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What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Moving to the Cloud? How Comfortable Are You with Third Parties Hosting Student Data and Communication?

Magazine article Technology & Learning

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Moving to the Cloud? How Comfortable Are You with Third Parties Hosting Student Data and Communication?

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"We've saved money and been able to abandon both hardware and software with the shift to cloud-based solutions, and we've been very pleased overall with how it's performed, particularly our association with Google. They increased performance and storage for their education suite consistently over the past six years and made substantive improvements based on our feedback, which is rare for a product that is free. We don't always get that quality of service from the vendors we pay."

--KEN WALLACE, SUPERINTENDENT, MAINE TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 207, IL

"Moving to the cloud has some great advantages, such as shifting large one-time capital expenditures to operational expenditures, which are smaller and recurring. It can also be very easy and quick to deploy, compared to many traditional server and application deployments. On the downside, there are plenty of examples of lack of access to data and no integration with on-premise system or authentication services. …

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