by Danny Climo, Vice President, Enterprise Platforms at DLT Solutions
As the Vice President of DLT’s Cloud division, I’ve seen immense change in how educational institutions are using the cloud to transform and accelerate the overall educational experience. While we’re only a couple of months into the new year, 2020 has certainly started with a bang — but where do we go from here?
Read my cloud predictions for education below.
The Need to Embrace a Comprehensive Cloud Migration Strategy
Over the past decade, we’ve seen differing approaches to cloud migrations – some quickly going all in, while others migrate in – starting with the least complex applications and workloads to get ‘quick wins’ and a sense of cloud confidence. To realize the full potential of cloud computing, however, institutions must move past migrating easier workloads to the more complex.
The issue here comes when the ‘lift and shift’ model simply does not work. Organizations wish to embrace the modernization and efficiency that comes with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, but are adverse to any negative or rippling effects of the change, including expenditure to redesign or deciding to retire well-known systems.
The solution? A comprehensive cloud migration strategy that understands financial investments, assesses compliance and contractual obligations, analyzes security risks and risk factors, and connects this with workforce change management – such as upskilling and reskilling requirements to ensure a culture of innovation is cultivated, instead of being stopped in its tracks by unwilling or uneducated workforces.
At DLT, we’re proud to work alongside many educational entities to conduct migration preparation, business planning, and mapping out an all-inclusive migration strategy to ensure institutions can fully embrace everything the AWS Cloud has to offer. You don’t stop until the job is done, and neither do we – making this a meaningful partnership to drive real change where it matters most.
Importance of Instituting VDI and AWS DaaS Solutions
The second big trend we predict will drive cloud adoption in 2020 centers around virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and AWS desktop-as-a-service solutions. Most educational institutions we talk to and serve through our various contacts are excited about the possibilities of cloud computing, especially the accessibility and cost-effectiveness it provides. Cloud computing capabilities not only reduce costs, by paying only for what you use, but also create an environment where students can access high-quality educational programs and services.
Cloud computing enables educational institutions to reimagine the traditional computer lab, by offering virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), such as Amazon WorkSpaces, that supports students who bring their own device (BYOD). With more accessible learning opportunities, we can expect more engaged students and a more successful teaching staff.
I anticipate VDI being one of the big drivers of cloud adoption in 2020, with its ability to improve capacity and management and help educational institutions modernize their lab spaces quickly, cost effectively, and securely. By using secure Amazon WorksSpaces, institutions can provide consistent applications on every virtualized desktop, while also reducing variable costs, removing capital expenditures, and achieving mission objectives. Here’s a great blog that outlines the top five desktop-as-a-service trends in higher education.
If you’re interested in how higher education is using a cloud-first approach to meet the needs of secure desktops and high-performance lab applications with AWS, watch this webinar.