Harrow, one of Britain's leading independent schools, has opted for a 100MB internet link from NetworkFlow – www.networkflow.com - to ensure that it can offer the best modern facilities for pupils, parents, teaching staff, prospective attendees, supporters and alumni alike.
Founded in 1572 under a Royal Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth I, Harrow is today a full boarding, all boys school, for 800 boys from across the globe. The Harrow Foundation is comprised of Harrow School and The John Lyon School, as well as two Harrow International Schools. Harrow has always been a school with strong international links. The first Prime Minister of India was educated there - as were members of the royal families of Thailand, Jordan and Malaysia.
Given its tradition, the huge demand for places and its international links, a reliable, fast and high bandwidth network is absolutely essential. Computer Services Manager, Roger Saunders, explains: “The 100MB link from NetworkFlow allows us to record the boys’ performances in music concerts and make these available, via the Intranet, to their parents based anywhere in the world. And with the Internet now offering such invaluable teaching resources, it’s also essential to provide sufficient bandwidth for everyone to access it when they need to. It’s a vital means of offering the best and most modern facilities but at a cost we can afford.”
Harrow School previously relied on a radio connection via JANET to the University of Westminster, but given the limited bandwidth and the fact that it only operated a college timetable – not suited to the 24/7 demands of a boarding school – Roger Saunders had to find a cost-effective alternative.
Harrow School was introduced to NetworkFlow by The John Lyon School which is a day school nearby. The Harrow and John Lyon datacentres are linked by a 1.3 Km optic fibre and John Lyon had already installed a 100MB internet link. Following a competitive tender, NetworkFlow was chosen on the basis of its superior network, reliability, resilience and cost-effectiveness.
David Alexander, commercial director of NetworkFlow, comments: “Our network has allowed us to provide Harrow School with a 100MB bearer using – and paying for - just 30MB currently. This is scalable as Harrow’s requirements increase in the future. More importantly, we’ve used a technology called wave division multiplexing (WDM) which provides 3 circuits over just 2 of the strands of fibre between the schools. By combining it with our 100Mb service to John Lyon School and two backup lines, we can offer both schools automatic resilience against failure at 4 separate points. The end result is a high bandwidth, secure and resilient network which doesn’t break their budgets.”
For further information visit http://www.harrowschool.org.uk
Notes to editors – NetworkFlow
NetworkFlow is a specialist managed services provider of high-bandwidth connectivity solutions for a wide range of enterprises.
Unlike other managed services providers who simply resell other telecoms carriers’ solutions, NetworkFlow has its own next generation network for its business customers, ensuring consistently high performance across all of their applications. The company manages and maintains both Internet access and MPLS networks and uses the lowest cost fibre providers for the local tail connections – it can therefore select the best of breed in any one area and provide truly resilient and robust solutions.
Competitive pricing has been key to its success to date. Its unique online Quote Engine - http://quoteengine.networkflow.com/networkflow/ - enables customers to compare prices from multiple T1 carriers and generate instant quotes – a first for the industry.
NetworkFlow has an enviable client portfolio which includes high street brands such as Yo!Sushi, SweatShop, American Express and Suzuki.
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