Datapac transforms technology services for Barretstown
Dublin, 29th June 2015 – Datapac, Ireland’s leading ICT solutions provider, today announced that it has worked with Barretstown, the charity for children suffering from serious illness, to upgrade its ICT infrastructure on its 500 acre facility in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare.
Barretstown was set up in 1994 and has welcomed more than 30,000 campers from across Ireland and Europe since opening. It runs residential camps throughout the year for children and families living with serious illness, an expanding hospital outreach programme and a bereavement programme for families dealing with the loss of a child.
Datapac was chosen as the technology advisor and partner for Barretstown, with responsibility for the upgrading of its ICT infrastructure which included, existing networks, servers, business continuity systems, PCs, laptops and the introduction of a high-speed broadband service for the first time.
Barretstown’s rural setting in the foothills of the mountains in East Kildare meant that broadband speeds had only ever achieved maximum speeds of less than 5 Mbps. The solutions provided will now see the charity benefit from dedicated speeds in excess of 50 Mbps.
Datapac redesigned the network across the campus, including the onsite medical facility, activity rooms, accommodation units and the administration centre. With upgraded hardware, each staff member can now get instant access to their applications and data from any location across the campus, resulting in improved productivity and better ways of working.
New virtual servers were also installed with a view to improving data speeds, increasing uptime and allowing data to be moved easily and securely into the cloud.
The complete programme was implemented in a very cost effective manner, ensuring that Barretstown achieved a much greater return without increasing in its overall ICT costs.
Commenting on the project Dee Ahearn, CEO, Barretstown, said, “At Barretstown, we rebuild the lives of children, and their families, affected by childhood cancer and other serious illnesses. We serve 5,000 campers a year and have 1200 volunteers each year. Communication is crucially important and Datapac has helped us to streamline, improve and ensure efficiency. I’d like to thank the team for providing us with the highest levels of advice and support at every step of the way.”
Karen O’Connor, general manager service delivery at Datapac, said, “Barretstown is a truly wonderful and inspirational organisation. The fun, friendships, confidence and self-esteem that they bring into the lives of so many children suffering from serious illness and their families is incredible to experience. It really does make such a crucial improvement in their lives. We’re delighted that our advice, solution and services are helping to make a positive impact too.”
"With Datapac’s managed services we have an IT team that has expertise across a very wide range of technologies. Smartsourcing IT resources makes sense for an organisation such as ours, which relies heavily on cutting edge IT to protect and streamline our operations, without the need for a huge cost outlay".
"At Barretstown, we rebuild the lives of children, and their families, affected by childhood cancer and other serious illnesses. We serve 5,000 campers a year and have 1200 volunteers each year. Communication is crucially important and Datapac has helped us to streamline, improve and ensure efficiency."
"For many years Datapac has been our sole supplier for the maintenance of Personal Computers and Peripherals in Ireland. Through their Service Centres in Wexford and Dublin, Datapac provides excellent support to our businesses throughout the country and consistently meets the SLA targets which we have set. The skill, expertise and experience of their engineers and other technical support personnel are of the highest standard."
“The value of dealing with an HP Gold partner in this process can’t be underestimated. Datapac provide us with a local touch and can cover the full range of our IT requirements, but when there is a specific technical requirement like this, they can bring the specialist technical resources of HP to the table. HP and Datapac had a thorough discussion with us around our requirement - and had really done their homework - and then were able to provide us with a very highly specified test platform for us to prove the application on before we committed to purchase.”
Datapac understands our needs and requirements and has the expertise and experience to follow through on all our requests. Our constant need to reduce costs has been assisted by Datapac's ability to suggest alternative solutions and methods whilst improving both efficiency and productivity. Our partnership with Datapac is akin to having an IT department on site that we simply could not provide ourselves.