George Washington University Considers Moving To The Cloud

George Washington University Considers Moving To The Cloud

George Washington University Considers Moving To The Cloud

The George Washington University Board of Trustees will vote in coming weeks on a proposal to move some data and services from overloaded on-premise servers to cloud-based servers.

According to university information officers, moving data and applications to the cloud will liberate considerable space on existing traditional servers. Currently, the university must move data between servers located at its Virginia and Foggy Bottom campuses. Shifting programs and functions to the cloud will simplify the process and could enhance end-user experience, university officials noted.

George-Washington-University

Like many institutions, George Washington University is investigating the potential of the cloud as an alternative to investing in physical servers. Applications and solutions deployed for administrative, educational, and other university purposes require considerable storage and space requirements. Migrating many of these functions to the cloud offers magnified storage capacity and increased agility without the need for expanded data centers; it also gives the university the chance to free up space currently designated for on-premise servers.

In recent weeks, George Washington University was compelled to take several non-essential functions offline because of cooling system malfunctions at the Foggy Bottom campus data center. Additional failures caused outages at the Gelman Library, the main library on the Foggy Bottom campus.

Moreover, university officials note that migrating some functions to the cloud could result in savings of approximately $1 million per year. Georgetown University recently migrated several functions to cloud servers, reducing information technology costs by about $700,000; St. Leo University in Florida saved nearly $500,000 by moving some student applications to the cloud and Duke University also reported considerable savings after deployment of cloud solutions.

In most cases, universities and university systems that have shifted functions to the cloud retain a number of on-premise servers. While many of the schools want to get optimal benefit from investments in existing infrastructure, information technology officers also express concerns about security and confidentiality. Nonetheless, they note that the cloud offers significant upside for institutions seeking cost-savings and flexibility.

By Mary Elizabeth

About Mary Elizabeth

A communications professional with more than 20 years of experience in advertising, branding, finance, and technology, Mary Elizabeth Johnson strives to identify disruptive and innovative trends in these fields. In addition to her reporting for CloudTweaks.com, Mary Elizabeth serves as a consultant for organizations in the real estate, banking, technology, and manufacturing industries.

View All Articles

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Jargon Free: The Three Real Main Benefits of Cloud IAM Solutions

Jargon Free: The Three Real Main Benefits of Cloud IAM Solutions

Main Benefits of Cloud IAM Solutions There are significant discussions concerning cloud applications and software solutions, such as identity and access management (IAM) solutions, which are used in conjunction with them. These articles often discuss complex technical reasons and benefits, which may be difficult for a non-technical person to understand. Cloud applications and cloud IAM…

5 Reasons Why Your Startup Will Grow Faster In The Cloud

5 Reasons Why Your Startup Will Grow Faster In The Cloud

Cloud Startup Fast-tracking Start-ups face many challenges, the biggest of which is usually managing growth. A start-up that does not grow is at constant risk of failure, whereas a new business that grows faster than expected may be hindered by operational constraints, such as a lack of staff, workspace and networks. It is an unfortunate…

Are Cloud Solutions Secure Enough Out-of-the-box?

Are Cloud Solutions Secure Enough Out-of-the-box?

Out-of-the-box Cloud Solutions Although people may argue that data is not safe in the Cloud because using cloud infrastructure requires trusting another party to look after mission critical data, cloud services actually are more secure than legacy systems. In fact, a recent study on the state of cloud security in the enterprise market revealed that…

Encrypting Your Cloud Data For Extra Protection

Encrypting Your Cloud Data For Extra Protection

Encrypting Your Cloud Data Encrypting data is one of the best ways of protecting your data as it moves to the cloud. The only thing better than encrypting your data, is not storing your data at all. Let’s first look at the case of using file sharing applications such as Dropbox. If you are the…

7 Common Cloud Security Missteps

7 Common Cloud Security Missteps

Cloud Security Missteps Cloud computing remains shrouded in mystery for the average American. The most common sentiment is, “It’s not secure.” Few realize how many cloud applications they access every day: Facebook, Gmail, Uber, Evernote, Venmo, and the list goes on and on… People flock to cloud services for convenient solutions to everyday tasks. They…

Three Factors for Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

Three Factors for Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy A few weeks ago I visited the global headquarters of a large multi-national company to discuss cloud strategy with the CIO. I arrived 30 minutes early and took a tour of the area where the marketing team showcased their award winning brands. I was impressed by the digital marketing strategy…

Automation of Access Management Means a Happier IT Staff

Automation of Access Management Means a Happier IT Staff

Automation of Access Management One of tasks that your IT department probably really dislikes is managing the in-house and cloud user accounts and passwords for all of the employees in the company. Though this is usually an easy task, it is extremely mundane and time consuming, especially for a company that has frequent movement of…

CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, infosec, big data and the internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

Sponsor