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Birmingham Grid for Learning (BGfL) Thread, Dear Link2ICT, we need to talk........(NM meeting) in Regional Broadband Consortiums (RBC); Originally Posted by CHR1S We have just had to upgrade ours.... 10mb to 100mb and in-betweener would have been great. ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    We have just had to upgrade ours.... 10mb to 100mb and in-betweener would have been great.
    This might sound daft but BT changed the pricing of their Ethernet Access Direct point to point fibre circuits and 100mbit circuits are now cheaper than 10mbit circuits.

    Sooner or later the 10mbit product will get pulled.

    Having said that though I think bgfl use virgin media anyway and their pricing is much more ad hoc

    We are starting to see more secondary schools take 100mbit on 1gbit bearers. One school has just taken a 300mbit on 1gbit bearer and get close to maxing it out, although they have rolled out 1:1 iPads which eat bandwidth in certain circumstances.

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trapper View Post
    Has any maintained school actually left the Birmingham Grid for their primary internet connection?
    Colmers have just moved to RM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by machin05 View Post
    Colmers have just moved to RM.
    *Sniggers*

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    Yes we have, we still use Link2ICT for MIS support

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    Quote Originally Posted by foofighterjim View Post
    Is it our responsibility to get the data to Birmingham or their responsibility to get the data from us. I did say that my understanding was that it was our responsibility to make the data available but theirs to actually retrieve it. This was centred around leaving them for internet but possibly retaining for MIS support. I did say a couple of times that this basically leaves me the option of staying put or cutting everything, from their perspective that isn't necessarily a good position and will cost them customers.
    I posed the same questions on this thread. Looking for Birmingham schools who have left BGFL.

    I wanted to know how FCS and data submissions would work. It seems like its shrouded in mystery with BCC and link keeping quiet about the solution. Just bloody tell us link!

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    FYI: You should've received a summary of the "Think Tank" feedback just now.
    Last edited by Little-Miss; 16th May 2014 at 12:25 PM.

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    It's quite interesting really -

    In the past week schools received an e-mail encouraging them to take the connectivity upgrade from 10Mbps to 100Mbps, yet according to the feedback, it's pretty low on the agenda, with Office 365 high on the agenda. Link2ICT still aren't pushing Office 365, only evaluating/trialling and aren't offering it as an option (yet). This is one prime example of unnecessary delays when it could be put in place today. It's there, it works - I've been using it for 5 years...

    I think the document's a fair representation, but there's still a lot of work to do. They haven't performed 'excellent' overall in any of the categories, with 'good' topping all of them.

    Also (personally) I find it worrying that if we're still talking about transparent proxies and some of the other topics come October...

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    It's an interesting read, my major concerns are the fact that no clear timescales are in place and the internet is still causing issues...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DocHouse View Post
    It's an interesting read, my major concerns are the fact that no clear timescales are in place and the internet is still causing issues...
    I agree, no set timescales are an issue but unfortunately (depending how you look at it), Link2ICT are very much relying on Checkpoint to advise and support accordingly when problems occur. To review the logs it generates could take days or weeks depending on the nature of the problem.

    The only problem I have with this, is the firewall went in December 2013. If there are still stability problems come December 2014, I seriously think Link2ICT need to re-evaluate. New tools/features are coming in June, so it'll be interesting to see just how smoothly it goes when virtual controls will be offered to schools.

    Virtual controls are good and cheap, but they'll never replace a dedicated hardware appliance in every school. I don't think anyone can disagree with this statement, but if the virtual controls prove unreliable or limiting, what then?

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    Does anyone have a copy of the feedback document they can send me please as I'd really like to read it and I wasn't able to attend the session in the end.

    Thanks.

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    I would apart from the attach function is broken on Edugeek using IE10 or Chrome 34. PM you e-mail address and I'll sent it over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    I would apart from the attach function is broken on Edugeek using IE10 or Chrome 34. PM you e-mail address and I'll sent it over.
    PM Sent

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    SNMT Feedback .pdf

    Feedback summary

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    This just came through on ebriefing, lot's of "we will look at" and "pilot schemes" not much actual action ?

    http://ebriefing.bgfl.org/bcc_ebrief...083307599&zs=n

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trojan View Post
    This just came through on ebriefing, lot's of "we will look at" and "pilot schemes" not much actual action ?

    http://ebriefing.bgfl.org/bcc_ebrief...083307599&zs=n
    So very very underwhelmed!

    I wont go further into the continuing issue we are experiencing with L2ICT and now with other aspects of service Birmingham but my overall opinion is that one hand does not know what the other is doing!

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