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    £145K Budget - What would you spend it on?

    My school could potentially be expecting £145,000 from BSF for IT and they asked me what gizmos could the school implement with that kind of money.

    I was thinking of doing something for our conference room and our ICT Suites, and then look at other measures.

    Does anyone have any suggestions other than to get new workstations?

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    You still have a job under BSF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckster View Post
    My school could potentially be expecting £145,000 from BSF for IT and they asked me what gizmos could the school implement with that kind of money.

    I was thinking of doing something for our conference room and our ICT Suites, and then look at other measures.

    Does anyone have any suggestions other than to get new workstations?
    I would personally take a look at [our] infrastructure with that kind of money. Once that is fully sorted I'd be looking at virtualising our servers, and then spend the remainder on workstations.

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    What is the state of your current infrastructure and devices?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckster View Post
    My school could potentially be expecting £145,000 from BSF for IT and they asked me what gizmos could the school implement with that kind of money.
    I would check what is supplied as part of the base BSF solution first before splashing the cash around.... they sometimes leave bits out of BSF schools.... things like access control, CCTV.... data migration....

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    redesign your infrastructure, consider getting fibre in to every building, then 4x gigabit ethernet ports in every classroom, a ruckus wireless system, high powered server so you can do a virtual server farm, and some lovely procurve switches with PoE and GBIC fibre panels.

    Anything left can go on buying PCs for the ICT suite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    You still have a job under BSF?

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    Not even sure. To be honest, I'm worried about it and it has since prompted me to join a union.


    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    I would personally take a look at [our] infrastructure with that kind of money. Once that is fully sorted I'd be looking at virtualising our servers, and then spend the remainder on workstations.
    I was told it has to be something that benefits everybody. In other words they have to 'see' it and 'use' it. Besides, our servers are under 2 years old apart from one that is almost a year old.

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    A resiliant well maintained and structured network infrastructure will benifit everyone and allow for future innovation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    A resiliant well maintained and structured network infrastructure will benifit everyone and allow for future innovation.

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    BSF should be delivering that anyway ..... the school should not have to spend 'extra' ......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckster View Post
    I was told it has to be something that benefits everybody. In other words they have to 'see' it and 'use' it. Besides, our servers are under 2 years old apart from one that is almost a year old.
    They will 'use it' and it will benefit everyone. Quicker, more reliable connections (even failsafe if you do the infrastructure properly). Then Virtualised servers with vMotion and the likes can mean your servers are never off, and you can actually guarantee uptime.

    Workstations are useless without the backbone to support them.

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    I think to start you should get a midget butler...

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    Is that your entire budget for the next year?

    Do you have to renovate existing with that cash too or is this in addition as a "show of technology" ?

    If that's your entire budget and you need new networking / servers / workstations you're screwed!

    I've been offered 50K again which has to cover:
    Renovation of 5 computer labs
    Reconstruction of a dying 7-year-old 1Gbps core network to latest gen
    Implementation of a wireless network
    Payment of all licensing
    Payment of county broadband (£15K alone!)
    Payment for replacing dead projectors around the school (5 at last count)
    All consumables (toner, cd's, usb sticks, cables etc.)

    Much laughing at them after they refused the notion of £250K required.. and yeah... the CV is with many agencies right now...

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    Normally under BSF passive networking and infrastructure is covered under the building elements. Your MSP will be putting the active equipment and servers. This takes up a large chunk of the £1450 per pupil provided to schools. Your MSP will then provide schools with a catalogue which you can choose equipment from. Personally if I was in your shoes I would be asking your heads of department what will make a impact on their departments teaching ie: green screen, visulisers, digital cameras, apple macs etc

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    Give me some.

    We have a budget of £10k! Out of that I need to buy approx 45 PC's, 10 sets of speakers, a new server, some sort of storage device, 4 printers....

    Gulp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    They will 'use it' and it will benefit everyone. Quicker, more reliable connections (even failsafe if you do the infrastructure properly). Then Virtualised servers with vMotion and the likes can mean your servers are never off, and you can actually guarantee uptime.

    Workstations are useless without the backbone to support them.
    As others have said, server or infrastructure related could already be taken care of by the MSP.

    So the OP's budget is for the type of stuff that Face-Man was highlighting, iMacs, green screen, visualisers etc.

    Could even cover stuff like handheld devices .....but the MSP would provide netbooks, PC's etc ?? Or does that come out of this 145k ?

    What about with software, do the MSP's provide the normal productivity apps but if you wanted something like Final cut express on a suite of Macs that would come out of the 145k 'stuff you can see and use' non standard kit ?

    However it works, interesting for the OP and the teaching staff to figure out how to spend it. I guess it's a case of being suitably informed to make such purchasing decisions. Not easy to not blow it on stuff that ends up gathering dust in the wrong hands..
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