“There isn’t a singular reason districts should consider a move to the cloud. Rather, there are a host of them. Districts should be considering a move to the cloud because:
- It makes technology more flexible, in both capacity and dollars, to rapidly changing demands for services.
- It engages technology staff in a conversation about the true total cost of running technology on site, including buying hardware, cooling and powering equipment, and staff time for setup and repair. It then shifts the traditional IT budgeting model to a utility model where you pay only for what you use and, more importantly, you don’t pay for what you don’t use (like electrical power).
- It frees time for technology staff to better support applications and their users.
- It delivers an easy opportunity for technology departments to deliver resilient services that are nationally or even globally dispersed.
- It removes some liability for information security.
- It’s the future of IT.”
—Stuart Long, CIO, Clackamas Educaton Service District