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Unlocking the Benefits of Cloud Migration in Higher Education

Cloud migration modernizes an organization’s data, applications, and infrastructure from on-premises systems to the cloud. The initial process can be complex and time-consuming. Still, it can bring significant long-term benefits to universities and other educational institutions that allow them to focus on their core aims of providing quality education. One of the main benefits of cloud migration for universities is cost savings. On-premises systems require expensive investments in hardware, software licenses, and expensive skillsets to support the many diverse environments, as well as ongoing patching, maintenance, and support costs. In contrast, cloud-based solutions are typically subscription-based, which means that universities can pay for only the resources they use rather than upfront costs for hardware and software. This can result in significant cost savings for universities, especially those with large and complex IT systems.

Another benefit of cloud migration for universities is increased flexibility and scalability. The majority of CAG (Columbia Advisory Group) higher education customers only need their full compute performance a few weeks a year while the rest of the year their hardware runs at less than 20% of its capability. Cloud-based solutions can be easily scaled up or down on demand to meet these changing needs, which can be particularly useful for universities that only experience performance fluctuations during enrollment. Additionally, cloud-based solutions can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, which is beneficial for students, faculty, and staff to access University resources and collaborate remotely. The Covid pandemic magnified the significance of educational institutions needing to support this capability.

Cloud migration can also improve the security and reliability of IT systems for universities. Cloud providers have robust security measures in place, such as multi-factor authentication and data encryption, which can help to protect against cyber threats and data breaches. In addition, cloud-based systems can be more reliable than on-premises systems, as they are typically backed by the redundant infrastructure and 24/7 support and can also scale to full parity, dependent on the criticality of the replicated system.

Finally, cloud migration can enable universities to take advantage of the latest technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. These technologies can improve a range of educational and research activities, from grading assignments and analyzing student data to conducting research and developing modern technologies.

In conclusion, cloud migration is an important consideration for universities looking to improve the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and flexibility of their IT systems. By moving to the cloud, universities can realize significant benefits, including cost savings, increased scalability, improved security and reliability, and access to the latest technologies.  With tailored support from Columbia Advisory’s cloud experts, universities can ensure that their transition is smooth and secure. By leveraging the latest cloud technology, universities can equip themselves for a digital future and unlock all the benefits that come with it.

Ernest Bricker

Ernest Bricker

Director of Infrastructure Practice, Columbia Advisory Group

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