School Tests for the Cloud

In this blog, we’ve been talking lately about how more and more schools are optimizing the learning environment by adding cloud services such as email applications and online course management tools. Schools are saving lots of money by lowering IT costs, scaling back IT departments or freeing them up to do more important, more strategic work.

At the same time, many are realizing that now that they’ve made their lives simpler with cloud-based services and platforms, they’ve got even more of a special obligation to deliver quality web learning experiences — uninterrupted and securely to students and professors. Virtualization and cloud technology demands that schools:

  1. Optimize user experience with improved service delivery;
  2. Simplify management of campus, multi-location and remote learning environments;
  3. Predict and prevent performance and service issues before users are affected via notifications that come in a multitude of options;
  4. Deliver consistent, reliable service throughout the campus;
  5. Detect potential service delivery threats and risks not seen by traditional monitoring solutions;
  6. Achieve peak operating efficiencies for networks, applications and services;
  7. Lower the total cost of ownership and improve the productivity of IT staff.

Read back to #3 for a minute. When monitoring website performance, transactions and cloud providers, you can’t beat 100% cloud-based monitoring solutions, like Monitis, not only because they work even if your servers are down, but because they can detect slowdowns and other issues and notify you before they reach the crisis stage — giving you time to add capacity to servers or take other preventive measures.

When you’ve got the right tool in place to monitor performance, track issues and then receive good information that helps you prevent disasters, you can pretty much guarantee better service to students and faculty and save money, too.