Have you had a look at "Opal" Business Broadband, Network & Telecoms Solutions | Opal i know they give out static IP's i believe you get 6 per connection although not 100% sure on cost of the service i could find this out for you though if you wanted to find out further information.
Its fairly simple to deploy if you want to manually create accounts with a csv or a script or such, but we decided to use Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager which provisions accounts from AD and syncs passwords. This was a PITA to set up due to the documentation not being that great, but Ive got it all working perfectly now.
Feel free to PM if you have any Q's
I would be interested in seeing a further comparion of live@edu vs Google apps if anyone has some links.
Does edu have things like Apps Marketplacef ro example
We just chose the MS option as we are a full MS house, on the full schools +SA, and it seemed an obvious choice
AntiThesis, I'm based up in JHB so I feel your pain.
What we've done is register for Google Apps Educational Edition.
We have 3x 4MB Lines (1 Uncapped, which is horrifically shaped, and the other 2 with 50GB Accounts).
We get these from SAI who are resellers for IS.
We have 120+ Staff and 700+ Kids using it and it all works very nicely, only issues we had was when IS had connectivity problems for a few days (I think it was during the maintenance on the SAT3 Cables) but that wasn't Google Mail's fault obviously.
The Spam and Virus filtering is excellent, it links with Google Docs, Sites & Calendars. Best of all, staff & students can check their mail anywhere on just about any device.
We've done away with our Exchange server and we only use one static IP which goes into an ISA box which then forwards it to the relevant services (which really is only Terminal Services at the moment).
If you have any questions or would like any details or people to contact, please feel free to message me :)
We're leaning more and more towards the Google Apps way - I've been asked to put down a proposal for this and our school website. A message is on the way to you Nick.
By the way, overseas counterparts, what's an/a LEA?
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Alternatively, I'm now with Zen at home (on a business connection) and they may be able to help - Zen Internet - Broadband, Hosting, Leased Lines & Security Services