DfE School Guidance – Meeting Server and Storage Standards
Is your school meeting the DfE’s Server and Storage Standards?
In January 2024, the Department for Education updated their guidance to schools regarding how to meet digital and technology standards. This standard specifies the minimum requirements for servers and storage, including security, energy efficiency and suitable environments.
The DfE’s Server and Storage standards specify four categories that the DfE advises your school to meet:
- All servers and related storage platforms should continue to work if any single component or service fails.
- Servers and related storage platforms must be secure and follow data protection legislation.
- All servers and related storage platforms should be energy-efficient and set up to reduce power consumption, while still meeting user needs.
- All server and related storage platforms should be kept and used in an appropriate physical environment.
The DfE set out four requirements your school needs to meet:
1. Secure and Resilient
Servers and related storage platforms that are designed to be secure and resilient will alert you if a service fails and minimise the risk of systems and data being unavailable. Using cloud solutions reduces the need for local servers.
2. Data Protection
All IT systems and services must be ‘secure by design’ in order to comply with data protection legislation. You need to make sure your servers and related storage platforms are secure and risks are minimised when you buy, install and use them.
Local servers and their storage platforms run continuously and expend a lot of energy. An energy efficient approach to buying, setting up and using servers and related storage platforms will save energy and money.
4. Appropriate Physical Environment
Meeting this standard means servers and related storage platforms should be more secure, have a longer lifespan and be less vulnerable to service failure. Not meeting this standard increases the risk of losing access to critical data and failing to meet data protection legislation.
When should you meet the standards?
You should already be ensuring that all servers and related storage platforms continue to work if any single component or service fails and should be kept and used in an appropriate physical environment. In addition, you should already be following data protection legislation.
In terms of energy efficiency, you should review your existing servers and related storage platforms now to make sure they meet the standards.
How can we help?
At Tel Group, we can offer a range of powerful server and storage solutions for your school or trust to ensure continued and uninterrupted operations. We’ll discuss your school IT usage and establish from there what power and capacity server you need to meet the DfE requirements.