As we move ever closer to July 14th when support for Windows Server 2003 will end, many colleges and universities are looking at this as an opportunity to move towards the cloud for their hosting and workload needs. We have a number of partners who are able to help academic institutions move to the cloud, including SharePointEduTech, who are running a series of webinars for Further and Higher Education.
The following blog comes from SharePointEduTech, and further explores some of the factors and objectives that colleges and universities should consider when migrating to the cloud, as well as providing details about their upcoming webinar series.
Have You Considered The Cloud?
There has never been a better time for UK Colleges and Universities to consider moving their workload to the cloud. In a few short weeks Microsoft Support for Windows Server 2003 will end and many organisations are looking at ways to migrate that load.
Moving to the cloud can often be a challenge for many organisations, overcoming obstacles from financial, ethical or an institutional reluctance to trust the cloud. How many IT Leaders and network support staff still say that they “like to see their server workload buzzing away”?
The role of the IT Leader in FE and HE has never been more important. As budgets tighten and workloads increase it can often be a balancing act to find the best solution to meet the needs of the users and stay within budget. The concept of transferring that cost to a subscription model rather than capital expenditure is a great way to effect savings whilst responding efficiently to the needs of your customers.
The first step for many is a migration to Office 365 in order to lever the benefits of world class email and communication technologies such as Exchange online or Skype for Business. There are so many more opportunities in the cloud ‘beyond the mailbox’ and it is the role of Microsoft Partners to help customers see the wide range of opportunities available.
SharePointEduTech has been a Microsoft Partner for several years working in the education space delivering some great communication and collaboration solutions. As a Gold Cloud Platform Partner we are strategically aligned to help customers explore the cloud and see the potential benefits.
Whether it’s a simple migration to Office 365, or an infrastructure move to Microsoft Azure (IaaS), or even a University research facility looking to make use of big data compute space, there are options in the cloud that make compelling reasons to make the move.
If you are interested in finding out more, SharePointEduTech are offering a series of Cloud Webinars in June that are designed to help IT Leaders in FE and HE see just what is available to them and how they can safely and efficiently make the move to the cloud.
Webinar 1 – Ten Reasons You Should Care About the Cloud, seeks to unpack the concept of cloud, explain why it is so important and provide you with the tools to make the case for considering cloud as the right option.
This webinar is followed by two strands:
Webinar 2 a) – Flexible Solutions for Adding Value to SharePoint and Office 365 is for IT Leaders who already have Office 365 and want to look at ways to add value beyond the mailbox. Maybe you have SharePoint Server on Premises and want to offer cloud services like One Drive for Business. Perhaps you are looking for ideas on how to increase user adoption. This webinar is for you.
Webinar 2 b) – Microsoft Azure – Options for Education will focus on the wider options available to Higher and Further Education in the Microsoft Azure platform. Many will hear ‘Azure’ and think ‘virtual machines’. This webinar is designed to help you consider the bigger picture, think about your big data requirements and how a cloud solution could help you deliver that requirement.
To register for these webinars, simply click the links above or go to www.sharepointedutech.com/elastic