Alternatives to emPSN... whats out their?
Just like most schools in embc region are I am currently scrambling around trying to find out as much information about what is available to us as far as network providers go after October as possible. Been to a few seminars and think the framework is a great idea and not having a one-size fits all approach with regards services should benefit us and our primaries hugely. My main question to those in the know is what alternatives their are outside of the framework.
- Am I right in thinking the suppliers on the emPSN framework offer hosted managed solutions regarding web and email filtering and if we went outside of the framework we would <strong>have</strong> to investigate alternatives to these hosted within school?
- Who are the other people who can provide the basic internet connection? I know BT and Virgin Media (along with others) offer edge connectivity into the emPSN network but I am guessing they can also supply a direct connection skipping emPSN all together. If we are not using any of the emPSN services what advantages/disadvantages would skipping the emPSN network provide? Just the added resilience and reliability of the embc network?
- Has anyone made the jump to leave embc in the past? If so what were your key deciding factors, how has it been since and are you comfortable your students are adequately safeguarded without the safety-net of being part of the embc network?
Realistically I think we will be staying as part of embc, just wanted as much information and first-hand experience as possible to ensure we make an informed choice.