Schulwerk der Diözese Augsburg, a public ecclesiastical foundation of the Augsburg Diocese, believes in putting people first. The 40 Catholic schools sponsored by the foundation seek to implement this philosophy both in the classroom and in day-to-day Christian fellowship. Schulwerk der Diözese Augsburg wants to shape not only children’s intellect but also their hearts—with the help of modern technology.
Schulwerk der Diözese Augsburg initially wanted to build a new Wide Area Network (WAN), but to do this, a new data centre was needed as well. The foundation wanted to outsource not only operation of the data centre, but also the planning, building and implementation stages of the project itself. They were therefore looking for an expert, external solutions integrator to connect the foundation’s 40 schools to the data-centre backbone. This would require new servers as well as a new network design for the WAN, LAN and WiFi. In addition, the IT equipment on school campuses would be updated and standardised to ensure that their technology was forward-facing across the board.
To network all of Schulwerk der Diözese Augsburg’s schools, Bechtle first built a data centre—featuring storage, firewalls and data backup—which Bechtle itself would host. A separate competitive dialogue was held to determine who would provide the high-speed data connections linking all 40 schools. This eventually went to M-net. Bechtle developed a special IP plan for the 100 Mb MPLS network and connected all schools over the course of two years. The schools’ high-speed connections allowed Bechtle to move key processes, such as data backup, to the central data centre.
Schools nowadays are finding it increasingly difficult to meet the demands of an advanced IT infrastructure, including administrative tasks. We are therefore very grateful that Bechtle, as a full-service provider, not only built our data centre and connected our schools, but also simplified administration considerably by implementing AixConcept software.
Peter Kosak, Director, Schulwerk der Diözese Augsburg