Raleigh/durham/chapel Hill, NC (PressExposure) April 27, 2009 -- The Chambers County Board of Education prides itself on operating some of Alabamaâs most high-tech, state-of-the-art information technology systems. The Board oversees 11 schools in the Valley and LaFayette areas, including six elementary schools, two middle schools, two secondary schools, and a cutting-edge business/industry certified career technical center. Nine of the countyâs 10 schools are certified by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS), a body founded in 1895 to improve education throughout the American South through accreditation, and the 10th is close to completing the accreditation process.
William Groover, the districtâs technology director, leads the school systemâs efforts in providing a technology environment that will adequately prepare students for tomorrowâs job market. At the classroom level, this manifests itself as a better-than-average ratio of students to computers. In addition, Groover manages the 1,400 workstations and 68 servers that serve the districtâs 450 faculty and staff members and 4,200 students.
AVG: Still the Leader of the Pack
This past fall, the district was nearing the end of its license agreement for AVG Anti-Virus Network Edition. While Groover and his staff were satisfied with AVGâs protection and ease of use, they decided it would be prudent to re-test it against the latest iterations from the other major anti-virus suppliers.
âTo keep our network at the cutting edge, we needed to be sure AVG was keeping its edge as well,â said Groover. âSo, we put it through its paces alongside Computer Associates, McAfee, Trend Micro, and Symantec.â
Groover was delighted to learn after the tests were complete that AVG was still head-and-shoulders above the rest of the pack.
âAVG wasnât the cheapest solution, nor was it the most expensive, but the combination of the overall performance, strength, value for money, and ease of use proved that it was still the best anti-virus product for our school system,â he concluded.
One area in particular about the other products that concerned Groover about was the tendency towards incomprehensible and/or misplaced error messages.
âAVG software tells you when there is something wrong, and you can trust that when it raises a flag, there is something that needs to be looked at,â he noted. âAVG doesnât give you error messages that are unwarranted, unlike other anti-virus products.â
Groover is also sold on the simplicity of AVGâs network management capabilities.
âAVGâs ease of management is a huge plus for us. It is such a benefit to be able to selectively target which workstations AVG will be pushed out to and then do so from one centralized location,â he added.
Walling Data Leads the Pack, Too
After deciding to renew their subscription to AVG Anti-Virus Network Edition, Groover contacted the distributor from whom theyâd purchased their current licenses.
âLast time we renewed our subscription, we went with an overseas vendor,â said Groover. âBut this time I was less than impressed. I placed several calls to their offices and never got a response. There was clearly little point in continuing to work with them, so I decided to look for another experienced AVG distributor.â
After a quick swing around the AVG website, Groover learned that Walling Data was the leading distributor of AVG solutions to the Education marketplace, so he gave them a call.
âWe were delighted to find that Walling could not only give us a great discount on our educational license but would give us unlimited technical support at no extra cost,â recalled Groover. âA lot of companies offer free support for a certain time period, but with Walling there was no question about it â you call them anytime you need help and they are there for you.â Walling Data is the longest-standing and highest-volume distributor of AVG Technologies solutions in North America. The company is also the only distributor to offer all its customers â resellers and end-users - free, unlimited, U.S.-based pre- and post-sales support. Groover and his team is currently deploying the AVG upgrade across their networks âWe had some initial questions about setting up the software and rolling it out, but after talking to the Walling support team, everything is moving along just fine,â said Groover. âWe like the new version â and our new supplier â a whole lot better.â For more information on purchasing AVG Anti-Virus Network Edition products from Walling Data, or to learn more, visit http://www.avgantivirus.com