Network Refresh Non Ministerial Department

Centiant has recently carried out a Network transformation service for two Non Ministerial Departments (Ofsted and Office of Rail and Road). Both departments were in similar situations in that they were moving services from a single IT provider and utilising smart sourcing to procure modular services from the market. This included the migration of services traditionally held on premise to cloud providers.

Like most central government departments OFSTED and ORR both have a central London office and regional offices across the country. Both departments, as a result of the smart sourcing exercise, were looking for a flexible supplier who could provide wire and wireless networking solutions across its estate. The existing estate were provided as a managed service by the existing provider and this network would be removed as part of the exit process. They needed to identify and contract a reliable and flexible supplier along with deliver the replacement service within a 6 month window.

The initial site (Lyneham) was contracted through a general further competition through a now obsolete framework. Following the success of Lyneham, a further three sites were awarded as direct award services through RM1045.

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Solution and Outcome

Centiant is a vendor agnostic supplier and as such chose technology that was most appropriate for our customers’ needs. We proposed solutions based on:

  1. Brocade LAN technology: - we selected Brocade as it share the same programming language as Cisco making transition quick and easy. It provides strong performance and a wide range switches in varying price and performance variants.
  2. Aerohive wireless technology: - We proposed the latest 802.11AC Wave 2 wireless access points based on the embedded controller technology from Aerohive. This wireless technology allows access points to be deployed without the need for a central controller. Additionally thanks to the hive technology users are able to move between sites seamlessly, automatically connecting to the network no matter what building they are based from.
  3. Sophos firewalls:- One of the non-Ministerial Departments required additional services in the form of firewall protection. We proposed the use of Sophos Unified threat management firewalls which in addition to firewall services also provides web content management and advanced intrusion protection.

The direct award process was rapid and allowed Centiant sufficient time working closely with the customer to deploy the network across multiple sites within the agreed timeline.

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Network Refresh Non Ministerial Department

Centiant has recently carried out a Network transformation service for two Non Ministerial Departments (Ofsted and Office of Rail and Road). Both departments were in similar situations in that they were moving services from a single IT provider and utilising smart sourcing to procure modular services from the market. This included the migration of services traditionally held on premise to cloud providers.

Like most central government departments OFSTED and ORR both have a central London office and regional offices across the country. Both departments, as a result of the smart sourcing exercise, were looking for a flexible supplier who could provide wire and wireless networking solutions across its estate. The existing estate were provided as a managed service by the existing provider and this network would be removed as part of the exit process. They needed to identify and contract a reliable and flexible supplier along with deliver the replacement service within a 6 month window.

The initial site (Lyneham) was contracted through a general further competition through a now obsolete framework. Following the success of Lyneham, a further three sites were awarded as direct award services through RM1045.

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Solution and Outcome

The Centiant solution had secure wireless at its heart. We installed new passive infrastructure across hundreds of buildings on each site including classrooms, accommodation blocks and social areas. This enabled Centiant to deliver a Cisco Wireless solution across the site allowing users to access the LEARN network from any location. The wireless solution was connected to a Centiant designed and delivered dual core solution including SAN’s, Servers and core networking provided by EMC and Cisco. All protected by an accredited firewall solution. The service is supported through a combination of onsite and remote support staff with a mixture of public sector and industry provided staff.

Centiant has delivered it’s LEARN training solution to thousands of students. This LEARN solution allows classrooms to become common teaching spaces, enables students to work securely anywhere on and offsite. We delivered 1000’s of wireless access points and support 1000’s of staff and students.
Centiant has significant experience of how to design and deliver secure accreditable systems. We used this knowledge to work with the customer and its accreditor to design a system that protects the Governments information yet allows users to operate in a flexible style.

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Consultancy

Public Sector IT is changing budgets being tighter than ever before. Security risks are increasing; however, users want the same open on the go experience as they have on their own systems. Centiant provide a wide range of technical solutions to meet these challenges, but where do you start? This is where our consultancy provision can help. One such service is our cloud transformation service.

Many Public sector organisations are looking to transition from a single service provider, delivering all services in a combined package to a smart sourced solution. This solution ensures only essential services continue on site with the remaining services being moved to the cloud. This sounds simple and it is a cost effective solution, but where do you start and how do you ensure that when the services from the single source supplier are decommissioned that the lights stay on and users can still operate?

Our cloud transformation service includes the performance of a comprehensive audit of all physical infrastructure and the services hosted internally and externally.
A report is produced recommending the most suitable methods to unpick services and in which order.

Additionally, if the service is ordered as part of one of our network solutions, we can provide a guided transition from the existing all in one service to your desired solution. This includes technical architects and engineers collaborating with customer staff before during and after transition. We can react rapidly during migration to resolve any issues or conflicts between suppliers. We will perform the role of both network provider and customer advisor acting as a technical bridge between you and the cloud provider.