Central Falls School District Case Study
Pioneering school district chooses Lenovo ThinkServers for: • Significantly lower maintenance and electrical costs • Better responsiveness and efficiency of IT department • Surprising affordability
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High Performer: Central Falls School District is on the Fast Track Thanks to Lenovo School district deploys new hardware with the Lenovo ThinkServer TS130, ThinkPad X131e and ThinkPad Edge 430e for affordable, powerful computing.
Customer Profile Central Falls School District is an urban school district serving the community of Central Falls, Rhode Island. The district is comprised ofone high school, one middle school and four elementary schools, which totals approximately 2,700 students.
Introduction Central Falls School District is recognized and respected by other communities as a national blueprint for many of its urban education programs. The case study will focus on how the Lenovo ThinkServer TS130 is a powerful and highly affordable server solution that enables Central Falls School District to easily manage and maintain student virtual desktops across one middle school and four elementary schools. The case study will also briefly highlight the district’s positive experience with the ThinkServer RD430, ThinkPad X131e and ThinkPad Edge 430e and its pilot program for the ThinkCentre M72e “Tiny,” ThinkPad Tablet 2 and ThinkPad Twist.
With the Lenovo ThinkServers, space requirements, electrical costs, and maintenance hours drop significantly, and responsiveness and efficiency increase dramatically
Challenges Equipped with outdated technology, Central Falls School District sought to update the obsolete hardware systems in its schools to help students build their technological skills. As part of its technology transformation, Central Falls School District needed powerful tower servers to host 25-30 virtual desktop devices in its middle school and four elementary schools. Without room for another rack server and little space left in each school’s server closet, Central Falls School District requires compact, quiet tower servers that have the flexibility of being housed in an office or class rooms the district does not have a dedicated systems engineer or the budget to hire one, they require a solution that can be easily maintained by someone who is not a systems engineer, eliminating the need to outsource this work. Finally, as an urban school district, Central Falls has to remain very price conscious as budgets are extremely tight. They need a very affordable server that still meets all of these requirements.
Situation Hired at the start of the 2012-2013 school year as Assistant Superintendent of Academic Data and Technology, Michael St. Jean began an aggressive plan to rapidly and affordable transform the district’s outdated hardware, streamline systems management and consolidate its servers, systems and software.
Michael St. Jean Assistant Superintendent of Academic Data and Technology Central Falls School District
Concurrently, the Rhode Island Department of Education selected Lenovo’s ThinkPad X131e as its preferred wireless enabled device for K-12 in the state, prompting St. Jean to test the device. He was very impressed with the build and quality and began looking at the rest of the Lenovo product line to fulfill the district’s technology needs. St. Jean began searching fora potential host server to support the schools’ virtual desktops and the LenovoThinkServer TS130 sati