Myth: Cloud computing is too expensive for small school districts

Fact: Cloud computing can actually save you money

We recently had the opportunity to showcase our Desktop-as-a -Service solution to several hundred school technology coordinators from Indiana. By and large, when we asked if their school district was pursuing virtualization, the top concern about cloud computing was the cost.

“With technology comes big costs,” seems to be the general perception. We understand that, for many schools, their experience with IT involves the time- and budget-consuming challenge of annual hardware refreshes and software upgrades, as well as intense staff and resource utilization. And most school districts may only have a couple of IT resources to handle day-to-day maintenance and troubleshooting of hundreds of devices, not to mention the annual refresh cycle.

Many large school districts have the budget and have been successful in building out their own internal “data center” with virtualized servers and possibly even a Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). But when you look at the majority of school districts in the United States, most would never be able to afford that type of in-house infrastructure or the resources to implement it.

Virtualization and DaaS Solutions Can Save Time and Money

Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) and server virtualization in the cloud can help smaller school districts deliver a higher level of service at an affordable price. Here are four key things to consider about the benefits of cloud computing:

  • Extend the Life of Existing Hardware: With DaaS, all existing desktops can be re-purposed as thin client connection devices to a new DaaS platform. This extends the life of original desktops. When those machines begin to fail, the replacement is a true thin client which is less expensive than a standard desktop.
  • Create a Culture of “No Surprises”: With Virtualization and DaaS, you pay a predictable amount per month through a Cloud Service Agreement that also contains provisions for future additions of students, faculty and devices. This avoids requests to the Board for funding emergency IT purchases.
  • Proactively Meet Demands of 1:1 Learning: Virtualization is a proactive approach to meeting demand and minimizing additional burden on IT staff and resources. Not only does virtualization enable you to budget predictably, it also means you can provision new machines in a matter of minutes from a library of existing templates.
  • No Upfront Capital Investment: With the Daas Solution from Polleo Systems, there’s no large upfront investment in IT infrastructure.