Network Overhaul, who to approach?
Well I've finally managed to get the message through that we need some serious investment in the next 12 months in our network infrastructure in order to carry on the massive ICT expansion planned. Everything's getting a bit old here, and it's all starting to show it's age a bit with more downtime than we want, and lots of patch up repairs to keep things going.
We have RM CC3 at the moment, so I've approached RM about upgrading and moving onto RM CC4 as one option.
I'm then planning to put together my own quote for an in-house built network purchasing the servers and other required hardware and software ourself and building a network to fit the schools requirements, so that's option 2.
I'm then looking for a third option, so I can present a good set of different options to the senior management team. One that springs to mind is Viglen Classlink, but having used this in the past I'm not sure if it would be as efficient on a large network like ours. I also have thought about approaching a local company and seeing what they could offer us, but a lack of experience in education could be an issue here. So does anyone know any other companies that specialise in networks for schools that it could be worthwhile approaching? Also any hints on people to avoid!