What bit are you saying about? SIMS only needs a few fast cores over more cores or the statement about primaries only need good spec not extreme kit?
I can't see most primary schools out growing the "workstation" class machines in the next 5 years, assuming SLG or such is centrally hosted.
This access will generate potentially a large amount of users, who would be able to log in and put quite some load on the server all day long. For us, that means a potential 500 new users worth of load on the SIMS server. And we have to have the capability to support that, because if it doesn't, then we're breaking the requirement set by the govt.
From Becta's Parental Engagement guide:
http://publications.becta.org.uk/dow...fm?resID=35300By September 2008 all secondary schools will
be expected to provide information to parents
covering achievement, progress, attendance,
behaviour and special needs, on a timely and
frequent basis – this should be at least once per
term. By September 2010 all secondary schools
will need to offer parents real-time access to this
information (including the opportunity for secure
online access) wherever and whenever they want.
Last edited by localzuk; 18th November 2009 at 03:21 PM.
Ah... and I think Becta redefined "real-time" saying it's up-to the school to decide what they want it to mean. Specially when very few suppliers can do true realtime, most have to do it nightly.
No, just what my LA said, can you find the DCSF\Becta definition of real-time anyway?
Most LA are pushing UniServity, which updates overnight (or whenever) and we're told this covers the requirement for online reporting (or whatever you want to call it).
I haven't got proof on the DCSF changing the guidelines but I had heard that to be the case too.
The data doesn't have to be presented specifically through SLG, it needs to be presented through something SIF compliant.
I'd have thought the data displayed to parents etc would be updated via SIF at regular intervals, the interval would depend on what data was being displayed - perhaps in real time, daily, weekly or monthly, essentially it would be updated however often is appropriate for what is being displayed.
Using SIF shouldn't hammer the SIMS Server as it will just query for the data now and then.
If SLG is used and hosted at the school then I think it draws direct from the SQL but don't quote me on that. This would increase usage on the SIMS Server.
I believe migrating to SQL 2008 will allow you to tell the Server to use more cores.
You can't really decide upon your server spec until you know what your server is going to be doing. What are the plans for the realtime access?
Hope that makes sense, basically sims.mdf can't run on two or more cores.
Medium_Dave - Please contact the Somerset SIMS Support Team to discuss. The server requirements here seem excessive for a primary school server, even though it will most likely be acting as a domain controller and file server for the whole school network as well as an SQL server for SIMS.
There is an option for SIMS to be Centrally Hosted within Somerset rather than on the schools server.
There is also no tie in between SIMS / Office Support and Hardware sales within Somerset.
Last edited by splattthecat; 20th November 2009 at 04:53 PM.
Although I work in Somerset, the school on whose behalf I am asking is significantly further to the North.
And also - as I work in Somerset - I can absolutely 100% guarantee you that getting any kind of support for the server in general, or SIMS in particular, is murderously difficult if not impossible, unless one can quote the gold sticker number. Which, of course, you only get if you buy your hardware from County. The rule book might technically say otherwise, I have no idea - but I have far too much first-hand experience of this, on more than one site. I am not misinterpretting, or mistaken.
There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)