University transitions from on-site to cloud backup

University transitions from on-site to cloud backup

May 3

Cloud computing may have gained its fame as a viable technology throughout the corporate sector, but even universities and colleges are finding out that the solution offers a number of attractive advantages. In terms of disaster recovery, there is perhaps no option better than cloud backup, which keeps important data and applications safe and accessible during disruptions.

TechTarget recently reported that Maryville University in Missouri adopted the cloud for its disaster recovery operations. The university, which has roughly 3,800 students, used to rely on an off-site data backup, but this required significant maintenance and manpower to manage.

“We were going to use that as our off-site backup location. … The equipment we took down there was old equipment. We tried to patch and bandage it all together, and it didn’t really work the way we wanted it to work, and it wasn’t as reliable as we wanted it to be, and it took a lot of our time to manage it, quite frankly,” said David Brawner, Maryville University’s network services manager, TechTarget reported.

One of the reasons why so many organizations are embracing the cloud is the technology’s affordability. On-site IT infrastructure often requires an upfront capital investment, even if the solutions are never used to their full capacity. The cloud, however, allows computing power to be added or subtracted to meet current demands, making it possible for organizations to pay as they go, keeping costs in check.

According to Brawner, Maryville University would likely have had to pay between $125,000 and $175,000 for other data backup solutions, with maintenance and other costs coming into play on an annual basis. This prompted the university to seek options like the cloud, TechTarget reported.

Universities and colleges nationwide that have tens of thousands of students, faculty and other employees can benefit greatly from the use of cloud computing. Given the urgency of student work, it is imperative to maintain access to educational resources at all times. The cloud allows people to use their PCs, tablets or even smartphones to achieve just that.

If more higher education institutions begin embracing the possibilities of cloud computing, the technology will likely make an even greater impact that it already has, further solidifying a society that is not bound by technological limitations.

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