Located in Chichester, West Sussex, England, Chichester High School for Boys and Chichester High School for Girls are secondary schools for students ages 11 to 16.
Chichester High School wanted enterprise-class wired and wireless infrastructures that could support the school’s needs for the next 10 years. “A responsive network is vital to ensuring a productive and high-quality learning experience,” said Jim Turner, Network Manager at Chichester High School.
The new network had to be easily managed in-house without requiring costly ongoing support and maintenance contracts.
Chichester High School narrowed its choices to three wired networking vendors, one of which was Brocade, as well as several wireless vendors, one of which was Ruckus. The school chose the Brocade® solution based on its technical capabilities, rapport with the Brocade team, and a game-changing purchasing option.Turner chose Ruckus for its great features and ability to deliver exactly what he wanted.
“It should be simple, but only Brocade and Ruckus got the approach right,” said Turner. “The Brocade sales team didn’t try to sell me according to their interests. Our Brocade account executive asked me exactly what I needed and that’s what I got. He knew our budget and he tailored the network to our technical and fiscal requirements.”
Not only did Turner acquire enterprise-grade networks within his budget, he was able to future-proof the school’s investment by acquiring the wired network through Brocade Network Subscription.
Brocade Network Subscription is a risk-free way to invest in new technologies, projects, and services. It allowed Chichester High School to subscribe to exactly what it needs today, with support included and no up-front cash required.
It can upgrade and expand at any time, or cancel with 60 days’ notice. By acquiring its solutions as a service, the school gains control over its network with the flexibility to navigate the future on demand.
Brocade Network Subscription allowed Chichester High School to future-proof its new network in ways that Turner had previously not imagined. Flexible terms and the ability to upgrade on demand, replace gear, or adapt the network as needed eliminate worries about the future. Turner knows that not only is the Brocade equipment lifecycle guaranteed, so is Brocade support.
“Brocade Network Subscription is awesome,” said Turner. “There’s no other word for it. When I originally sent the details to our finance director, he was immediately on the phone telling me to take the deal and that it was the best thing he’d seen.
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