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Read FE College upgrades to cost-effective, reliable and secure switching infrastructure

FE College upgrades to cost-effective, reliable and secure switching infrastructure

Shipley College is a small, friendly college with a reputation for providing outstanding support for students. Situated in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saltaire, it is a great place to study and prides itself on providing a fantastic learning environment for all its students.

There are a wide range of courses offered at Shipley College; including BTEC's as full-time courses, apprenticeships, part-time courses and services to business.

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Deploy a wired solution to replace an ageing Cisco environment which was struggling to meet increased demands and where renewing support was becoming uneconomical.


A number of vendors and resellers were approached to discuss technical details and outline plans for a possible solution.

IT outcomes:

Provides a reliable and resilient network to meet the ever increasing demand of the college.

Simplified network management by ensuring all switches were of the same make and model and based on the same CLI.

Increased bandwidth availability.

Business outcomes:

Improves the staff and student experience, through the ability to keep up with demand created by new applications, systems and curriculum.

Reduces the cost of ownership with the benefits of a lifetime warranty and simplified management.

Reduces carbon footprint by consolidating with higher port-density, energy efficient switches.

The result

“Throughout the installation the ADA team were brilliant! Ensuring that everything from the delivery of equipment, through to testing and handover, ran smoothly. Our installation was quite complex, in that it had to take place during operational hours, meaning little (or no) downtime was paramount.

The ADA project engineer—who was ever-present throughout the project—was both accommodating and very hard-working; starting early in the morning and working late into the evening to ensure we met with no disruption. Since the installation, the project engineer and our account manager have been in regular contact to ensure the solution is performing as we expected.

Throughout the project, ADA Networks exceeded my expectations and the project was a pleasure to work on.”

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