Imerja, working in partnership with lead supplier Virgin Media Business and infrastructure vendor Extreme Networks, has completed a major overhaul of the IT network at Fareham Borough Council.
The Hampshire council commissioned the work as part of its proactive strategy to redistribute savings made from areas such as IT to other community services, while reducing carbon emissions in line with its environmental strategy.
The new IP-based network is a more reliable and resilient system and provides an energy-efficient, scalable solution for the council. To ensure the new infrastructure remains effective, Imerja will provide full maintenance and support under its m|four services suite, delivered from its ISO27001 certified operations centres.
Ian Jackson, managing director at Imerja, said: “Local authorities are under increasing pressure to make substantial savings across all areas of public spending, while at the same time maintaining excellent levels of service to residents.
“It is not an easy task, but an improvement in IT is one measure that can help councils of all sizes meet the tough budgetary targets imposed by central government, without having to compromise on provision for the local community. More councils should follow Fareham’s lead and look towards their IT as a way of driving down costs and improving efficiencies.”
Fareham Borough Council’s Network Manager, Andrew Scribbans said: “The installation of the new network has helped us to dramatically improve services and reduce our operational costs, while the monitoring service means our in-house staff can focus on other areas of the organisation.
“Throughout the project, Imerja, Extreme Networks and Virgin Media Business demonstrated a clear understanding of our requirements, and provided us with the necessary expertise in implementing public sector infrastructures.”
Extreme Networks’ Regional Director for UK and Ireland, Gary Newbold said: “Many public sector organisations including schools, colleges and councils rely on Extreme Networks’ technology. Working with Imerja and Fareham Borough Council, we have once again demonstrated how it is possible to make dramatic improvements in service, whilst responding to the needs to reduce spending.”