Cloud computing is taking K12 by storm with fully 90 percent of K12 institutions relying on or implementing cloud technology in 2012, according to the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). District CIOs are under increased pressure to cut costs and keep up with the latest technological trends, and implementing the cloud is an easy fix.
According to a recent report released by Lenovo and Intel, What IT Leaders in K12 Need to Know about Cloud Computing, cloud technology can save districts up to 25 percent on IT costs within the next five years by outsourcing network maintenance and allowing schools to access low-cost or free educational software.
Like any new technology, however, the move toward the cloud carries risks, especially when it comes to privacy and security. “Whether you are a school district, Coca Cola, or the Department of Defense, you have to assess how cloud computing affects the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your data,” says Taiye Lambo, founder of CloudeAssurance, a private cloud security consultancy.