Northgate Managed Services Secures £170m contract to provide Education Cloud for Northern Ireland


Northgate Managed Services to deliver Europe’s first Education Cloud for 1,200 schools and over 350,000 teachers and learners.

Northgate Managed Services (Northgate) has further cemented its reputation as a leading provider of ICT services after being appointed by Classroom 2000 (C2k) to provide the new ‘Education Network Northern Ireland’ (ENNI) contract.

Northgate will take responsibility for all aspects of the service, including the Wide Area Network, Local Area Network and Telecoms which will be delivered in partnership with its subcontractor Eircom.

The five year contract will see Northgate design, implement, manage and support Europe’s first Education Cloud environment for schools in Northern Ireland, providing secure access to resources online, 24 x 7 from a wide range of devices. Eircom will deliver superfast connectivity to the Education Cloud, providing schools with up to 200mb of bandwidth.

The new service has been designed to create a dynamic, future proofed, flexible service which provides schools with increased access to learning resources and the ability to collaborate and develop skills which will equip learners for the future.

Schools will have greater flexibility and choice in how ICT is used across the curriculum.  Improving wireless technology supports the growing trend for using mobile devices in the classroom - allowing teachers and students to gain access to the network and resources securely via personal devices such as smart phones, IPads, tablet PCs and laptops.  Schools will access a range of applications, educational resources and toolsets through Northgate's innovative My-School learning portal.

The new Education Cloud provides the ability to scale computing resources to meet the needs of schools both today and in the future with schools benefiting from secure cloud computing. Centralised backup and archiving services ensure that schools have access to virtually unlimited storage.

Commenting on the contract, Andy Ross, Chief Executive, Northgate Managed Services said

"This is a tremendous achievement for the company and is one that clearly positions Northgate as a leading provider of innovative ICT services for schools. Building the first Education Cloud in Europe is a significant point in the company’s history and creates a fantastic platform for future growth in the UK and beyond.

"Winning the contract is also of great significance for the local economy. The continued investment in ICT in schools ensures that every student can attain the vital ICT skills needed for today's technology driven workplace and support the continued growth in Northern Ireland’s vibrant technology sector”

Jimmy Stewart, Director, C2k said, "The new  ICT service has been designed to recognise the educational requirements of Northern Ireland schools, deliver technology driven learning environments and incorporate the latest innovations in technology.

"Northgate has continuously demonstrated excellence in the education services it has developed and has a highly talented and dedicated team in place. I look forward to working with Northgate in the coming months and to deploying the ENNI infrastructure in schools across Northern Ireland."

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