Brand new school, advice please!
I'm a headteacher, not a techie, so please bear with me.
I'm opening a brand new school in September. Two form entry primary with nursery. It's a new build so lots of the IT network infrastructure is in place:
- Wired CAT5e in every class
- IT suite sized room with enough sockets for 30 machines
- Smart boards in each class
- Wireless connectivity throughout
I now need to get sorted on purchasing hardware, software and services. We'll want a few office computers running Office 2010 and SIMS/FMS, plus a suite, a couple of machines in each class, a laptop for every teacher, and possibly some tablets/handheld devices for fun. We'll also need printing set up.
We'll also want someone to look after it all for us - some sort of service package with remote access fixing if possible.
A couple of questions. Would you recommend that we go for a traditional thick client approach, or take a look at VDI?
Does anyone have anyone have any recommendations of companies that offer a great service for supply, install and ongoing support?
We're looking for a long term relationship with a company that will help us to grow our IT provision as the school grows. We've not much money, so a company that offers an all in managed service, or leasing arrangements, would be considered.
Any advice or recommendations gratefully received.