Cloud Computing is the on-demand delivery of IT resources over the Internet, and replacing the traditional methods of buying, owning, and maintaining the physical data centers and servers, with the help of Cloud computing, you don’t have to buy and can rent the resources over the Internet whenever in need and pay only for that.
Today, the Organization of every type, size and industry are using the cloud for different ranges of fields such as data backup, disaster recovery, email, virtual desktops, software development, and testing, big data analytics, and customer-facing web applications.
The education industry is transforming its fields, from student email to online distance learning platforms and student information systems. With cloud computing in education, the sector has shown an increase of $8.13 billion in 2016, it is expected to grow to $25.36 billion by 2021, at a remarkable compound annual growth rate of just over 25%.
Talking about the government side, it faces the problem like lack of infrastructure and if available, then the maintenance of that infrastructure and other issue is Procuring and maintaining a distinct range of hardware & software require ample, ongoing investment and the skills to support them.
Why store in the cloud?
- 76% of the educational institutes have decreased the cost of the applications by moving to the cloud.
- 35% of the institutes have uploaded at least 1Tb of data to the cloud.
- If stats are to be believed 43% of the higher education institutes have opted for cloud or planning for cloud computing solutions.
Use cases of cloud computing used in Education:
No more expensive textbooks:
University-level textbooks are expensive to buy and as the prices of papers are surging, the cost of textbooks is upsurging than tuition fees. As a result, many students can’t afford to buy them. Cloud-based textbooks are solving these problems by introducing digital content less expensive. Currently, higher education institutions across the United States are providing an e-textbooks program involving 50 publishers and close to 30,000 textbooks.
Update in Real-time:
The problem with Hard Copies of textbooks is that their content gets mediocre every year, and the content of hardcopy are difficult to update and altered, and that same textbook last longer for 7 to 8 years, For example, The average social studies book in elementary and junior high schools is seven to eleven years old, which means that the world maps in these books are no longer correct. So cloud computing solves this problem because it’s easy to update the digital content in real-time so that students always have access to the most current learning resources.
No expensive Software required:
One of the biggest benefits of cloud computing technology is the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. Saas has lessened the burden of the schools in the administrative work, facilitate sharing of files, flexible payments, with this technology education sectors can manage all the activities like fees, transport, admission, attendance, easily and full of security.
Advantages of Cloud Computing Technology in Education:
The Cloud-based system cuts off the on-premise data storage cost eliminating the expenses associated with a server room, electricity, and maintenance. Also, Cloud computing bridges the gap between educational needs and technological innovations reducing infrastructure costs. Students can download the Cloud-computing softwares and get live updates of their curriculum.
Cloud Application on Internet Browsers allows easy access to educational tutorials anywhere, anytime irrespective of system. The cloud applications can be downloaded on digital services such as tablets, smartphones and the digital content can be accessed from anywhere and at any time.
The cloud computing applications are secured and authenticated because the education content, information, pictures can be accessed only after verifying the user. Cloud computing normally requests for verification Id and password protecting the administrative and learning data. Every student and professor is provided the unique identification credentials without which access to the portal is not possible.
Example of Cloud Computing Technology in Education:
AWS Account Manager:
Amazon's AWS Cloud computing technology has innovated the Education applications to mitigate the problems like AWS Account Manager helps on-premises application by migrating them to the cloud.
Amazon Appstream 2.0:
Amazon Appstream 2.0 is a streaming service that centrally manages desktops and applications. You can easily scale to any number of users without acquiring, provisioning, and operating hardware or infrastructure.
To support the remote work scenarios and support personal cloud desktops, Amazon Workspaces is managed, secure Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution. You can use Amazon WorkSpaces to provision either Windows or Linux desktops in just a few minutes and quickly scale to provide thousands of desktops to users, anywhere.