As you will be aware, July 14th not only marks Bastille Day in France, but also signifies an end to support for Windows Server 2003. Many of our customers in the UK and Worldwide have used this point in time as an opportunity to review how they deliver core infrastructure services like file & print, or domain control and have opted for a simpler, more cost effective Cloud option that enables them to pay-as-they-go and removes the need to procure, configure and manage on-site hardware. Microsoft Azure is the highly scalable, secure solution that they have chosen to implement.
The benefits of moving to the Cloud are many, and we have a number of partners with a wealth of experience in education that are able to work with academic institutions in order to find the right setup for each different scenario, and deliver a bespoke solution tailored to their specific needs.
We’ve been working with some of these partners to tell that story and the following video shows how they have used the Microsoft Azure solution in education to provide schools, colleges and universities with scalable, cost effective Cloud solutions that work for them.
Each of these partners featured in the video have a wealth of experience in the education sector and have their own stories to tell.
Shaping Cloud deliver a range of software solutions, consultancy and managed services, and as long time Microsoft Education Partners, have built up a portfolio of academic solutions. You can read about how they worked with the University of Nottingham to identify savings in excess of £1m through a move to the Cloud here.
The IAM Cloud platform provides powerful and dynamic identity and access management services. Using Microsoft Azure, IAM Cloud helps to manage organisations' user information and authentication intelligently and securely. A Cloud based solution means the service works at any scale; from customers with just hundreds of users to customers with hundreds of thousands of users. Newham College benefitted from the expertise that IAM Cloud bring in the identity space and were able to deploy Office 365 by automated provisioning and single sign-on – read their success story here.
The RM Unify platform is a market leading service delivering single sign-on services for schools and a platform for providing Cloud applications. You can learn more about the RM Unify platform here.
Zynstra is a hybrid-Cloud solution provider, and through Azure, can offer schools a typical saving of 20% over three years compared to how they would traditionally run their IT infrastructure, allowing them to focus the running of the school as a learning environment. The recent whitepaper that Zynstra has published covers this story in much more detail and is a must read article for any school leader – you can get it here.