Noadswood School serves Dibden Purlieu and Hythe on the Southampton Waterside. They have been shortlisted for a prestigious Excellence Award for their use of IT to enhance learning and engage students and parents both within and beyond the school. Noadswood were using an onsite solution for email which was proving costly to the school. To address this issue, Blue Chip recommended that its Microsoft Exchange environment was moved to Microsoft’s hosted platform which would reduce the management overhead, hardware and storage expense associated with maintaining this existing solution. Hosting would also enable Noadswood to leverage the additional benefits of the Cloud.
Blue Chip implemented a new Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online tenant and migrated the on-premise Exchange environment over to the Cloud. This involved setting up a new agreement for Microsoft’s Office 365 Education E1 plan, configuring Exchange Online services and completing a live migration of all user mailboxes from Exchange 2010 over to Exchange Online. Following the migration, all on-premise Exchange services at Noadswood were decommissioned.
Success and Company Benefit
Microsoft Office 365 is designed to deliver reliability, availability and performance with a 99.9% uptime. This has enabled Noadswood School to increase resilience and improve services and business continuity for email. It has also cut costs by removing the requirement for licensing and hardware and provides free access to Exchange Online under the Education Plan. In addition, this hosted service has removed the need for costly support which has significantly reduced management overheads.
Luke Wells, ICT Systems Manager at Noadswood said, “Moving to a cloud-based solution has streamlined email management and improved efficiency. Due to the success of the project and Blue Chip’s exemplary skills, we have showcased the technology to other schools in the area.”