Upgrading WAN links from 2Mbit / Advice
Our College has 4 sites in South Leeds; there is one central site and the other sites each connect to it using 3x 2Mbit BT MegaStream links (I'm guessing he underlying technology is framerelay).
With expansion over the past 10 years the slow performance of these links are beginning to have a detremental impact on the network and the users/applications. Each site has over 100 PCs/and around 100 staff/students at one time (sometimes more / sometimes less), the LANs operate at 100Mbit, I don't believe these is a serious problem with the speed of the LANs.
We base staff files/roaming profiles on a server at the site they spend most of heir time, but inevitably quite a lot of staff need to logon at different sites various times of the week (e.g. lecturers and student support), and access to files/logging on can be very slow if they don't logon at their main site. Students tend to stick to just one site, so we base their files/profiles at the local server, and there isn't too much of a problem with their logon times/access to their files.
Can anyone recommend any technologies / companies / prices we'd expect to pay? I am going to write a "invitation to quote" document, and send it to 3-4 telecoms companies. I am looking at around 10Mbit for a substantial improvement in performance, without breaking the bank, with a possible completion date of before September.
Couple of issues:
- We also run telephone calls (VoIP) over these links (perhaps not very relevant).
- Internet access is via one 10Mbit connection at the main site, so any Internet access at the other sites have to go over these links to go out over the 10Mbit Internet connecttion at the main site.
- I'm not sure if the routers at each site support more than 2Mbit on their WAN serial interfaces, so any upgrade may require new routers.
I wonder if it feasible to upgrade the existing 2Mbit (I think at least two of them are fibre) at little cost?
Any help / advice much appreciated!
Leeds / UK.