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The U.S. Department of Education is using Cloud Computing Software

What has motivated the US Department of Education (DoE),  to use cloud computing software?

The DoE has begun storing confidential and sensitive education documents via the “cloud” for several reasons.  There is mounting pressure to keep private student data private.  Financially, it also makes sense. While cloud-based services are not required of each institution within each state, any district implementing such a system would save time, money and other resources.  Since truly personal information is housed at the institutional level, secure cloud computing services would guarantee the safety of that information, as well as its accuracy for future funding plans.

Cloud computing in the education sector is rapidly growing

Cloud computing is expected to grow to $25.36 billion by 2021.  A few benefits to districts and educators, as well as students,  are listed below:

  • The cloud eliminates the high expense of textbooks
    • Often these textbooks are outdated so eliminating this is beneficial.
  • With a cloud-based model, schools don’t have the expenses associated with server room maintenance
    • Shortage of rooms in schools is a common issue so not having to maintain servers, along with not needing the space allocated to them, it’s a great benefit.
  • The cloud offers seamless integration between schools and districts so personnel no longer needs a specific medium in which to collaborate or communicate with others.
    • Also, the ability to communicate through personal devices safely allows for the flexibility of collaboration.

In summary, rather than relying on paper files and other risky record-keeping methods, more school districts are turning to cloud computing services to maximize every educational dollar.  As data hackers are getting smarter and craftier, we have to stay alert and be proactive.   There is no such thing as being too careful.


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