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Partnership Approach and “Green Solution” Wins Specialist Technology Provider, Data Integration, Major Network Upgrade at University of Exeter

8th July 2008: The University of Exeter has chosen specialist IT services company, Data Integration, to undertake a radical network upgrade, which will enable the development of a wide range of cutting edge services in student communication. The upgrade is a key building block of the University’s strategic goal to move from 13th in the UK to the top-ten.

The new 10,000 port network will incorporate the latest wireless and mobile access, security, Juniper Networks’ EX Series switches, integrated Nortel and Microsoft unified communications and a campus-wide wireless network based on Aruba’s 802.11n access points. With green issues high on the University’s agenda, Data Integration’s ability to demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed infrastructure was a significant factor in their appointment.

Says the University’s Head of Networks Roger Snelling, “Understanding how the supplier would work with us to help us become a top 10 HE institution and how the proposed solution would help the University reduce its carbon footprint were key criteria in our evaluation. Data Integration scored well on both these counts, as well as offering the best value for money.”

Snelling continues, “Data Integration not only understood our requirements but translated them into a more superior technical solution whilst still making use of our existing investments. They also demonstrated that they would go beyond simply acting as a supplier and be intrinsically involved with our strategy.”

Simon Crumplin, CEO at Data Integration commented, “I am delighted that Data Integration has been chosen to deliver this contract. We have strong working relationships within the higher education sector, and we are looking forward to developing the partnership with the University of Exeter. It is exciting to be working with such clear and ambitious strategic objectives and helping their team to transform its IT environment and the services it offers to both staff and students.”

The multi-million pound contract will:

- deliver faster network access
- create wireless network across the Exeter campuses
- enable greatly improved e-learning capabilities
- provide increased protection against network damage
- deliver maximum reliability
- allow easier integration of new technology
- deliver uninterrupted service to facilitate hot-desking and home working
- support the University’s research and science strategy

Other higher education customers of Data Integration include the University of Reading, University of Surrey, and London South Bank University.
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About Data Integration

Founded in 1997, Data Integration is a specialist provider of high performance, secure network solutions, consultancy, and managed services. The company works closely with best-of-breed, leading technologies to provide its clients with an IT infrastructure that will drive their businesses to bring competitive advantage whilst reducing operating expenses.

Data Integration works with clients in enterprise, health, higher education, finance, and local government as well as systems integrators and outsourcers. Much of its business comes from existing clients with whom a strong working relationship has been built, and who enjoy working with Data Integration because of their immersion into their client’s culture and methodologies, solution planning and deliverability.

For more information on Data Integration visit http://www.dataintegration.com.

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