Industry Solutions: Education

Take the pressure off of aging or stressed on-premise IT infrastructure with cloud and managed IT solutions for education.

IaaS for Education

With the daily challenge of maximizing resources for every dollar spent, cloud hosting is an ideal solution for IT departments in educational institutions.

Cloud infrastructure can be used for many education applications, including:

  • Web-based classes and testing
  • Processing of research data
  • Migrating away from paper file systems
  • Increasing collaboration between instructors and students alike
  • Shared resources like software and education materials
  • Online assessments and portals
  • Digital libraries
  • MOOCs

Why Choose a Cloud for Education?

Maintain Security of Personal Information

Simplify the business of administration by putting student databases in the cloud. Protect sensitive student, teacher, and staff information with stringent security measures. Our cloud meets many compliance standards, so you know your data is safe.

Free Up Your IT Staff

Managed infrastructure is a serious time saver, and time is money. Even large institutions may often have relatively small IT departments, and these teams benefit the most from a service provider. Bundling managed services into a public, private, or hybrid IaaS deployment can be like expanding the team without increasing FTE headcount.

Easily Increase Resources

IaaS is uniquely flexible and scalable. Increase resources with a few clicks of the mouse—it's that easy. The cloud can also be used for education itself, with virtual machines for programming or testing and development environments. As more universities and colleges offer online courses, cloud hosting makes it easy for students to learn and test remotely, without significant capital expenditure or time-consuming management.

If your organization is outgrowing your current data center or other on-premise installation, consider increasing resources with IaaS, for minimal management.

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Case Study: Upgrading to New Request Fulfillment Solution

Georgian College is one of Ontario’s fastest-growing colleges, offering education to 11,000 full-time and 28,000 continuing-education students across seven campuses in central Ontario.

With such a large student population, the IT department was facing increasing challenges with the incident and change management processes. Although they had a ticketing tool in place, it was simplistic and not sophisticated enough to differentiate between incidents, service and change requests.

Green House Data worked with the College IT team to determine their needs and design and implement System Center 2012 Service Manager. Georgian College can now deliver a service request fulfillment solution that aligns their business and IT strategies and ensures that IT services provide real business value. These changes led to a better understanding of the supply and demand for services and thus a more efficient and transparent customer-service offering.

Case Study: Using Hybrid Cloud for Better Service & Reduced Costs

Royal Holloway University of London has a 135-acre campus in Surrey near London, England, with 19 academic departments teaching some 9,000 students, including 2,000 postgraduates.

The University wanted to change the way it provided IT services to users in order to deliver the same experience and choice found on consumer websites alongside some method to deliver technology that focused on end user needs.

Green House Data helped build a hybrid cloud architecture combining Hyper-V virtualization,  Microsoft System Center 2012, and Microsoft Azure workloads. Royal Holloway University of London now provides public cloud workloads so users can simply visit the self-service portal and fill out an online form instead of inundating the IT department with requests. The IT department is now able to focus on new initiatives.

Case Study: Designing Single Point of Entry

The London District Catholic School Board (LDCSB) serves 18,000 students in 45 elementary and 9 secondary schools in the counties of Middlesex, Oxford, and Elgin.

LDCSB needed a complete Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) tool to manage requests through a single point of entry and automate business practices to track requests received from the 54 schools. They also needed a way for remote field engineers to access the ITSM and track their work items.

Green House Data worked with LDCSB’s IT team to understand their needs, designing and implementing System Center 2012 Service Manager to deliver a service request fulfillment solution that aligns business and IT strategies while ensuring IT services provide real business value. A self-service, web-based analyst portal was also created to help remote field engineers fulfill their tasks.

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