seanlaz (7th June 2011)
As there have been a lot of of questions and enquiries, both on EduGeek and directly, Smoothwall and are looking to run a mini-conference/s for the network managers from schools in Cumbria to discuss implementing localised web filtering and security. We will also be bringing our local partner who specialise in connectivity in the Cumbria region.
Where and when really depends on the levels of interest. Is this something the schools in the region would find beneficial?
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seanlaz (7th June 2011)
I have been having email conversations with a number of Cumbrian schools about this issue. CLEO pricing seems to have alarmed many schools and rightly so.
I understand all the arguments around having collective RBC etc. but the fact remains we would be faced with a bill of approx. £23k here (£2k of that just for being an academy). To us that is simply not affordable and is a many fold jump on what we paid in the past. I know it was topsliced and we never saw the full cost etc but in reality that just doesn't matter - if I want CLEO I have to pay £23k
The issue of staying with them or jumping ship is a complex one and depends on lots of factors such as location, technical skills in a school and which services you actually use from CLEO.
As a school who have just moved from CLEO to LUNS and are using Smoothwall as our firewall/filtering solution I feel that it would be hugely beneficial to have a meeting where LUNS/Smoothwall presented. I must stress this shouldn't be a sales pitch but simply a chance for schools to meet, discuss alternative offerings and see what is going on across the county.
We meet very infrequently so a meeting in the area sounds like an excellent plan. I am based in Kendal and would be more than happy to co-ordinate and host such an event although a more central venue may be preferred.
Can we get some posts on here to see if this is of interest please?
Last edited by jcollings; 7th June 2011 at 04:13 PM.
Hope folk are interested.. Cumbria in June/July? Yes please
It would be good if there is maybe a more generic one for none cumbria people
We have a smoothwall Solution in place and as we're a small school the CLEO increase isn't so much for us, but is still a noticeable one.
As we've smoothwall in place already would this be of benefit to us (not meaning to be funny, I'm just curious! )? If it is then it's certainly something I'd be interested in attending!
Last edited by Cache; 7th June 2011 at 08:37 PM.
If you can backdate the Smoothwall referal 6 months or so your welcome to it
@John... you know what Im gonna say dont you :-p
Im looking forward to maybe getting a smoothie box down here too - and you arent pinching my referal hehehe!
We'd be interested too; we've got LUNS coming to do a site survey on Friday to see if they offer anything cheaper than CLEO
Rob_Wilkinson (8th June 2011)
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