Class is now on the Cloud!

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We have some fantastic news that most of our customers will be thrilled to hear… the existing Class.NET platform is now available on ‘the Cloud’ – Class Cloud!
You now have the option to upgrade from your current server-based Class.NET to Class Cloud and the benefits are plentiful!

What are the benefits of Class Cloud?

  • the existing Class.NET front-end that you’re accustomed to seeing/using can now be hosted by Infospeed
  • your IT costs are vastly reduced:
    • there is NO need for (the purchase, maintenance and replacement of) an in-house server for Class
    • there is NO need for separate software and hardware packages
    • we perform a 3-tier back-up of Class on your behalf
  • you will be Class Web-ready, meaning you will have access to Class Web when iterative releases commence in the near future
  • it is available on multiple platforms: Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, iPhone and Android
  • speedier access to support your database should you require assistance
  • easier 3rd party module integration (for example with Flywire and Guided E-Learning), Class Online Toolkit

Do I have to upgrade to Class Cloud immediately?

Should you wish to continue with your current server-based contract (whereby YOU are hosting Class yourselves), that is absolutely fine. However please bear in mind that when Class Web’s iterative releases commence in the near future, you will need to be on ‘Class Cloud’ as you will NOT be able to use Class Web without it. Having said this, you have plenty of time to weigh up your options and you can either upgrade now, next year, or even the year after – whenever suits you!

Is there a cost?

There is an annual charge for hosting as the costs and responsibility of purchasing servers/associated software and IT support for your Class server (backups and antivirus etc) now rests with us. You save these costs elsewhere and in many cases, are better off without the technical headaches associated with maintaining a software solution of this size. The ASMU (Annual Support, Maintenance and Upgrades) fee also remains.

Has this solution been trialed and tested?

Yes, we have been working in the background for many months to ensure the success of Class Cloud and already have happy customers using the solution. Our Support Team use Class Cloud internally too.

What do I do now?

If you’d like a quote to get an idea of prices and discuss the transition, please email us.

Kind regards,
The Infospeed Team

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Important Class .NET Changes

Microsoft SQL Supported Versions
The latest version of Class is now compatible with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to 2016.
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (and 2005 Express) are no longer supported.

Please ensure that you review the latest Release Notes before upgrading.


Upgrading to Class 8.2.0?
An update to the Class Console will be required. Please install the update using ConsoleSetup.msi found within the Upgrade Zip file.

If you do not use this updated Console, you will encounter an error when checking for updates.


Important Notice – Latest release of Class 8.2.0 (NEW!)

When upgrading to Class 8.2.0, a new SMS Account ID will be required.  Please see Release Notes & HS239 for further information.

There has been a major enhancement to the Group Master Document templates. Some of the merge fields have been updated and after the upgrade may result in some important information missing. Therefore, changes will need to be made to the templates.

Detailed information is in the Release Notice which can be downloaded from our website or obtained by emailing support@infospeed.co.uk. We strongly recommend that this is read before the upgrade is carried out.

The Infospeed Team.