Achieving more with less
Volume I: Infrastructure
Gethin Nichols
gnichols@rm.com
A long time in politics
• From “future technologies” to “austerity”...
• Budget freedom
– The more you can squeeze from yo...
Relieving budget pressure
• Go green
• Print management
• Planning a more efficient network
• Make do and mend
• Thin clie...
Going GREEN
• Many of us have been hugging trees since
before we had to go all austere
• Increase in ICT kit has resulted ...
• A whole-school utility that is designed to
monitor your energy usage in school
• Monitors and report on all aspect of
energy use, tracked via the web
• Carbon Trust endorsed (=100% tax relief*)
• Poten...
John O’Gaunt School
• Using RM Utileyes for less than a year
• Annual savings of £16,700 expected
• Much improved green cr...
Projector Management
• Networked projectors becoming standard
– Wireless or Wired installs
• System Alerts & Monitoring
– ...
Print Management
• Different levels of cost savings
– Changing your printer settings
– Printer credits
– Enterprise Print
Print Management
• Printer Settings
– Keep up to date with latest drivers
– Print Quality
– Duplex Printing
Print Management
• Printer credits
– Community Connect 3 and 4 allow you to set
printer credit quotas for your users.
• Al...
Print Management
• Enterprise Print Solutions
– One set price for printers, toners and
maintenance
– Can drastically reduc...
Hardware
Servers
Servers
• The heart of your network
• Storage that is often the driver behind
adding more servers to your network
– It’s e...
• Option I: Carry on adding Servers
– Do you need the extra processing capacity?
– There are disadvantages:
• Increased ru...
• The successor to the RM Serv
– Super quiet
• Just 20 decibels
• Liquid cooling efficiency
– Designed for classroom/offic...
• Option II: Centralise your Storage
– Network Attached Storage Devices (NAS)
• Store large files on a centralised storage...
• Option II: Centralise your Storage
– Storage Area Network (SAN) Devices
• Reduce Downtime
• Increase Performance
• Utili...
• Option II: Centralise your Storage
– Virtualisation
Servers
Hardware:
• Option II: Centralise your Storage
– Virtualisation
– Fewer physical servers means further cost
savings
• Less ongoing h...
Hardware
Computers
• Maintaining what you’ve got
– Defrag
– Clean
– Update
• Notebook batteries
– Calibrate
– Charging Cycles
Computers
Hardw...
• Hardware Audit
– Automated (as on CC4) or Manual lists
– Upgrade existing hardware
• Memory
• CPU
• Network cards
– Rede...
• Designed specifically for education
• Fully configurable
– High powered fully featured to “Essentials”
• Environmentally...
• Thin Clients & Terminal Servers
– Utilising underpowered machines
– Buying specialist Thin Clients
• Cheaper
• Greener
•...
• RM ThinClient
– Locked down client software interface
removing risk of student disruption
– CC4 Anywhere compatible
– Di...
• RM ThinClient
– Easy-to-use management software
– Performance to be equivalent to using an
entry-level PC running dedica...
Hardware
Personal Devices
• Installed on the prospective user’s
device
• Ensures conditions before user log-on
– Anti-virus up to date
– Microsoft U...
• Enables teachers and learners to work
from any place using their own devices
whenever they need to
– Use mobile devices ...
• Lets people use networked software,
even if it's not installed on their device
• Manage your network on the move
from a ...
• Online Homework
• Goal Setting
• Progress Checking
• Activities, Blogs, Wikis
• Newsletters
• Uploading resources (not p...
• Total solutions can be chosen based on
what is most suitable and not just
what budget dictates
• Pay for resources as th...
• Technology refresh options allowing
you to add new equipment to a lease
during the term
• Our educational focus enables ...
Conclusion
• Becta may have gone, but....
• Infrastructure Strategy should look at:
• What can be retained, and how?
• Wha...
Primary School
Saving
Cost/Difficulty to
implement
(1-low, 5-high)
Switch to Virtualisation £12,000 4
Switch on Power Mana...
Conclusion
• Even if a proportion of these savings can
be made, it can have a huge impact
• Not to mention the other possi...
Achieving more with less - Infrastructure
Achieving more with less - Infrastructure
Achieving more with less - Infrastructure
Achieving more with less - Infrastructure
Achieving more with less - Infrastructure
Achieving more with less - Infrastructure
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Notes from the Autumn 2010 round of Primary Seminars from RM. This session looks at the cost savings that are possible by using ICT, from monitoring a school's utility bills to adopting more sustainable network products, and lots more in between.

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  • Budget freedom allows you to also be more innovative with your ict spend – once you’ve taken care of the unavoidable costs, you can think about the more cutting edge technologies.
  • £1400 per month saved by
  • £17k savid by Jogn
  • 10:10 project = Cutting carbon by 10% in 2010
  • You could carry on adding Domain Controllers to your network. This is of course an option if you need the extra processing capacity however if storage is the main reason for expanding the servers on your network then there are several disadvantages to this!
     
    Increased Running Costs: by adding more servers the amount of electricity to use will increase. You will need to add in the cost of additional support contracts for the servers you are adding.
    More Technical Management Time: more servers’ means more time required to manage them. Carrying out the daily or weekly housekeeping tasks; applying software updates, and so on.
    Increased Complexity: The more servers you have on your network, the more complex it will become and, if something goes wrong, it’s likely to take you longer to troubleshoot and fix the problem.
    Server Room Capacity: The more servers you have, the more room you will need. If your servers are rack mounted you need to ensure you have enough room in your cabinets and also consider the amount of heat will be generated by the additional servers. Will your air conditioning be able to cope with the amount of additional heat the server(s) will create?
  • You could carry on adding Domain Controllers to your network. This is of course an option if you need the extra processing capacity however if storage is the main reason for expanding the servers on your network then there are several disadvantages to this!
     
    Increased Running Costs: by adding more servers the amount of electricity to use will increase. You will need to add in the cost of additional support contracts for the servers you are adding.
    More Technical Management Time: more servers’ means more time required to manage them. Carrying out the daily or weekly housekeeping tasks; applying software updates, and so on.
    Increased Complexity: The more servers you have on your network, the more complex it will become and, if something goes wrong, it’s likely to take you longer to troubleshoot and fix the problem.
    Server Room Capacity: The more servers you have, the more room you will need. If your servers are rack mounted you need to ensure you have enough room in your cabinets and also consider the amount of heat will be generated by the additional servers. Will your air conditioning be able to cope with the amount of additional heat the server(s) will create?
  • Reduce Downtime: A shared storage solution can minimise the downtime of any network as there are redundant, multiple paths between the servers and storage. As you can see in the diagram above, the server contains two SAN Ethernet controllers with one controller going to each SAN switch. Should one of the Ethernet controllers fail then there is another path to the SAN.
     
    Increase Performance: A SAN can speed up the network by intelligently spreading data across multiple discs avoiding data blockages. Fewer Devices to manage No need to keep adding NAS boxes, Hard Disk Drives and extra storage, it is much easier to manage with a SAN and no need to worry about running out of storage.
     
    Utilise Space More Efficiently: A shared storage solution allows re-allocation of disc space at a moment's notice.
     
    Easy Transition: A shared storage solution can be easily added and installed on to your existing network and expanded as you need more storage space.
     
    Prevent Bottlenecks: A shared storage solution means that you no longer have to rely on your servers to do all of the work. · Expand Easily Once the data is on a SAN, the data is in a permanent home- no need to worry about data migration ever again! Expanding your existing storage space is as close to plug and play as it gets.
     
    Increase Attainment: A shared storage solution frees up teachers and pupils to use their imagination; media rich classes can be accompanied by faster log on times
     
    Be the hero: A SAN means less downtime
  • Another way to decrease the costs of running your network is to virtualise. Virtualising your servers migrates physical servers on to a VMware operating system. This allows you to consolidate your various servers on to a single hardware platform. Schools and colleges place particular demands on networks and so we've spent time understanding the load on servers to generate a robust design for the virtualised network that will work in schools.
     
    When you virtualise your network, VMware vSphere is our recommended solution to house your virtualised servers. There are four versions of VMware available from RM:
     
    vSphere Essentials
    vSphere Essentials Plus
    vSphere Standard
    vSphere Advanced
     
    The features of vSphere are:
     
    VMware ESXi 4: This is the operating system used on your hardware
    vCenter: Allows you to manage your virtualised servers through a central management console.
    Update Manager: This allows you to manage and schedule updates to the operating systems.
    vMotion: vMotion is a tool that allows you to move your virtualised servers between hardware without having any virtualised server downtime.
    Fault Tolerance: Fault Tolerance is a tool that allows virtual machines to be migrated seamlessly from one physical hardware to another without any system downtime.
     
    Depending on the version of VMware vSphere that is purchased will depend on which of the above features are available.
  • Another way to decrease the costs of running your network is to virtualise. Virtualising your servers migrates physical servers on to a VMware operating system. This allows you to consolidate your various servers on to a single hardware platform. Schools and colleges place particular demands on networks and so we've spent time understanding the load on servers to generate a robust design for the virtualised network that will work in schools.
     
    When you virtualise your network, VMware vSphere is our recommended solution to house your virtualised servers. There are four versions of VMware available from RM:
     
    vSphere Essentials
    vSphere Essentials Plus
    vSphere Standard
    vSphere Advanced
     
    The features of vSphere are:
     
    VMware ESXi 4: This is the operating system used on your hardware
    vCenter: Allows you to manage your virtualised servers through a central management console.
    Update Manager: This allows you to manage and schedule updates to the operating systems.
    vMotion: vMotion is a tool that allows you to move your virtualised servers between hardware without having any virtualised server downtime.
    Fault Tolerance: Fault Tolerance is a tool that allows virtual machines to be migrated seamlessly from one physical hardware to another without any system downtime.
     
    Depending on the version of VMware vSphere that is purchased will depend on which of the above features are available.
  • Reduce Downtime: A shared storage solution can minimise the downtime of any network as there are redundant, multiple paths between the servers and storage. As you can see in the diagram above, the server contains two SAN Ethernet controllers with one controller going to each SAN switch. Should one of the Ethernet controllers fail then there is another path to the SAN.
     
    Increase Performance: A SAN can speed up the network by intelligently spreading data across multiple discs avoiding data blockages. Fewer Devices to manage No need to keep adding NAS boxes, Hard Disk Drives and extra storage, it is much easier to manage with a SAN and no need to worry about running out of storage.
     
    Utilise Space More Efficiently: A shared storage solution allows re-allocation of disc space at a moment's notice.
     
    Easy Transition: A shared storage solution can be easily added and installed on to your existing network and expanded as you need more storage space.
     
    Prevent Bottlenecks: A shared storage solution means that you no longer have to rely on your servers to do all of the work. · Expand Easily Once the data is on a SAN, the data is in a permanent home- no need to worry about data migration ever again! Expanding your existing storage space is as close to plug and play as it gets.
     
    Increase Attainment: A shared storage solution frees up teachers and pupils to use their imagination; media rich classes can be accompanied by faster log on times
     
    Be the hero: A SAN means less downtime
  • Reduce Downtime: A shared storage solution can minimise the downtime of any network as there are redundant, multiple paths between the servers and storage. As you can see in the diagram above, the server contains two SAN Ethernet controllers with one controller going to each SAN switch. Should one of the Ethernet controllers fail then there is another path to the SAN.
     
    Increase Performance: A SAN can speed up the network by intelligently spreading data across multiple discs avoiding data blockages. Fewer Devices to manage No need to keep adding NAS boxes, Hard Disk Drives and extra storage, it is much easier to manage with a SAN and no need to worry about running out of storage.
     
    Utilise Space More Efficiently: A shared storage solution allows re-allocation of disc space at a moment's notice.
     
    Easy Transition: A shared storage solution can be easily added and installed on to your existing network and expanded as you need more storage space.
     
    Prevent Bottlenecks: A shared storage solution means that you no longer have to rely on your servers to do all of the work. · Expand Easily Once the data is on a SAN, the data is in a permanent home- no need to worry about data migration ever again! Expanding your existing storage space is as close to plug and play as it gets.
     
    Increase Attainment: A shared storage solution frees up teachers and pupils to use their imagination; media rich classes can be accompanied by faster log on times
     
    Be the hero: A SAN means less downtime
  • Half of RM One’s now configured with Ecoquiet
  • The Terminal Server carries out all the processing and can be used as you would use a desktop computer. Thin clients are suited to low demand applications such as web browsing and Microsoft Word. It is not recommended to use high demand applications such as multimedia and digital video editing as this may deteriorate performance of the software or the network. It's important to manage the applications on the server carefully in order to maintain maximum performance.
     
    If you are considering using older computers and converting them to thin client devices, then there is a product available called iGel. iGel produce software called Universal Desktop Convertor that allows you to migrate your existing computer into a fully manageable IGEL Universal Desktop thin client-like device. It is capable of delivering Terminal Server desktop applications. Also included with iGel is free, thin client deployment and management software, with which you can quickly and securely manage and administer the converted computers.
     
    iGel is based on Linux and is installed on the hard drive of the computer you want to use as a thin client. The iGel Universal Desktop Converter is an ideal introduction to thin client technologies and minimises the costs of buying new client hardware and allows you to reuse your older computers.
     
    Of course, you don’t have to just older computers if you want to use thin clients on your Community Connect 3 or Community Connect 4 networks. A second option is to use thin client devices. These are simply a dumb-terminal which allows a mouse, keyboard, monitor, and network connection to be connected to your network and make use of a Terminal Server.
     
    From a Sustainability point of view, there are many advantages of thin clients and Terminal Servers:
     
    Thin clients are cheaper to buy than standard desktop PCs and laptops.
     
    Thin clients have a longer lifespan than PCs and notebooks as there is less inside them to go wrong.
     
    They typically last for five to eight years whilst PCs and laptops usually have to be replaced after between three and five years. This means the amount of time between your hardware refreshes is extended, so you spend less over a period of time.
     
    They consume less energy than PCs and laptops.
    They produce less heat than PCs and laptops, which reduces the need to use air conditioning to keep your classrooms cool.
     
    You consume fewer raw materials by extending your hardware lifespan through the use of thin clients, which means you reduce your energy consumption over a period of time.
     
    You have to carefully consider whether Thin Clients will suit your establishment. For example, the majority of thin clients will not have audio capability or the ability to use removable storage devices such as a USB drive.
     
    If you're planning to connect peripherals to your thin clients (for example; USB drives, projectors or interactive whiteboards), we advise you to check the capabilities of the devices to ensure they support this functionality.
     
    For more information on using Terminal Servers and Thin Clients you can find more information on the RM website:
     
    http://www.rm.com/shops/rmshop/Product.aspx?cref=PD1535905
  • The Terminal Server carries out all the processing and can be used as you would use a desktop computer. Thin clients are suited to low demand applications such as web browsing and Microsoft Word. It is not recommended to use high demand applications such as multimedia and digital video editing as this may deteriorate performance of the software or the network. It's important to manage the applications on the server carefully in order to maintain maximum performance.
     
    If you are considering using older computers and converting them to thin client devices, then there is a product available called iGel. iGel produce software called Universal Desktop Convertor that allows you to migrate your existing computer into a fully manageable IGEL Universal Desktop thin client-like device. It is capable of delivering Terminal Server desktop applications. Also included with iGel is free, thin client deployment and management software, with which you can quickly and securely manage and administer the converted computers.
     
    iGel is based on Linux and is installed on the hard drive of the computer you want to use as a thin client. The iGel Universal Desktop Converter is an ideal introduction to thin client technologies and minimises the costs of buying new client hardware and allows you to reuse your older computers.
     
    Of course, you don’t have to just older computers if you want to use thin clients on your Community Connect 3 or Community Connect 4 networks. A second option is to use thin client devices. These are simply a dumb-terminal which allows a mouse, keyboard, monitor, and network connection to be connected to your network and make use of a Terminal Server.
     
    From a Sustainability point of view, there are many advantages of thin clients and Terminal Servers:
     
    Thin clients are cheaper to buy than standard desktop PCs and laptops.
     
    Thin clients have a longer lifespan than PCs and notebooks as there is less inside them to go wrong.
     
    They typically last for five to eight years whilst PCs and laptops usually have to be replaced after between three and five years. This means the amount of time between your hardware refreshes is extended, so you spend less over a period of time.
     
    They consume less energy than PCs and laptops.
    They produce less heat than PCs and laptops, which reduces the need to use air conditioning to keep your classrooms cool.
     
    You consume fewer raw materials by extending your hardware lifespan through the use of thin clients, which means you reduce your energy consumption over a period of time.
     
    You have to carefully consider whether Thin Clients will suit your establishment. For example, the majority of thin clients will not have audio capability or the ability to use removable storage devices such as a USB drive.
     
    If you're planning to connect peripherals to your thin clients (for example; USB drives, projectors or interactive whiteboards), we advise you to check the capabilities of the devices to ensure they support this functionality.
     
    For more information on using Terminal Servers and Thin Clients you can find more information on the RM website:
     
    http://www.rm.com/shops/rmshop/Product.aspx?cref=PD1535905
  • The Terminal Server carries out all the processing and can be used as you would use a desktop computer. Thin clients are suited to low demand applications such as web browsing and Microsoft Word. It is not recommended to use high demand applications such as multimedia and digital video editing as this may deteriorate performance of the software or the network. It's important to manage the applications on the server carefully in order to maintain maximum performance.
     
    If you are considering using older computers and converting them to thin client devices, then there is a product available called iGel. iGel produce software called Universal Desktop Convertor that allows you to migrate your existing computer into a fully manageable IGEL Universal Desktop thin client-like device. It is capable of delivering Terminal Server desktop applications. Also included with iGel is free, thin client deployment and management software, with which you can quickly and securely manage and administer the converted computers.
     
    iGel is based on Linux and is installed on the hard drive of the computer you want to use as a thin client. The iGel Universal Desktop Converter is an ideal introduction to thin client technologies and minimises the costs of buying new client hardware and allows you to reuse your older computers.
     
    Of course, you don’t have to just older computers if you want to use thin clients on your Community Connect 3 or Community Connect 4 networks. A second option is to use thin client devices. These are simply a dumb-terminal which allows a mouse, keyboard, monitor, and network connection to be connected to your network and make use of a Terminal Server.
     
    From a Sustainability point of view, there are many advantages of thin clients and Terminal Servers:
     
    Thin clients are cheaper to buy than standard desktop PCs and laptops.
     
    Thin clients have a longer lifespan than PCs and notebooks as there is less inside them to go wrong.
     
    They typically last for five to eight years whilst PCs and laptops usually have to be replaced after between three and five years. This means the amount of time between your hardware refreshes is extended, so you spend less over a period of time.
     
    They consume less energy than PCs and laptops.
    They produce less heat than PCs and laptops, which reduces the need to use air conditioning to keep your classrooms cool.
     
    You consume fewer raw materials by extending your hardware lifespan through the use of thin clients, which means you reduce your energy consumption over a period of time.
     
    You have to carefully consider whether Thin Clients will suit your establishment. For example, the majority of thin clients will not have audio capability or the ability to use removable storage devices such as a USB drive.
     
    If you're planning to connect peripherals to your thin clients (for example; USB drives, projectors or interactive whiteboards), we advise you to check the capabilities of the devices to ensure they support this functionality.
     
    For more information on using Terminal Servers and Thin Clients you can find more information on the RM website:
     
    http://www.rm.com/shops/rmshop/Product.aspx?cref=PD1535905
  • Achieving more with less - Infrastructure

    1. 1. Achieving more with less Volume I: Infrastructure Gethin Nichols gnichols@rm.com
    2. 2. A long time in politics • From “future technologies” to “austerity”... • Budget freedom – The more you can squeeze from your ICT budget leaves more money elsewhere • Impact on Education – Costs increasingly scrutinised – Reduction in investment in certain areas – New builds less likely, refurbishment key
    3. 3. Relieving budget pressure • Go green • Print management • Planning a more efficient network • Make do and mend • Thin clients and personal devices • Learning Platforms • Leasing
    4. 4. Going GREEN • Many of us have been hugging trees since before we had to go all austere • Increase in ICT kit has resulted in an additional energy (and cost) burden
    5. 5. • A whole-school utility that is designed to monitor your energy usage in school
    6. 6. • Monitors and report on all aspect of energy use, tracked via the web • Carbon Trust endorsed (=100% tax relief*) • Potentially large cost savings to be made * In Year 1
    7. 7. John O’Gaunt School • Using RM Utileyes for less than a year • Annual savings of £16,700 expected • Much improved green credentials – Committed to the 10:10 project – In excess of 10% of total energy cost saved – Energy Rating moving from D to B
    8. 8. Projector Management • Networked projectors becoming standard – Wireless or Wired installs • System Alerts & Monitoring – Over heating – Errors – Lamp life • Scheduling – Cost Savings
    9. 9. Print Management • Different levels of cost savings – Changing your printer settings – Printer credits – Enterprise Print
    10. 10. Print Management • Printer Settings – Keep up to date with latest drivers – Print Quality – Duplex Printing
    11. 11. Print Management • Printer credits – Community Connect 3 and 4 allow you to set printer credit quotas for your users. • Allocates users a printer credit quota • Set a “page cost” on your printers • Auto-allocation strategies can be applied – In CC4 you can modify auto-allocation so you can set a daily allowance for your users. – Other generic printer credit software
    12. 12. Print Management • Enterprise Print Solutions – One set price for printers, toners and maintenance – Can drastically reduce Total Cost of Ownership – Set up rules to manage costs – “Follow me” printing
    13. 13. Hardware Servers
    14. 14. Servers • The heart of your network • Storage that is often the driver behind adding more servers to your network – It’s estimated that storage requirements in a school is expected to grow by 75% over the next 3 years • This leaves you with a choice in terms of your network strategy Hardware:
    15. 15. • Option I: Carry on adding Servers – Do you need the extra processing capacity? – There are disadvantages: • Increased running costs • More technical management time • Increased complexity • Server room capacity Servers Hardware:
    16. 16. • The successor to the RM Serv – Super quiet • Just 20 decibels • Liquid cooling efficiency – Designed for classroom/office – High Performance drives – Internal RDX backup drive – Roughly 58% of standard server energy use – Supports up to 50 CC3 clients RM DualServ eXL
    17. 17. • Option II: Centralise your Storage – Network Attached Storage Devices (NAS) • Store large files on a centralised storage area • Same associated cons as adding an additional server such as Domain Controller Servers Hardware:
    18. 18. • Option II: Centralise your Storage – Storage Area Network (SAN) Devices • Reduce Downtime • Increase Performance • Utilise Space More Efficiently • Easy Transition • Prevent Bottlenecks • Increase Attainment • SAN means less downtime Servers Hardware:
    19. 19. • Option II: Centralise your Storage – Virtualisation Servers Hardware:
    20. 20. • Option II: Centralise your Storage – Virtualisation – Fewer physical servers means further cost savings • Less ongoing hardware outlay • Fewer support contracts • Less energy used • Less physical space needed for housing Servers Hardware:
    21. 21. Hardware Computers
    22. 22. • Maintaining what you’ve got – Defrag – Clean – Update • Notebook batteries – Calibrate – Charging Cycles Computers Hardware: http://www.rm.com/support/ technicalArticle.asp?cref=TEC49012
    23. 23. • Hardware Audit – Automated (as on CC4) or Manual lists – Upgrade existing hardware • Memory • CPU • Network cards – Redeploying computers based on use – Purchase more sustainable kit Computers Hardware:
    24. 24. • Designed specifically for education • Fully configurable – High powered fully featured to “Essentials” • Environmentally friendly – Recycled plastic – Eco mode – Reusable screen – Energy efficient power supply •Carry handle •Height-adjustable Screen •Secure height lock •Spaced, front-facing USB ports •Base unit rotation rollers •Control settings access •Integrated card reader option •Security features
    25. 25. • Thin Clients & Terminal Servers – Utilising underpowered machines – Buying specialist Thin Clients • Cheaper • Greener • Longer life Computers Hardware:
    26. 26. • RM ThinClient – Locked down client software interface removing risk of student disruption – CC4 Anywhere compatible – Display streamed video without noticeable frame loss – Easy setup and deployment – Support multiple screen sizes and multiple outputs Computers Hardware:
    27. 27. • RM ThinClient – Easy-to-use management software – Performance to be equivalent to using an entry-level PC running dedicated OS – Smaller form factor than RM miniPC – Robust fascia – Mounting options including PSU and cable management Computers Hardware:
    28. 28. Hardware Personal Devices
    29. 29. • Installed on the prospective user’s device • Ensures conditions before user log-on – Anti-virus up to date – Microsoft Updates enabled • Can display an AUP at log-on
    30. 30. • Enables teachers and learners to work from any place using their own devices whenever they need to – Use mobile devices on your network via a 3G or wireless connection – Users can log in and work from home, using an iMac, iPad or an RM miniBook
    31. 31. • Lets people use networked software, even if it's not installed on their device • Manage your network on the move from a portable device like an iPhone • Provide a more sustainable approach to ICT using thin client technology
    32. 32. • Online Homework • Goal Setting • Progress Checking • Activities, Blogs, Wikis • Newsletters • Uploading resources (not printing them!) • Checking Attendance • Supporting Evidence • Comments, and contributions Learning Platforms
    33. 33. • Total solutions can be chosen based on what is most suitable and not just what budget dictates • Pay for resources as they are used, not in advance • Easier budgeting • Efficient acquisition and planning • Conserve working capital
    34. 34. • Technology refresh options allowing you to add new equipment to a lease during the term • Our educational focus enables us to provide solutions appropriate to you • View your lease and it's terms online • Fair and transparent contract • Flexibility - you are in control
    35. 35. Conclusion • Becta may have gone, but.... • Infrastructure Strategy should look at: • What can be retained, and how? • What measures will increase sustainability? • What can save me costs in the long run? • Lowering the total cost of ownership
    36. 36. Primary School Saving Cost/Difficulty to implement (1-low, 5-high) Switch to Virtualisation £12,000 4 Switch on Power Management £9,000 2 Switch to lower energy devices £4,000 3 Switch your communications £10,000 4 Switch to remote access £3,000 3 Stop buying every computer yourself £15,000 3 Stop photocopying/printing £20,000 2 Stop buying so much software - 1 Stop your email servers £7,500 1 Save students money I - 1 Save students money II - 1 Save money on upgrades £3,200 2 Save your old computers £3,000 2 Save your software budget £300 1 GRAND TOTAL £88,000 Conclusion Source: Microsoft – UK Schools Blog
    37. 37. Conclusion • Even if a proportion of these savings can be made, it can have a huge impact • Not to mention the other possibilities we have explored in this (and the next) session

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