Should schools embrace the cloud for delivery of software functionality? Or is it another fad that will fade away?
Cloud based services are one of the fastest growing areas of the IT marketplace and schools are pursuing more and more options that leverage better internet connections (and one day the National Broadband Network!) and a growing understanding of the benefits of cloud based deployment.
In schools, classroom software, Learning Management systems, and School Administration systems are all candidates for cloud based deployment, which many schools are taking advantage of.
The most common approach however is little heard of – private cloud.
Private Cloud is where your own server infrastructure supports a user community which uses the internet for access, and where users can be in multiple locations from on the main campus, remote campus, home, school camp or excursion, or any other location with a viable internet connection.
The people behind the QUAD school administration solution are like most technology providers today in offering their solution via traditional on-site deployment, as well as both Cloud and Private Cloud options.
“Pure” cloud is offered from the QUAD secure server in Brisbane, which Australian independent schools can access for all school administration functions. Pricing is based on a subscription model meaning no up front capital costs, and usage fees are tied to the size of the student population. All a school needs is a viable internet connection – eg ADSL – and browser capabilities on its PCs.
Private Cloud is delivered by a school or group of related schools hosting their own server environment at one site, with internet access from other schools allowing access. This approach facilitates multiple campus schools as well as schools which are related entities.
Traditional server based deployment overlaps with private cloud, is still mainstream and is the most common approach in schools as well as the general community.
Many schools see on-site deployment as the most secure and manageable option, even though it requires an up front investment in server infrastructure and software license fees.
In considering which option best suits your school, many factors need to be considered as outlined above. QUAD has been developed to provide a choice in deployment options to your school.
For more information please contact Michael Saunders at QUAD on 07 3004 7333.