Microsoft Cloud – Why, What and How

WHY MOVE TO THE CLOUD

The move to the cloud from on site school based servers is best suited to one of two school types Firstly those whose server needs replacing, and secondly those who already use many applications in the cloud, such as:- SMS, LMS, Finance, Library. The cost advantage is also worth considering as the need for a server onsite is removed or reduced.

WHY THE PUSH TO CLOUD SERVERS NOW

Over the past few years we have all been party to the MoE working with schools to deliver fast reliable school networks (SNUP), fast reliable WiFi networks (WSNUP) and fast reliable internet (N4L). These three foundation stones allow schools to look at services within school that could be moved offsite, using a model that does not let quality suffer, is a cost neutral or better still lower cost. Over the past all of the users defined to the system] it is this that can be moved to the Cloud and the MoE and Microsoft have jointly funded as part of the school MS deal. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES The benefits of moving the server to Azure are very simple, the cost of an onsite server can often be very expensive, also it failing can also be a costly exercise. Central management for your ICT provider is also an advantage, as is aligning your school with the trend to more cloud based

WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES

The disadvantages of moving are too complex to list but they currently include the following:-
Lack of control, this is more of a time delay than a major issue. Loss of connection to Sydney, we haven’t experienced it yet.

What is Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a collection of various cloud computing services, including remotely hosted and managed versions of proprietary Microsoft technologies, and open technologies, such as various Linux distributions deployable inside a virtual machine.

Why does Microsoft Azure matter?

Azure lacks upfront costs or an appreciable time delay in resource provisioning—capacity is available on demand. With a usage-based billing formula, Azure is a compelling option for enterprises transitioning from on-premise Windows servers to the cloud.

Who does Microsoft Azure affect?

Azure can be utilized at any scale, from a garage startup to a Fortune 500 company. Because of the ease of transition, organizations with an existing Windows Server deployment may find Azure to be best suited to their needs.

When was Microsoft Azure released?

Azure reached general availability in February 2010, with additional services and regional data centers being added continually since launch.

How do I get Microsoft Azure?

New users receive a $200 service credit good for 30 days when signing up for Microsoft Azure; the credit can be applied toward any Microsoft-provided service. Additional discounts and credits are available for startups, nonprofits, and universities.