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Case Study: Walford & North Shropshire College

Zoostorm bespoke desktop PC’s  stand up to the rigour of the classroom

Walford & North Shropshire College (WNSC) is a further education college in Shropshire, England. It was created in January 2001 following the merger of North Shropshire College in Oswestry and Whitchurch, and Walford College in Baschurch.

The College is currently spread across 4 main sites at Oswestry, Baschurch, Shipley (Nr Wolverhampton) and Tenbury Wells. The College supports over 3000 full and part-time students, and has approximately 1000 PCs across all sites. The existing PC stock was mainly from one of the “Big Name” manufacturers. When ICT Systems Controller Henry Nurdin took the decision to upgrade to Windows© 7 from XP, it became apparent that a large number of the College’s desktop PCs were struggling to keep up with the demands that the new OS placed on them.

Prior to the annual Summer refresh works, Henry drew up a short-list of potentially suitable PCs, and ordered a sample of each of the likely candidates. Each of the machines were dismantled and inspected for quality. These were then tested in a classroom environment, so that its performance and reliability could be assessed in a real-world situation.

The College ICT team were pleased with the neat build quality of the Zoostorm bespoke PC, and by the fact that all components were standard ones, so that “off the shelf” spares would be readily available. This was in contrast to some of the College’s existing stock, where replacements were only obtainable from the manufacturer (if at all for older PC machines!). The sample machine also did a sterling job of standing up to the rigours of the classroom!

As a result of this, the College has purchased approximately 400 Zoostorm bespoke PCs over the last two years, and will be purchasing a further batch this summer.

“Zoostorm PCs have proven themselves to be highly reliable, and easily field-serviceable in the event of any problem. We like dealing with a UK based manufacturer who is able to offer us specific builds to our own requirements, yet keep the price to an affordable level”.

Zoostorm is the fastest growing desktop PC manufacturer in the UK and ranked within the top 4 PC brands.* Zoostorm Bespoke Built Service covers all form factor, processor, hard drive and memory options, across a suite of operating systems with the added benefit of tailored warranty choices that are designed with education in mind.

All Zoostorm PCs are manufactured in our 100,000 Sq. ft. state of the art UK production facility with the added benefit of UK based Technical Support and Customer Service. Zoostorm understands the needs of Schools and Colleges. The Zoostorm range of education computers are designed for the classroom. These aren’t computers born in a lab, but rather machines designed and built in conjunction with teachers and rigorously tested by students. That’s why you can be sure buying a Zoostorm PC will help advance the IT skills of students .

* Context data Q1 2014

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