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By Suresh Shanmugam, Product Marketing at Vembu Technologies
August 02, 2013

Vembu Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Cloud Computing for Educational Institutions

Reduce physical burdens that your students carry to school! Ask your students to leave their backpacks, books and even their laptop at home. Their mobile phone, tablet, Smartphone or their iPad can contain all the information they need for school.

From an administrative perspective, all you need to do is subscribe to a Cloud backup service and relax. You do not have to invest in fresh hardware or software or obtain innumerable licenses. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) can be used to build up the required IT infrastructure for the organization. The Cloud service will take care of all needs of the school and even allow the school to scale up hardware requirements on demand. Existing hardware can be linked up to the Cloud backup account and a small revenue outlay can be carved out of your expense budget to meet the cost of using the Cloud backup services. Any software requirements can be met with Software as a service (SaaS) subscription. If specialized software needs to be developed, the organization can pay for an account with any Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider. IT Administrators appointed by the school need not worry about data backup or data availability as these requirements are abstracted to the Cloud service provider and serviced by them as part of their contract with the school.

Students working with the Cloud backup account of the school will find that the Cloud is a great enabler. Textbooks can be left behind at home as the electronic versions of the book can be made available to the student. Homework saved online can be electronically submitted from home or even from a coffee shop. Students can share data instantly and collaborate with their peers.  Files and folders can be synchronized and different versions of a file created by students can be saved to the backup server for future reference. Updates to files, folders, lesson plans and schedules can be instantly made available to all students and teachers.

Teachers will love Cloud computing and Cloud backup databases. Student progress can be automatically monitored, reported and tracked by teachers in an environmentally friendly way from school or home.  Lessons, videos, presentations and other teaching aids can be streamed from the Cloud server to an iPad or tablet PC in the classroom and projected to a screen using overhead projectors. Students can be directed to view a particular presentation or video in preparation for an online or offline discussion.

The number of schools that are signing up for the Cloud is a testimonial to the versatility of the Cloud and its ability to meaningfully contribute to their needs!

About the Author: Suresh Shanmugam, Product Marketing at Vembu Technologies, a leader in providing cost effective, hybrid (on-premise and cloud) data protection and business focused online backup and disaster recovery solutions for ISPs, MSPs, VARs, Managed Hosting Providers and Educational Institutions. Vembu’s flagship product, StoreGrid, recently announced an advanced upgrade – “StoreGrid SP – 4.4“ releases.

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