Beware the expense of hardware upgrades
By David Tindall, CEO, Schools Broadband
Colossal growth in demand on school bandwidths means 1Gbps connections in secondary schools are now relatively standard practice. And with BT rolling out their full-fibre infrastructure, and the introduction of Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) connections, smaller schools are also realising the benefits of ultrafast broadband technologies, receiving five times speeds of superfast (EoFTTC) broadband at 350Mbps.
But some schools have been unaware that their on-site filtering and security hardware only has the capacity to process 80-100Mbps. Upgrading or replacing hardware could cost thousands, a capital expense schools could well do without.
Planning your network capacity to accommodate bigger bandwidths as cost-effectively as possible undoubtedly means transferring on-site services like filtering and security to a cloud hosted service. Cloud-hosted server capacities are in their tens of Gbps, meaning capital costs required to improve your school’s network become an expenditure of the past.
Schools Broadband has invested over half a million pounds in its cloud-hosted filtering and security platform, so you don’t have to. Based on Netsweeper and Fortinet technologies, the filtering solution meets all the PreventDuty requirements. The platform is designed to accommodate the enormous increases in school bandwidth demands, both now and in the future; something traditional servers will not do.
The Schools Broadband core network supports multiple 100Gbps interfaces, meaning filtering servers can be added as required, allowing schools to make use of 1Gbps and 10Gbps broadband services as they become available.