Life after BSF...... what would you do about hardware replacement?
If possible I would like to keep this thread focussed on the technology behind BSF, not the politics or rights & wrongs of TUPE, Managed Services, contracts, or money wasted........which has been done to death elsewhere.
Let's suppose you work in a BSF school; a year or two ago you had all new equipment & infrastructure installed & everything is running sweetly, life is good..... (remember this is blue sky territory here)..... your environment is traditional fat client/Server, Windows 7 & Server 2008. You have around 600-800 clients (2:1 ratio laptops to desktops), your servers are all virtualised with top quality hardware including state of the art managed wireless network & switches & CAT6 cabling.....
But, there's this little nagging voice in the back of your head that keeps on interrupting.... saying "what happens when the 5 years is up....."
After 5 years, all your kit is out of warranty & you have little or no prospect of significant capital funding. What do you do? In the past, you got capital funding in dribs & drabs & this allowed you to implement a rolling program of equipment replacement. Since BSF you have been unable to follow this strategy.
What technology changes might you envisage that could make a difference in the next few years? For example, might we see iPad levels of technology available at Kindle prices that would allow you to divert spending on textbooks into ebooks & tablet devices with a bit of virtualisation & remote desktop access for the applications that tablets don't handle?
Would you consider investing what limited funds you might see into beefing up the server environment to allow the use of VDI across the site to extend the life of the existing clients?
Move to the Cloud?
Or do you retire or change jobs before the 5 years is up & leave it to someone else to worry about? ;)
Any other ideas or suggestions?