Is Your School Ready for IaaS?
When it comes to adopting cloud solutions, not all school districts are ready to invest. There’s a significant knowledge gap surrounding the concept of IaaS, including how it affects a school’s existing IT workforce. School systems typically have established teams to maintain their physical infrastructure and data center. Moving to the cloud can potentially change how their IT teams operate.
Steps must be taken to ensure the district’s existing IT staff is ready to function in a cloud environment. With the right approach, IT staff can work more closely with students and support their increased technology needs in the classroom. Additionally, staff can become cloud certified to expand their skill base and eliminate knowledge gaps.
Significant Advantages Offered by IaaS
In districts that are ready, Iaas could prove incredibly valuable for K–12 administrators, educators and students alike. Here are the top three benefits of Infrastructure as a Service in K–12 education.
1. Pay-as-You-Go System Promises Cost Savings
With a traditional data center, the school bears the responsibility of building and maintaining physical infrastructure. Hundreds of thousands — in some cases, even millions — of dollars are invested into robust equipment to support the maximum capacity needed, yet it’s often used at only 10 to 20 percent of its capability. With IaaS, customers pay only for what they use. The pay-as-you-go model ensures schools get the most out of their investment without sacrificing their budget.
2. Cloud-Based Data Centers Are Secure and Efficient
Security is a major advantage of IaaS offerings. These cloud-based data centers are designed to uphold the highest level of security for organizations of all types. School districts benefit from premium security and robust efficiency at a lower cost compared with traditional options.
3. On-Demand, Versatile Services Give Educators Enhanced Flexibility
In the cloud, schools have access to a series of comprehensive, on-demand services. If teachers want to try out new software in their remote classroom, their IT departments don’t have to invest in new equipment or build out additional infrastructure. Instead, IaaS gives educators the flexibility to try new services with the click of a few buttons.
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