Education increasingly powered by cloud
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Education increasingly powered by cloud

As the cloud matures, more organizations in a variety of industries, including education, are experimenting with how these solutions can be used to improve operations. With the help of virtualization consulting, it is possible for educators to leverage the cloud to drive improvements in terms of costs and speed, while also powering a better learning experience for students.

VCE recently announced that Apollo Group, one of the largest private education providers worldwide, has selected a Vblock Systems-based infrastructure to meet its needs for a simple, budget-friendly solution to support its educational offerings. VCE noted that its technologies will be used to support a number of enterprise applications, as well as more than 9,000 virtual machines.

"Our Vblock Systems will enable Apollo Group to consolidate its data centers, transform operations and bring new cloud-based educational experiences to market more quickly," said Frank Hauck, president of VCE. "We are thrilled to join forces with Apollo Group to help address the technology skills gap in the U.S. and throughout the world."

This partnership is part of a more expansive plan to pair educators and IT services providers to help close the IT skills gap, VCE noted. Together, the two firms intend to offer innovative skills training courses.

However, VCE isn't the only IT leader helping make education more accessible. CloudPro pointed out that Microsoft Azure and Janet, a  U.K. research and education network, are pairing up to provide more than 18 million staff members, researchers and students with cloud-based resources that are faster and more secure. Paul Watson, professor of computing science at Newcastle University, reportedly explained that through a private connection, the two companies will do away with the need for information to be transferred using public Internet, meaning that large data sets will be able to move more rapidly.

Aside from the safety benefits of using the private cloud, this partnership will also mean U.K. education institutions will have access to Office 365, which offers robust security features.