Bonded BT Infinity Project
So, here at school we have been having a little brain storm over how best to "get with the times" when it comes to internet speed. For the most part with the introduction of many "cloud" services, such as Google Apps in education or maybe even Office Live (not that i use this), the internet connection you have at school is becoming one of your most vital assets.
After my boss/bursar bought a new School Information Database and wanted to have staff access this web portal from home I began the quite reasonable "thats not gonna work boss" issues. At the moment we have 1 single ADSL line which services the whole school, it's not really been an issue for us, but especially now that i'm implementing so many new things I had to look at alternate solutions.
WELL, bloody hell its expensive. Most companies want to charge in the region of £4500 + VAT for "bonded ADSL" solutions and don't even get me started on lease lines. But i think i found the solution. We have just ordered ourselfs a brand new BT Line with Infinity on it, the price is £60 (inc VAT) for 1 month (which includes your line rental and unlimited Bandwidth).
I should get 33.6mbit down / 5.8mbit up (with my Infinity Line) which is awsome to start with!! But i'm not stopping there!! Once the 1st line is installed and is tested of 3 months for stability / reliability purposes, i will then place an order for another 3 BT Infinity lines. Of course these are £60 each. So thats a £240/month Price tag or £2880 a year.
That figure for us is about 1/4 of the cost of a lease line per annum. AND what is the beauty of this imo is it's completely internally managed. If this goes the way I think it will, i should get 134mbit/s down and 23.2mbit/s up using 4 "Bonded" BT Infinity internet connections. I think this "for schools at least" this is the answer to getting the most "Bang for our very limited buck" so to speak in regards to "internet connectivity". I have 2 IT Suites and 40 students using the internet at the same time over 1 single ADSL connetion is laughable really. Google Earth would make you crindge and laugh at the same time.
Now bonding is not new, but what I want to test "for all of us" is if BT Infinity Bonding is really a answer once it's available in your area. Because if it really does work the way i think it should, it really is a cracking choice.
I will be documenting the whole process from begining to end along with testing metrics and stats. My plan here is to do the "leap of faith" on the behalf of our band of edugeekers. By the end of this "year" at school, I hope to be able to say one way or another with reasonably proofs and infos if this a suitable solution!!