Stonesoft technology used in Building Schools for the Future government project to deliver 21st century schools for every secondary school pupil in England
Stonesoft, provider of integrated network security and business continuity solutions, has become a premier partner of Ramesys, a leading integrated schools solutions provider.
Ramesys provides product or services to over 17,000 schools, through framework contracts, and is a leading ICT partner in the governments Building Schools for the Future and Academies programmes (BSF). Educational establishments participating in the scheme, that have already deployed Stonesoft technology include schools in Manchester City Council and the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
Stonesoft technology - including its flagship StoneGate appliance providing firewall, intrusion prevention systems (IPS), ISP load balancing for continuous availability, remote access, and managed services - is being deployed by Ramesys to provide schools with ICT infrastructures built on choice as well as cost efficiencies. Under the terms of the agreement, Ramesys will provide security and network continuity technology and managed services to schools under the BSF project.
Managed services let schools focus their resources on their core educational efforts, whilst enjoying advanced IT security and high-availability network infrastructures, at a cost effective price. The remote and centralised management services included in StoneGate also allow schools to have 24/7 IT support and troubleshooting, without having to worry about dealing with increasingly complex IT systems. When installing the systems, schools can choose to outsource the entire implementation to Ramesys or involve their own technicians to undertake a joint implementation. Ongoing support can range from basic helpdesk support through to comprehensive remote management of entire IT infrastructures
The deployments can also involve multi-site implementations where a central infrastructure hosts core functions such as firewall, switches, router, backup, virus protection, remote updates, content hosting and remote access. This type of central hosting model provides cost-savings as well as flexibility to schools to use the services as they require.
Further IT services provided to the schools include infrastructure remote monitoring and management services, desktop management, hardware maintenance and application service provision, where applications are hosted and managed from Ramesyss secure data centre facility; this extends to a complete range of remote hosting and disaster recovery services.
Chris Bignall, head of solutions development at Ramesys said: We chose to partner with Stonesoft because of the companys expertise in the public sector and for the flexibility of its products. We work with schools that have a variety of IT needs and require different levels of IT support. The StoneGate technology can accommodate both remote and on-site management. It is also the most adequately priced solution on the market for this type of implementation.
Ash Patel, UK and Ireland country manager said: Stonesoft is proud of its partnership with Ramesys and honoured to support the BSF programme through this partnership.
The BSF programme was launched in 2004 by the Department for Education & Skills with the aim of providing 21st century standard schools for every secondary school pupil in England over the next 10-15 years. One of its aims is to equip schools with fully integrated and up-to-date ICT systems.
Ramesys is one of the UKs fastest growing providers of ICT solutions to education, and a leading ICT partner in the Building Schools for the Future and Academies programmes. Drawing on the joint expertise of our own in-house educationalists and global partners in software, hardware and construction, Ramesys is able to select the best combination of market-leading products ensuring that our Becta accredited solutions are leading edge and meet school and learner needs today and tomorrow.
About Stonesoft Corporation
Stonesoft Corporation (OMX: SFT1V) is an innovative provider of integrated network security solutions to secure the information flow of distributed organisations. Stonesoft customers include enterprises with growing business needs requiring advanced network security and always-on business connectivity.
StoneGate secure connectivity solution unifies firewall, VPN, IPS and SSL VPN blending network security, end-to-end availability and award-winning load balancing into a unified and centrally managed system. The key benefits of StoneGate secure connectivity solution include low TCO, excellent price-performance ratio and high ROI.
StoneGate Management Centre provides unified management for StoneGate Firewall with VPN, IPS and SSL VPN. StoneGate Firewall and IPS work together to provide intelligent defence all over the enterprise network while StoneGate SSL VPN provides enhanced security for mobile and remote use.
Founded in 1990, Stonesoft Corporation is a global company with corporate headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and Americas headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.