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Access to email and key Office applications is critical to virtually every business and that’s what Office365 provides, without the fuss, cost, complexity and upgrade cycle associated with running on premise serves.

Key benefits of the service include:

  • All the Office applications you’re used to for a fixed predictable cost;
  • Super mobile, work from any internet connection location from virtually any device;
  • High levels of security without the concern about having to backup;
  • Monthly billing to support growing and dynamic businesses;
  • Reduce to zero the cost associated with buying email servers and Office licences.

Nominated as a Cloud Champion by Microsoft, Westcom has migrated thousands of mailboxes to the cloud for businesses and schools.  On top of the managed email service, customers appreciate the flexibility which Office 365 Business Premium provides to install the familiar Office suite on up to five computers per user, allowing laptops and desktops to all be used to access work no matter where people are.

In schools, Westcom has extensive experience of using Office 365 to help staff and students alike get maximum value from the wide range of services targeted specifically at academia, including the ability for staff and students to get a free licence for Microsoft Office to use at home.


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Featured Case Study

Edinburgh International Conference Centre

The challenge

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) had outgrown its legacy hardware controller-based WLAN which supported a limited number of 802.11n wireless access points. With the need to support 802.11ac data rates, greater density of devices and the increasing demand for Wi-Fi access, the EICC required a highly scalable, reliable solution which could support its high profile events and its commitment to sustainability.

With Wi-Fi being the primary method of connectivity and events becoming more app driven, higher speed, higher density Wi-Fi was critical.  As a facilitator for this, an upgrade to a 10Gbps core network upgrade took place with resilient fibre links to each remote cabinet.

What we did

The EICC deployed ADTRAN’s Bluesocket virtual Wireless LAN (vWLAN) solution with Bluesocket BSAP-3040 802.11ac Wave 2 access points. vWLAN’s optional high availability software was also deployed to create a fault tolerant Wi-Fi environment to keep delegates connected.

ADTRAN’s Bluesocket vWLAN solution enabled the EICC to easily move to a 802.11ac Wave 2 WLAN solution whist avoiding the traditional costs and constraints related to traditional hardware based Wi-Fi controllers.  By leveraging the new 10Gbps network infrastructure and upgraded internet connections, the full potential of the Bluesocket 802.11ac Wave 2 access points can be realised by delegates travelling to Edinburgh from across the world, needing the Wi-Fi to keep in touch with business and family.

By using the Bluesocket virtual infrastructure, the EICC benefits from greater scalability, a reduced total cost of ownership, increased capacity and integrated guest access services to support its various events. vWLAN in a high availability configuration provided the EICC with seamless failover with zero packetloss – ensuring user connectivity and satisfaction. vWLAN can effortlessly support in excess of 5,000 concurrent users while also supporting EICC’s sustainability strategy.

With wireless security a constant concern, vWLAN leads the way with a secure 802.11ac solution that takes advantage of intelligent access points to enforce security policies at the edge. A full stateful firewall is configured and managed centrally but the policy is enforced at the access point to ensure that any unwanted traffic never enters the network.

 

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