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Cabarrus County Schools

“Fortinet has really stepped up in helping provide a scalable, easy-to-use solution when other vendors were unable to—at a price we can justify.”

Adam Harkey, Systems Engineer, Cabarrus County Schools


The telephony system at Cabarrus County Schools were outdated and could not scale to the district’s rapid growth. Entire schools were left without phone service for days at a time, impacting school safety. Fortinet was working on a proposal for next-generation firewalls for the district’s network at the time, and added a FortiVoice and FortiFone solution to the bid. Fortinet was awarded the contract, and the district deployed a secure voice communications system for employees and board members.

After six months, employees love the new system because of new features such as email notification of voicemails, eFax, and caller ID—all of which add to employee efficiency. Safety is enhanced through a survivable gateway that provides failover for each campus. And the district is realizing cost savings by reducing the number of phone lines and avoiding add-on licensing costs.

Learn more about Cabarrus County Schools’ journey by reading the case study, which details the company’s deployment of a secure voice solution.    

Business Impact


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Reduced licensing costs with integrated solution and avoidance of add-ons

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Significant cost savings from reduction in the number of phone lines needed for each school

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Improved staff efficiency with central user interface, email notification of voicemails, eFax, and caller ID

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IT staff efficiencies through managing internal tickets more

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