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VG Tuesday Tips: 4 Ways Educational Institutions Can Benefit from Cloud Services

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Since the cloud emerged on the scene as a revolutionary concept in the mid-1990s, the way businesses store, sort, and protect their data has completely changed. The cloud is a time- and money-saver and almost always a safe bet.

According to Domo, we, as a society, create over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day. That’s an unfathomable amount of data, much of which needs to be sorted and stored correctly to be of use to organizations. From research to student files to resources, one industry that produces hordes of data every second is the education sector. As such, the cloud can do wonders for educational institutions to ensure this data is used to its full potential and kept secure from hackers and natural disasters.

Here are four ways cloud services can help any educational institution do better when it comes to managing its data:

  1. Aid Simple Collaboration between Students, Professors, and Researchers
  2. When information is stored in the cloud, anyone given permission can easily access it. Imagine how handy that could be for an educational institution. If teachers or professors want to share documents, files, or lesson plans with students, all they need to do is upload them to the cloud. Students can then access them with their login credentials. Plus, sharing research documents between departments is a breeze. There’s no need to keep paper files in cabinets under lock and key. Everything becomes automated, and departments can set their accessibility permissions as well.

  3. Save Money on Data Storage
  4. In a world where immediate access to vast amounts of data is crucial, being able to store the most data at the least expense possible is also crucial. It rings especially true for organizations in the education sector. Cloud technology is immediately and infinitely scalable, meaning you can add more space as you need it. Subscription services offer inexpensive and straightforward payment that generally includes maintenance and support fees to ensure your stored data is always accessible and up and running.

  5. Offer Modernized Education to Help with Recruiting
  6. Attracting new students goes beyond offering great lectures, a challenging academic environment, and a beautiful campus. An academic institution’s ability to showcase that it’s modern, well-equipped, and technologically advanced can significantly differentiate one institution from another, making it more desirable to potential students. Beyond that, deeply integrated cloud technology allows students to study and access papers on the device of their choice, no matter where they are. Professors can also download apps and share them with students in their lectures. Deep integration of technology helps streamline the educational process and offers new ways of learning.

  7. Enjoy Simple and Reliable Data Backup and Recovery
  8. Student records, valuable research, and a wealth of other information simply cannot go missing. As an IT administrator at an educational institution, adding cloud storage to your disaster recovery strategy lets you enjoy the peace of mind that your data—and that of all faculties and students—is always available. Even if a cyberattack hits your systems or a natural disaster temporarily shuts down IT, data is secure, accessible and quickly restored. Backing up to the cloud means all students, faculty, and staff are always able to access the information no matter where they are or what device they’re using.

    StorageCraft protects on-premises business systems and data in a cloud purpose-built for disaster recovery. Thanks to this disaster recovery cloud, our clients can have total confidence in their data recovery strategies.