Intelligent Servers Saves Multi-Academy over £300k with refurbished Network and Server Overhaul
Intelligent Servers
Data Centre Consolidation/Upgrade/Refresh Project of the Year
Entry Description
An IT Manager who works for a multi-academy trust responsible for the IT infrastructure of six schools approached Intelligent Servers when he was tasked with a large infrastructure overhaul project. With a budget of £120,000, the objective was a cost-effective upgrade of the entire Network and Server infrastructure. The project included replacing the entire fibre and copper Network Switch infrastructure as well as upgrading all of the current Server infrastructure.
The Trust wanted to upgrade their existing HP ProCurve infrastructure that consisted of 1Gbit at the Core and 100Mbit at the Edge. The IT manager wanted to upgrade their entire infrastructure with 10Gbit at the Core and 1Gbit at the Edge.

The Trust received quotes from resellers for new HP ProCurve/ Aruba solutions with most quoting over £350,000. Intelligent Servers came in at £80,000 providing a huge saving, using Refurbished Cisco Catalyst 6509’s at the Core, giving the customer multiple media types by using 1Gbit RJ45, 1Gbit SFP and 10Gbit X2 Line Cards. Intelligent Servers supplied Cisco Catalyst 4948-10GE’s at the Edge for 1Gbit RJ45 endpoint connectivity and 10Gbit Uplinks back to the Core Cisco Catalyst 6509’s.

Since the Trust had saved over £200,000 on Networking, the leftover budget was utilised to upgrade their aging Dell R610 Servers to 11 Dell PowerEdge R620’s and R820’s. The Trust also bought a Dell SAS Storage San and connected all the R620’s to this. By making the choice of Refurbished as oppose to new directly from Dell, the Trust made a further saving of £90,000. All Servers were fully configured with Processers, Hard Drives, Memory and other components to ensure the Trust’s exact requirements were met. They were then built by specialists at Intelligent Servers’ dedicated facility and fully tested before being packed in custom packaging to ensure a safe transit. All hardware was backed with a three year warranty, including remote set up and support throughout. IT technicians from Intelligent Servers visited the site to assist with installation and configuration of the new infrastructure.

“They designed a solution for us that met our budget perfectly and coupled with the 3 year warranty, which they do honour with no quibble.
Andy had visited our site throughout the project to assist with the installation and configuration and is exceptionally knowledgeable. Their ongoing support is second to none and I still badger Andy for help now and again and he is more than willing to assist, even when it’s not his problem!”
IT Manager, Multi-Academy Trust

Since completing this project, the Trust went on to place over 25 orders with Intelligent Servers for a range of hardware, including laptops for employees, Hard Drives for upgrades, and Dell PowerEdge Servers or other infrastructure projects. Intelligent Servers offered huge savings by offering quality refurbished IT hardware, configured by specialists and backed with a three year warranty, with the team on hand to offer technical advice and support.

“This company is a true gem and I would have no hesitation in coming back to them time and time again. They are now my first stop for Networking and Servers and I have no need to go anywhere else. If they don't stock it, they will find it! Unbeatable value and unbeatable customer service.
Thanks guys, you’ve done an amazing job and you have benefited the education of all the young people we serve!”
IT Manager, Multi-Academy Trust