How Cloud is shaping the Education sector?
Cloud for Education sector
Imparting quality education to students is the key to successful future of a country and the education sector has a greater responsibility in this regard. The current education industry is really huge. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, around 50 million students have enrolled in the public schools across US in 2015. And, 4.9 million students are expected to attend private schools. At the same time, 3.1 million full time equivalent (FTA) teachers are appointed in 2015 which means the pupil per teacher ratio is 16.0. The number of students attending colleges and universities in 2015 is 20.2 million.
Challenges faced by the Education Sector and Solution proposed by CenterServ
The present education sector is facing several challenges. Education institutions are making significant investments in technology. However, IT resources are mostly designed for commercial businesses. Firstly, education segment needs customized IT solutions. Secondly, maintaining software licenses for various applications is expensive. Thirdly, certain departments such as scientific research have to deal with large sets of data. When multiple users simultaneously access resources, load balancing is a challenge. Moreover, organizations have to deal with legacy hardware and software. Fourthly, the rise of eLearning industry demands on-demand access to resources 24/7. Educational institutions have to publish resources to remote devices. Moreover, end users might use any type of device. So, educational resources should be device-independent and location-independent. As with any other industry, the education sector has to comply with data retention and management regulations.
By moving to the cloud, the education sector can turn from teaching-driven approach to a learning-driven approach. Here are some of the benefits offered by the cloud.
Say No to Shelfware
Every education institution or university purchases multiple software products that become shelfware overtime. Whether it is due to end-of-life of the product, changing technologies or the complexities in deploying and managing the product, software that turns into shelfware drain your time, money and resources. Cloud computing eliminates the concept of shelfware as you only pay for the software you use. Regardless of the size of the institution, you can always work with new and updated technologies. Any patch or update is immediately reflected for every user.
Simplified IT management
The cloud offers a centralized dashboard to effectively monitor and manage the entire infrastructure with ease. Moreover, scalability is an added advantage. You can scale resources vertically as well as horizontally. You can easily add new users or manage administrative tasks on the go. When a new application is added to the network, it is easily integrated into the existing system.
For the education sector, mobility solutions are the key. With increasing eLearning programs, students now require access to educational resources from anywhere, anytime and from any device. The advent of smart-phones has brought a wide range of devices to the network. The university should be able to publish resources to any type of mobile device while not compromising on security.
By taking advantage of the cloud pay-per-use model, organizations can only pay for the resources consumed which significantly reduces the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). They can reach out to more students as well. New and innovative technologies can be cost-effectively implemented. For students, there is no need to purchase expensive textbooks. Moreover, expensive hardware is not required. Students can use any device to access resources.
Why CenterServ is the best cloud provider for the Education Industry?
Most of the current technology is designed for commercial businesses. Customizing these solutions to meet organization-specific needs requires significant amount of time, efforts and resources. CenterServ offers customized cloud solutions that are tailor-made for your organization which means you can concentrate on your core procedures.
CenterServ is the leading provider of cloud computing solutions for the healthcare industry. With thousands of nodes located in 200 countries, your data is always available online 24/7. Backed by several years of rich experience in designing education cloud systems that is augmented with the experienced and dedicated staff, CenterServ delivers customized cloud solutions that are reliable and secure. CenterServ is not affiliated or obliged to any product, service or solution which means your organization is entitled for the best available alternative for any specific purpose or need. Most importantly, CenterServ solutions are cost-effective.