Cloud Computing Moves to the Head of the Class

Cloud Computing Moves to the Head of the Class

Education is graduating to the cloud for its computing power, security, and collaboration tools

More than any other technology, cloud computing lays the groundwork for high-tech education. The accessibility of information stored in cloud servers makes it possible for educators and students to access courseware and educational materials from anywhere. Data storage, backup, and security challenges are simplified in the cloud, and the reliability and affordability of cloud-based applications are friendly to budget-conscious institutions.

Cloud-enabled technologies help schools increase the efficiency and collaboration of administrative processes, including student recruiting, admission, and retention. They also enhance the operational effectiveness of campus operations and promote new avenues for learning, research, and teaching.


1. Scarce financial resources

Educational institutions must support IT-enabled institutional efficiencies and innovations while balancing IT priorities and staying within budget.

2. Ever-increasing bandwidth demands

Schools are consuming ever-greater volumes of bandwidth, so it is becoming critical for schools to get their infrastructure right to support this.

3. Data security

Securing and protecting valuable institutional data as well as the private data of students and staff is paramount.

4. Data-enabled institutional culture

Institutions can use business intelligence (BI) and analytics to inform the broader conversation and answer big questions.

5. Digital integrations

It is vital to ensure system interoperability, scalability, and extensibility, as well as data integrity, standards, and governance, across multiple applications and platforms.

6. Change leadership

Institutional constituents must adapt to (and leverage) the increasing pace of technological change.

7. Student-centered institution

Technology takes an increasing role in defining the student experience on campus—from applicants to alumni


Efficient communication and data-sharing tools

Communication, collaboration, and data-sharing are fundamental tenets of the education experience, and increasingly schools are leveraging technology tools that promote advanced communication and data-sharing options.

Cost-effective technology and IT management

Cost is a constant concern. Services that place minimal demands on scarce internal resources help schools spend more funds on their missions.

Security of student information

The vast amount of sensitive personal and financial information collected and stored by schools and universities needs to be stored and held securely and in compliance.

Access to decision-making data

Big data is now being used for strategies such as student retention, course planning, and back-office process automation.

Promoting student success

Higher education institutions are placing considerable importance on student success initiatives, with 74% incorporating a student success focus into their IT strategy.

Physical security

Schools are taking steps to protect students and staff, and are increasingly interested in integrating security technologies with other platforms.



Cloud services can be less expensive for schools than maintaining an internal infrastructure and employing the IT staff required to support it.

Flexible and reliable data storage

Cloud provides virtually unlimited data storage capabilities. Resources can be added or shelved in response to growth or a change in focus. Schools can store more data without having to update or purchase additional hardware.

Embrace new technology

A cloud model allows schools to quickly embrace new and emerging technologies and incorporate them into their learning strategies.

IT staff availability

Cloud computing frees IT resources for other tasks because the cloud service provider takes care of regular maintenance and updates, as well as security checks and procedures.


Cloud services offer more effective management of software licenses through on-demand software (SaaS) and timely, centralized updates, performed by qualified software engineers.


Cloud services provide 24/7 disaster recovery and more robust security designed to meet the compliance and legislative demands facing education organizations.

Learning strategies

Cloud facilitates learning strategies such as flipped learning, in which students learn and discuss course material outside of the classroom and then do projects together in the classroom. Flipped learning requires file-sharing apps, wireless presentation gateways, video servers, and chat apps—all cloud-enabled tools.

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