Morning guys & girlies,
I've not long started as the network boss man at my school and among the increasingly-long-list of thigns requiring my attention, our broadband is up for review. At the moment we are on 8MB bonded broadband from RM which is alright, apart from everything being pornographic, but far too slow for 400 computers. It also costs us a fair chunk of money a year.
I've heard some reasonably good things about EMBC but the problem is, I've heard & experienced some appallingly bad things from NetLinc (now LSN). We were a half&half school at my last job as a techie and NetLinc was like a secret word for sending our network manager into a rage. They had NetLinc at my current school at some point in the past, as well, but cut all ties with them due to not receiving the service they were paying for including very low speeds, and have gone through legal action against NetLinc in the past about charges made.
As you can see, then, LSN are not popular with either myself or the management team here. I don't have much confidence that they've changed at all simply because they've changed the name and none of the staff. Is it possible for me to connect to EMBC without going through LSN, or is this a necessary step as part of the way EMBC works?
If the answer to the above is yes, then can anyone give me some thoughts about their experiences with EMBC? Do you have much downtime for your internet? How are they at hosting VLE's (particularly Moodle, which I'm leaning towards)? Do you think they represent good value for money and are a relatively hassle-free experience, unlike NetLinc and its GPOs interfering with your own domain?
Anything you can tell me would be helpful, I'd just like to have some knowledge behind me when we meet with Jez again soon so I can hold my own in the meeting. Thanks!