As a BPOS and 365 reseller and user myself I not only get the benefits but do so for free so I cant be too critical of it, for SME's and startups the zero capital outlay is what always eventually gets them onboard and austerity measures are sure to get more people looking towards cloud based services.
Sage Accounts is now available in the cloud and I expect to see more and more.
It seems to me that the OP and others in the same boat will eventually be faced with no other option other than to join the cloud set or be banished to the wilderness of core2duo forever :(
Of the three options given I would probably go for #3 as thats what the men in shiny suits that kicked it all off in the first place will all be doing.
Originally Posted by m25man
From a perspective of... how things run in a school, I guess the benefit could be that no capital purchasing means no outlay every 5 years (whatever the policy is) - overall I could see it saving £££. You could run these C2D/i3 machines forever if they connect up for central processing.
Could be the long bye bye for the network manager and hello 1 technician/coordinator :(
Considering the otherside of an inhouse tech, yes you may get something fixed quickly... the otherside of it is you may not! It's hard for a school to assess capability and until a disaster they won't truly know. :)
Glad I escaped education, can't see much good coming of the current BSF molestation and post-BSF doesn't look to promising for staffing - either they support ancient kit for a long time or they move towards outsourced IT services, it may well be a good thing for the teaching and learning though based on the skillset of some of the IT tech/network managers I've come across.
I'm in a similar situaton and my kit hits the 5 year mark in July when all warranties expire. Currently planning our future for the next 5 years but until 2013 I think we will keep everything going as it is and by then we will know what monies are available and be able to start enacting our development plan.
Originally Posted by localzuk