imaging during school holidays due to the lack of bandwidth but now we can update a whole suite of thirty PCs in around an hour.

Ian Brown, Leader of ICT Development, Jarrow School

jarrow school switching solution

The Challenge

Classrooms were seeing a poorer student and teacher experience due to poor connectivity, holding back learning, lesson planning and staff collaboration.

Ian Brown, Leader of ICT Development at the school said: “With no firmware updates available via Cisco, we couldn’t take advantage of new protocols, so we decided to upgrade our remaining network switches. We’d gone for Aruba’s 5400R core switch so we set out to find an expert network vendor who could work with us to design a future proofed solution for our whole network and switching configuration, successfully completing our Aruba deployment.” Read how we helped in our case study.


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