Servers in schools – best practices for your server room

Best practices for server rooms in schools

Servers are an essential asset for schools and server room design and setup are just as important.The servers and server room in your school manages all the data and information running through the whole school ICT network. Here at Network IT we have over 15 years of experience supporting schools’ server solutions and help your school to create a server and network infrastructure that is safe, spacious and friendly for the entire IT team.

Phase 1: Ideal server room size

Plan the server room to accomodate and include enough space for the servers, wires, cables, gateways and other necessary equipment to be kept comfortable.

Phase 2: Server and hardware storage

Optimise the space for ICT maximisation. Cabinets and shelves can be designed to store the physical machinery and IT related inventory like electrical switches and sockets in the server room. A well organised server room in your school helps with quick and efficient maintenance.

Phase 3: Keep cool

The server room in your school set, ensuring that it stays cool and dry to avoid the equipment from overheating is critical. Options can include a raised floor to distribute cooling in the entire server room and in-row cooling units. A thermometer and a dehumidifier in the school server room are great for regulating the temperature and conditions.

Phase 4: Cabling

The server room requires ample space to organise and run various network and internet cables. Power whips from a central electrical panel can help to ensure optimum power distribution to all server room hardware and equipment.

Phase 5:  Security

Network IT 24 can help your school to develop a security process. Server rooms house all the essential and critical data for the schools. Often, the server room is restricted to only a few people. Access control systems can be used to ensure that only the staff who need to go there have access. A secure server room protects all the data crucial to the smooth running of school services.

Step 6: Allow for monitoring

Another essential to ensure optimal operations and advance trouble-shooting is a monitoring process. Nerwork IT 24 offers monitoring and real-time analytics of your schools server room, activities and processes.  This allows any unusual activity coming over the server and network to be scanned for abnormalities, and any issues can often be resolved remotley and on-site.

Which ICT support package is best for my school?

Support your schools ICT infrastructure with the best support

With the large and swift changes to the way schools educate, interact with their communities and use ICT, the right support service and package can help schools like yours to strengthen and enhance the role of IT both in school and remotely.

Essential Support Service for Schools

An essential support service is most popular for schools, and is chosen for both convenience, quality and value. The essential service package covers a wide range of support and services and is sufficient for most school’s ICT and IT support. The essential service package includes:

  • ICT Strategy and 3 Year Plan
  • Server Support
  • Network Monitoring
  • Essential Systems Support
  • 24/7 Service Desk
  • Find out more

For schools with more specialist and specific needs, a custom ICT support package can be created by choosing support and services including all the Essential Services Modules as well as from the Technical Support and Remote Support services.

Need more expertise? Fancy a dedicated consultant on-site?

The Technical Support services offers numerous benefits to schools, in-house IT teams and school managers. A dedicated ICT for schools consultant is allocated to schools and can provide that extra level of support and expertise to ensure schools’ ICT networks and systems are running optimally.

Minimise hassle and speed up resolution times

A quick call, support request and remote access lets the remote support team resolve 90% of ICT issues faced by schools. The remote help-desk support is 24/7 and also gives schools the option of call-outs should the need arise. Our ICT for schools technicians and experts are all local UK based.

Not sure how much IT support your school needs?

Need help deciding which IT Support Package or ICT Services to choose from, our ICT Consultants are happy to help complete a FREE ICT Audit (worth £999!) to help you make an informed decision. Simply call 0121 582 0730 or book online here

Getting your Schools ICT ready to support learning in September

Schools reopening in September

Ensure a top class learning experience in September

With schools re-opening to students in September, it is more important than ever to ensure your schools IT supports the new emphasis on distance learning and digital classrooms. Schools have to improve and upgrade their ICT network, hardware, software and infrastructure to meet the demand of digital based learning, including remote learning, online lessons and what is now being termed hybrid learning.

Identify where to improve and upgrade your schools ICT

A full ICT audit and healthcheck for your school will give you an overview of the current IT infrastructure, what is performing well and what could be improved to enhance your schools chances of meeting the demands of the new  digital reliant education and curriculum.

 

“Get a real-time overview of your school’s ICT letting you make intelligent and positive decisions”

 

Wi-Fi for your School

A fast, reliable and secure internet and Wireless network for your school will ensure the best possible experience for both students and staff. With the reliance and dominance of online learning in recent times, as well as remote and distance learning, both in and out of the classroom – a high quality wireless internet network for schools is increasingly important.

Servers for your School

Powerful and secure servers help form the backbone of your schools ICT network and infrastructure. Quality and speed are essential to support your schools ICT network and ensure an optimal educational experience. Servers for schools can ensure all your schools software and programs run smoothly.

Remote Learning

Software such as Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Office 365 for Education are increasingly relied on to deliver learning and teaching, as well as communicating with students, staff and parents. With many FREE features to enhance and organise lessons, cut down on resources and admin, Network IT 24 can help you install, setup and support both Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Office 365 for Education at your school.

Maximise your School’s ICT budget

Save Money on ICT

Helping your school save money

When looking at ways to maximise your ICT budget the first point to consider is ensuring you have a strategic ICT plan in place. We find schools often overspend on their ICT budget because they don’t have a plan. “Where do we start?” This is a popular question many schools ask and our answer is always the same. We work together to consider the following questions:

A Strategic ICT Plan for your School. Do you have one?

  1. What can your current ICT deliver now?
  2. How can you make better use of your existing ICT?
  3. What vision do you have for the future of your ICT & computing?
  4. How can you make this vision into a reality?

Once you’ve answered these questions you can move forward to ensure your school’s ICT needs are met and within budget.

“Schools often overspend on their ICT budget because they don’t have a plan”

Here at Network IT 24, we offer a FREE audit and healtcheck for your school IT Network and Infrastructure This will give you valuable and honest suggestions from our experience IT for schools consultants and expert technicians. We will help your school save money on ICT, be more efficient, more secure and future-proof. We are currently big on helping you setup your new remote learning and distance learning curriculum. Get in touch or fill in the simple ICT audit booking form and one of our friendly team will contact you.