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CentraStage Hits Milestone Managing London Schools' ICT
CentraStage Hits Milestone Managing London Schools' ICT
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CentraStage signs up its 100,000th device as part of its long term support of school ICT across London -- CentraStage’s low cost cloud-based remote monitoring and management (RMM) service now manages ICT for over 1700 schools in London -- Widespread adoption showcases how cloud technology can transform frontline services whilst reducing cost in the Public and Private Sectors

London (19 November, 2013) - CentraStage, the cloud-based Relevant Products/Services management technology, today announced that the London Grid for Learning has connected over 100,000 devices to its remote Relevant Products/Services and management service as part of the ongoing IT support for London schools.

CentraStage is the chosen IT device management technology on the London Grid for Learning Trust’s (LGfL) 2.0 service portfolio and offers a market-leading IT management solution to LGfL’s 2500 customers across Greater London. CentraStage were awarded the LGfL contract last year after facing competition from Kaseya and Microsoft System Centre.

Amongst the school IT service providers taking advantage of CentraStage are 14 London Local Authorities, including: the ‘Tri-borough’ partnership (Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham), Islington, Hackney, Sutton, Hillingdon, Merton, Camden, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Croydon, Greenwich and Newham.

CentraStage also works with all of the major managed service providers who service schools in Greater London, including Joskos, Structured Network Services, Click on it London, Strictly Education, SBS (School Business Services), Trusol and TurnITOn.

Stage is designed to run on any device including servers, PCs, laptops, tablets, electronic whiteboards and smartphones, meaning IT service providers have centralised visibility and control of all devices in the schools that they support. CentraStage also enables LGfL’s customers to manage mixed fleets of Android, Windows, Apple iOS and Apple OSX devices, with IT managers able to quickly and easily enroll and secure devices, and then manage them on an ongoing basis.

The CentraStage technology enables IT service providers to ensure devices in schools are secure, patched, stable and fit for purpose, ultimately reducing downtime and cost, and helping boost pupil attainment through the effective provision of ICT [information and communications technology].

Client Testimonials

Darren King, Network Manager, London Borough of Sutton: “Our organisation supports over 3500 devices that are operating on multiple platforms and across a number of Relevant Products/Services sites, so having a device management solution that can be independent of our existing network structures is vital to us. We have been using Centrastage for over 4 years and we can’t get over its simplicity and flexibility.

“The simple user interface provides my team with an easy to use tool for providing remote support to customers quickly and efficiently. The platform’s range of features also helps us to fix a range of more demanding issues. We tried multiple systems, but CentraStage was the only tool we trialled that met our requirements for device management, monitoring and immediate user support at no extra cost and requiring little more than a day to roll out.”

Damon Hatcher, SIMS & Technical Consultant from 3BM Education Partners who operate as part of LGfL, says: “We manage a complex estate of over 200 sites and several thousand devices. Centrastage gives our team the flexibility to work anywhere and effectively support any device via the integrated platform. Mammoth tasks are reduced to a few mouse clicks thanks to the Centrastage components and job scheduling.

“The time and resource savings from automation alone have been superb, helping us deliver an excellent service at even the busiest periods in the year. The comprehensive Centrastage inventory opens up new avenues for tackling major projects and makes gap analysis a breeze. The support tools offer several approaches to tackling and preventing issues which enhances our effectiveness on a daily basis.”

Brian Durrant, CEO London Grid for Learning, says: “Our partnership with CentraStage highlights our commitment to deliver market-leading technology solutions to our customers at a competitive price, underpinned by an unswerving commitment to data and network security. By ensuring that all remote access into schools is secure and authenticated, we can address what has in the past been a big security hole in the education sector.”

“The technology needed to be simple to use and suited to the needs of IT support in schools and any solution would have to integrate with the LGfL’s single sign-on/2 factor authentication solution, thus enabling LGfL to make the network highly secure for schools and children. The sheer scale of the IT estate and lack of capital funding presented a significant challenge to IT management suppliers, and made it a hugely ambitious project.”

“CentraStage were able to offer a licencing model that would see its technology provided to all schools in London via LGfL at an affordable price by leveraging the scalability, cost-effectiveness and “pay-as-you-go” nature of its cloud solution. Its innovative ‘freemium’ model offered elements of the CentraStage product including asset management and remote support to LGfL schools for free, with an easy upgrade path to the full IT management product suite for those that needed it.

“The CentraStage team were also able to work with other LGfL technology partners to integrate with the LGfL’s single-sign-on 2-factor authentication solution. In doing so, CentraStage was able to provide rapid integration with the London-wide 2-factor authentication solution, vastly increasing security across school networks and helping reduce the risks of identity theft, security breaches and hacking.”

Christian Nagele, CEO and co-founder of CentraStage, says: “IT service organisations -- whether public or private sector -- supporting IT in schools face an ongoing challenge of not only managing increasing numbers of devices, but also an increasing range of operating systems and models. This is driving an increase in the cost of device management. CentraStage offers IT administrators an award-winning device management solution. Our simple, scalable and flexible, system gives IT administrators across the UK education sector complete visibility and control over their entire IT estate from a single integrated platform.”

Ian van Reenen, CTO and co-founder of CentraStage, adds: “This is a very exciting partnership with LGfL, which will see CentraStage running hundreds of thousands of devices across London schools. It is just the environment we have designed, built and scaled our technology for, to help improve the provision and management of IT in education environments and they don’t come much larger than London and the LGfL.”

About The London Grid for Learning (LGfL)

The LGfL Trust is a consortium owned by London’s local authorities and schools which provides extensive mission critical ICT services and support. LGfL is a member of the National Education Network (NEN) that has been set up to ensure that all schools, colleges and universities are able to take advantage of IT technology and high quality e-learning experiences in a safe and secure networked environment.

About CentraStage

Simple scalable and flexible, CentraStage is the award-winning, cloud-based device management solution. Combining the flexibility and cost-effectiveness required by small businesses with the scale and sophistication demanded by the Enterprise, CentraStage’s global infrastructure empowers IT managers across the world with complete visibility and control over their entire IT estate from a single integrated cloud platform. Our affordable, scalable, reliable, advanced remote monitoring and management service utilises the latest cloud technology to help to improve the management of servers, PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. CentraStage enables its customers to:

• Gain complete visibility and control of their IT environment
• Manage all of their devices from a single, easy to use platform
• Audit their entire IT environment, letting them know what they have and what state it is in
• Monitor performance and be alerted to potential problems, before they cause any issues
• Keep their devices, patched, secure and compliant
• Report on IT assets, health and reliability
• Provide remote support from anywhere to anywhere, regardless of location
• Connect to devices regardless of network
• Automate repetitive IT jobs
• Audit, manage, monitor, support and report across devices anywhere in the world

CentraStage can save IT support organisations both time and money. From individual users to sophisticated IT managed service providers; CentraStage is designed to run on any device. As a true cloud-based device management platform there are no barriers to using our technology; technical, commercial or geographical. Our customers range from Healthcare Service Providers, to Education Local Authorities, right up to large corporate businesses. Our clients can use what they need, and only pay only for what they use. No minimum commitments. No minimum contracts. CentraStage offers the flexibility of a true pay-as-you-go service in the cloud that is available from everywhere. http://www.CentraStage.com.

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