Top 3 K-12 Public Cloud Computing Use Cases

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K-12 school districts are undergoing a dramatic shift in how they leverage cloud technologies. More than 41% of school districts in the United States rate cloud applications a high-technology priority over the next three years. However, there are challenges for K-12 institutions to overcome when adopting public cloud technologies. To name a few, a lack of professional development, security concerns, and trust in available solutions are obstacles to overcome. In many ways, a K-12 school district can benefit significantly from adopting the breadth of services available in AWS.

Once IT leaders have a better understanding of how to deploy and manage a public cloud environment, the benefits of public cloud computing often outweigh the challenges. K-12 school districts benefit from streamlined district IT operations, cost-efficiencies and savings, secured student information, and analytic stacks to inform STEM insights. In this blog, we share some quick wins in AWS for K-12 school districts interested in leveraging the most robust public cloud platform in the market, Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Data Retention & Backup in AWS

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Many K-12 schools are still relying on expensive tape backups to store old data. It can take a long time to restore your system in the event of a disaster when using tape libraries. A simple solution is to use Amazon S3 or Glacier when replacing your expensive tape library. District IT leaders, school technology specialists, and administration can also backup and restore digital assets like documents, videos, and other digital assets in AWS with ease.

Amazon shared a success story on how the company leveraged Amazon S3 to replace their tape libraries. You can use AWS Storage Gateway to back your data directly from on-premise storage to AWS. When you don’t need to retrieve data quickly, you can leverage Amazon Glacier to access your data for as low as $0.01/GB per month.

Building Disaster Recovery Strategies in AWS

AWS storage and global availability zones are ideal for disaster recovery. As a K-12 school district, you can leverage the global footprint of AWS data centers to create a robust DR and Business Continuity policy for your K-12 school district. AWS becomes an on-demand data center for all of your disaster recovery needs and offers snapshot storage that you may not have with your on-premise infrastructure.

A number of services can be used in your AWS DR strategy, including Amazon S3 or Glacier for storage, Direct Connect for a dedicated connection between your on-premise infrastructure and AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).

There are three common types of DR architectures you can consider for your K-12 school district. You can create a pilot light, a warm standby in AWS, or a multi-site solution in AWS along with your on-premise environment. Read more about the various disaster recovery strategies in the AWS Whitepaper ‘Using AWS for Disaster Recovery’.  

Virtual Desktop – Amazon Workspaces

Lastly, K-12 IT leaders can also quickly implement a VDI deployment for their district or school using Amazon Workspaces. Amazon Workspaces is a completely managed desktop computing service that allows an IT administrator the ability to provision virtual desktops and provide users with access to documents, applications, and resources with a few clicks of a button. Workspaces supports a wide-variety of devices, including Windows, Mac, Chromebook, Android Tablets, and more. Your K-12 school district or school can easily implement a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy by using Workspaces. Finally, AWS Workspaces offers pre-built templates to easily provision a wide variety of applications and offers a marketplace of EdTech software to help your district scale with ease. You can also bring your own software (BYOS) and deploy on AWS Workspaces in many situations.

If you’re looking for a very easy way to get started in AWS for your K-12 institution, head over to our AWS K-12 migration solution, Relus One, to get started today. Relus One is a revolutionary new AWS migration platform that allows K-12 IT leaders, technology specialists, and teachers the ability to quickly launch templated applications in AWS in just a few clicks. What other use cases can you think of that would work well in a scalable public cloud environment?

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