Technology in Schools is developing at an amazing pace. Gone are the days of computer labs serving the whole school, now students have their own laptops and even children as young as 4 or 5 are given tablets or Chrome books. With this advance came a change in the technology infrastructure required by Schools. We now need web servers, databases, security, monitoring, backup and other infrastructure to support daily learning and management of the school. We also needed space to host this equipment, air conditioning to cool it and electricity to power it. This has resulted in increased costs, staffing and space required by the IT department. Now we see schools adopting various SaaS solutions and migrating email, document storage and other services into the cloud. With this reliance on the cloud for school management why not look to take further advantage of cloud services and migrate other infrastructure into the cloud. Services like AWS provide a unique opportunity to schools to provide much greater flexibility, higher performance, cost reductions and security over traditional infrastructure where budgets, scale and expertise have constrained what is possible. We already see Universities and EdTech start-ups adopting the cloud and AWS in large numbers for their infrastructure, so why not schools in general.
Let’s take a look at some of the key benefits of cloud computing for schools, focusing on AWS and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).