cloud IT management platform, CentraStage, reveals how a large percentage of schools in the UK have limited visibility and control of their IT network and are failing to carry out the most basic of IT support and maintenance tasks.
Anonymous hardware and software data, from the thousands of PCs and servers in the 6,000 schools currently running the CentraStage solution, shows that 40 per cent of servers and workstations are missing security patches, whilst 26 per cent of devices in schools are left on overnight.
Outlining the IT infrastructure challenges that lie ahead for the education sector in a time of ongoing public sector budget cuts, with data from CentraStage showing that 50 per cent of PCs and laptops are still running Windows XP, and 32 per cent of devices are over four years old, almost half of devices in schools will either need migrating to an operating system within the next 15 months, or replacing entirely.
Whilst the statistics highlight the scale of poor IT management in schools, more importantly they call into question whether IT in many schools is currently in a fit state to support and empower pupil attainment.
CentraStage CEO, Christian Nagele, says, “With the size of school IT estates, the ongoing pressure on public sector budgets and yet the relentless forward march of IT adoption into schools, it is no surprise that IT service providers in the education sector are faced with something of a perfect storm.
“However, what is surprising is just how few IT service providers in this sector seem to have proactive, real-time visibility of the networks they are responsible for supporting. This in turn can be a real detriment to the attainment of students.
“Complete visibility and control can be gained by leveraging the efficiencies and scalability of cloud computing – which I firmly believe is the most affordable and viable option for IT management in schools. Regardless of where the device is, what network it is on, what OS it is running, the service provider can ensure the device is secure, available and optimised. This will ultimately mean teachers can get on with teaching whilst utilising the IT investment safe in the knowledge the devices are secure and in good working order.”