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Scotland’s first prep school seals deal with IT solutions provider

Multi-platform IT solutions provider Opal has bolstered its position in the education market by adding the oldest independent boarding and day prep school in Scotland to their client list.

Cargilfield School, founded in 1873, was the first prep school to be established in Scotland, and currently caters to more than 300 children aged 3 – 13 years.   OPAL entered into discussions with Cargilfield after they experienced problems with their IT infrastructure. The school’s requirements were mapped out and a solution delivered to meet the budget and technical specification. This included multi-site server virtual environments for disaster recovery, 40Gb fibre optic cable with multi point 10Gb switching, Wi-Fi access points to ensure complete campus Wi-Fi coverage for iPads and a secure cloud-based back-up solution for critical school data.

The deal is the latest win for Opal IT in the education sector, where it already works with a number of leading state and independent school across the UK.

Ross Murdoch, deputy head at Cargilfield School, said: “Previously we had a three-year contract with another provider but we weren’t satisfied because we were finding glitches and problems with the network on a regular basis. We decided we’d look for another provider because we knew we needed someone with experience in installing an infrastructure that would allow children and staff to use our newly integrated iPads.

“Thanks to Opal, we now have a more reliable and robust network that’s scalable and can evolve with the development of our school.”

Opal provides a wide variety of services and specialises in the creation, integration and maintenance of Apple and Windows environments. An Authorised Apple Premium service provider, JAMF Pro Integrator, approved Microsoft partner and a part of the Apple Consultants Network, the Newcastle-headquartered company with offices in Edinburgh works with local, national and international companies and its biggest client has more than 50 global sites and 25,000 employees worldwide.

Andrew Metcalfe, managing director of Opal, said: “We’re delighted to be helping a long-standing and respected institution in Cargilfield School. We’ve built a strong wifi-enabled network for them and introduced mobile device management solutions that allow the school to monitor, manage and maintain any connected device, both onsite and off.

“Having worked with many education providers, we have a good understanding of their increasing reliance on and adoption of technology to improve the learning experience for students.”

For further information on Opal IT, please call 0330 22 33 011, e-mail support@opal-it.co.uk

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