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Birmingham Grid for Learning (BGfL) Thread, Link2ICT subscription charges in Regional Broadband Consortiums (RBC); Hi all, Have been told that the charges for Link2ICT should be available by the end of next week (w/e ...
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    Link2ICT subscription charges

    Hi all,
    Have been told that the charges for Link2ICT should be available by the end of next week (w/e 11/2/2011).
    Just thinking it might be worth having a good look at these because with the Harnessing Technology grant ending the price will probably increase quite dramatically.
    Let me know how bad it gets...
    Rich

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    I had a letter through eBriefing.

    Apparantly they are going to charge a small fee for their hosted webspace and.... Zimbra. Imagine having to pay for that! Seems like an better way to push through a migration to LiveEdu

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    Eugh, i havent read anything yet.....not looking forward to that!

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    Totally with you on Live@edu. I was thinking of waiting till office 365 arrived just because of the easier dir sync but will probably just move with it now.
    Will see how much Moodle is to see if we bring it in house and already talking to Virgin Media and Serco about going direct. Anyone fancy forming a soft partnership to improve prices?

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    wow, ok...that sucks...

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    Can't wait, I think schools may seriously start looking at going direct.
    I see there's a conference in March & they are trying to flog us the Open Hive Learning Platform, so Zimbra & Moodle might have been a waste of time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chippo View Post
    Can't wait, I think schools may seriously start looking at going direct.
    I see there's a conference in March & they are trying to flog us the Open Hive Learning Platform, so Zimbra & Moodle might have been a waste of time!
    Open hive is a different product all together. It is basically an online storage area to share resources around the school in a very basic file type structure. From what I recall the original intention was that schools would start sharing resources with each other but it is a pig to use and pretty pointless from what I can remember.

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    Yeah, there was that and bloody Single sign on or whatever its called....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    Yeah, there was that and bloody Single sign on or whatever its called....
    Is that the one provided through RM?
    I can't really see the point of 1 single massive single sign on solution when each part can be made to work together anyway if you have a decent AD setup. I have Moodle pointing to our LDAP happily and with the new Office 365 it is just a case of setting up dirSync and a couple of other things and that will work. SSO can be purchased directly from Serco for CMIS and after that I can't think of anything else you would need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tricky_Dicky View Post
    Open hive is a different product all together. It is basically an online storage area to share resources around the school in a very basic file type structure. From what I recall the original intention was that schools would start sharing resources with each other but it is a pig to use and pretty pointless from what I can remember.
    Open Hive is a sharepoint based platform with a heap more tools than just online storage. It is a bit like saying that Moodle allows you to runs quizzes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    Open Hive is a sharepoint based platform with a heap more tools than just online storage. It is a bit like saying that Moodle allows you to runs quizzes.
    The implementation that we were shown by Link2ICt purely showed a web based file storage system. I've no doubt it can do a lot more but that isn't how it's been setup here.

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    Link to Ebriefing

    One of the other headlines is that 10Mb lease cost is going up, but 100Mb is staying the same and they are investigating a 50Mb option for those that have outgrown 10Mb but cannot stretch to 100Mb.

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    I agree that we cant let Service Birmingham tell us what and how much we pay for services. I look after 4 Birmingham schools and will join a soft partnership. Five walsall schools are looking to break away and they have already looked at an alternative broadband supplier who can save them £1500 per year and still give them filtering etc..

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    Well i was taken aback by the 6k for the BGFL ISP? Would it be better to go direct with Virgin instead?
    It says it includes firewall, anti virus and spam filtering, URL Filtering, DNS Hosting
    & Local Cache (squid server???)

    Going to pay it this year but will investigate into alternatives for next year.

    One thing however is that im not paying £754 for remote backup of the admin server.
    Im sure I can get something similar for BOTH servers cheaper!

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    Looks like a few of us will be looking at some cost cutting, next weeks meeting with Link2ICT will be interesting noticed Virgin will be there I think they'll be asked about going direct by a few people!

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