Fairfield University: Customer Success Story

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The Business Behind Your Business

When Scott Brenner was exploring his options when searching for a cloud provider, Scott realized his options were limited. Other cloud providers chose to disregard his needs for a cloud solution while Summit Hosting’s customized cloud solution was just what he needed. Scott Brenner is an instructor at Fairfield University in Fairfield Connecticut teaching a Sage 50 course. Scott’s cloud needed multiple desktop users accounts all setup on Sage 50, all while being scalable because of a varying size of user accounts (depending on the total number of students enrolled in his course every quarter). Scott realized his full potential of instructing his Sage 50 course with Summit Hosting’s customized cloud. 

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How Fairfield University Uses Summit Hosting

Scott uses Summit Hosting in his lab environment to have all of his students use Sage at the same time and follow along with the lecture. The students can also log into their Summit Hosting account at home to complete their homework assignments while using Sage 50. “The idea behind using Summit Hosting is that I teach an accounting system, Sage 50, to teach accounting students how accounting is done in the real world. Summit Hosting works because we’re neutralizing students with different computer software, some students have mac and some have PC. They get the virtual desktop and get on it and do their thing.” Scott said. 

Summit Hosting’s team of engineers designed a special file structure to keep all the student’s work separately while giving Scott the ability to login from home and grade their work. “When they do their homework I can just get on their accounts and access their data from my login and grade their homework on Summit Hosting. I no longer have an inbox full of emailed assignments.” Scott currently has 17 student accounts with Summit Hosting and plans to scale to 40 accounts in the fall. “It’s allowing the student to do their homework whenever and wherever, when before they had to go to a computer lab on campus.” 

Summit Hosting’s teams listened to what Scott needed and together created a perfect solution.

“When I called Summit Hosting, I got Jacob and he was the bomb and just amazing. Jacob listened and understood and was intrigued. When I spoke to other places the prices weren’t even close and they couldn’t work with me. Jacob and Sean have both helped me so much and have been amazing, I feel like I’ve known them a while now.” Scott said. With Summit Hosting’s team of engineers, a solution was made to help Scott and his students be efficient. “I always thought there was something out there to work with me, and it was Summit Hosting. The other providers gave me a quote with a fee for everything just to get setup. But every step of the way Summit Hosting knew my price point and said ‘we’re keeping it there, we’re keeping it there’. They worked with me.”