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Upgrade in store for school system
The time has come for the Glynn County School System to make a few - and expensive - updates to its data center.

Bob Schwartz, the system's technology services director, told the school board during its meeting Tuesday that the current server hardware, in place since 2007, has reached its performance capacity. He said the equipment had served the system well but what was in store for it might be even better news.

Schwartz said the technology services staff has been negotiating with IBM for almost six months to replace all of the hardware and storage at the district's data center under a lease-purchase plan.

The district was able to get a package that retails for more than $1.5 million for the price of barely $535,000, which includes all services and maintenance for five years.

On top of the 65 percent discount, Schwartz said, the school system will save almost $1,300 per month on lease payments, compared to the current infrastructure. Payments will begin after March 31 and continue for five years, at the end of which the equipment will belong to the system.

"We're getting a significant technological upgrade," board member Millard Allen said, "and it's going to cost us less money than we're spending."

The board voted unanimously to approve the lease.

SBlt Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at slundgren@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.



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