Information Technology at Georgian College graduates to next level

    Technology facilitates growth objectives; streamlines operations

    TORONTO, March 27 /CNW/ - Dell today announced that Georgian College has
selected its enterprise hardware, computing technologies and Dell
Infrastructure Consulting Services, to upgrade IT infrastructure across all
seven of its Ontario campuses. Georgian College will streamline communications
and operations capabilities through state-of-the-art solutions from Dell. The
technology will also support enrollment growth objectives and activities
without increased budget.
    The purchase followed Georgian College's extensive competitive search for
a vendor of record that could provide technology products and support
including servers, storage, desktop and notebook computers as well as
implementation services and training. After reviewing bids from several
vendors, Georgian College chose Dell to provide approximately 2000 desktop
computers, 400 notebooks in addition to Dell servers and SAN storage
technology purchased during the last year and a half. Dell has also provided
Georgian College with the technical expertise through its Dell Infrastructure
Consulting Services, to help implement Altris and VMware into its computing
    Additionally, Dell Financial Services Canada, an independent entity, will
allow the college to make this and future technology purchases through leasing
arrangements that smooth out peaks and valleys in the purchasing cycle and
allows for planned equipment upgrades.
    Serving over 8,000 full-time students, 28,000 part-time students, and
1700 employees, Dell's solution set includes OPTIPLEX(TM) GX620 desktop
computers in the library, classrooms and individual study labs, as well as
LATITUDE(TM) D820 notebooks for Georgian College's full-time faculty members.
Supported by 14 Dell POWEREDGE(TM) 2850 servers and a Dell/EMC CX3-20 SAN
array, Georgian College's new technology will support all aspects of its
infrastructure, including its internal Student Information System (SIS),
networking between campuses, as well as its website and online enrollment
    "Dell's expertise in education, commitment to understanding its
customers' business requirements and close relationships with its technology
alliances like Microsoft enables us to have a direct vendor approach and a
single point of accountability," said David Johnson, Director of Information
Technology at Georgian College. "Dell's customer service is hands-on, and that
made the choice of selecting our technology provider easy."
    "In making the selection, only a small percentage of the decision was
based on price, the key decision drivers were vendor performance, support and
delivery. It was the first time we were able to allocate such a low value to
total cost in favour of addressing some of the key issues that drive up soft
costs after the sale," Johnson adds.
    "Universities and colleges in Canada value partners that make their
business processes easier, more cost-effective and enable better customer
service," said Greg Davis, president of Dell Canada. "Dell's ability to work
with other leading technology companies to provide educational institutions a
complete end-to-end technology solution enhances our excellent reputation in
the education sector. Our priority is to help Georgian College build and
maintain its IT infrastructure, enabling the college to maintain its focus on
education and growth objectives - not its technology."

    About Georgian College

    Georgian College is recognized throughout Ontario's college system as a
dynamic, innovative institution. Georgian serves 8,000 full-time and 28,000
part-time students through three main campuses in Barrie, Orillia and Owen
Sound and regional campuses in Bracebridge, Collingwood, Midland and
    Student opportunities include a full range of apprenticeship,
certificate, diploma, graduate certificate and degree programs. Georgian
operates the unique University Partnerships Centre, and offers two bachelor
degrees of its own. Through groundbreaking partnership agreements with
Laurentian University, York University, University of Windsor and Central
Michigan University, the College also provides full degree completion
    As the third largest co-op education college in the country, Georgian
places considerable importance in combining academic excellence with
work-related experiences.
    Information on Georgian College and its programs can be obtained on the
World Wide Web at

    About Dell Canada Inc.

    Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Dell Canada Inc. is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Dell Inc. Dell Canada is among the leaders in desktop products,
notebooks, servers and storage, and has offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal
and Edmonton. Information on Dell Canada and its products can be obtained on
the World Wide Web at

    About Dell Inc.

    Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:   DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative
technology and services they trust and value. Uniquely enabled by its direct
business model, Dell is a leading global systems and services company and No.
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