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First Technology and Curro on virtualised datacentres

Future educators are today grappling with how to deliver education solutions that support the changing demands of learners. Leveraging the power of technology, the independent school group, Curro Holdings, partnered with First Technology Western Cape and VMware to transform its technology infrastructure, enabling it to deliver a truly digital education experience across geographies, endpoints, learners, parents and educators.

Established in 1998, Curro is South Africa’s largest independent education provider, with over 178 schools across 70 sites. It develops, acquires and manages independent schools for learners from three months to Grade 12 and seeks to empower every person with the opportunity to achieve their potential as individuals and members of society. Creating future-based education solutions According to Riaan Vlok, Head of IT at Curro Holdings, the real test on educators is using technology to bring the curriculum to life in a digitally-centred world. Curro pioneered the use of digital textbooks or “ink behind glass” in South Africa early on.

The digital transformation journey that Curro embraced now requires a media and content-rich educational experience that teachers, learners and parents are now used to in other areas of digital life. The Curro infrastructure had to adapt to this requirement where augmented reality, asynchronous and synchronous learning blend seamlessly with the physical classrooms.

Education that is always-on

After extensive investigations, Curro partnered with First Technology Western Cape, a VMware reseller and systems integrator, to help the company deploy a virtual data centre. The solution included VMware vSAN, VMware vSphere, and all the sub-services within vSAN.

“Investment into digital transformation gets stuck at the point of technology execution because of infrastructure costs. Our virtualised VMware datacentre lets us marry our physical assets to the physical application and centrally manage them while adding a cloud fabric where it makes sense. In short, we can digitally transform and leverage the benefits of the cloud without expecting users to change the way they work,” says Vlok.

To read more about this project you can read the full case study here:

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