For schools that are considering a “move to the cloud” with their server infrastructure, here is an interesting case study from PCMedia and Marlborough Boys College of moving their on-premise servers to Azure.
There are some interesting quotes in the case study from the Deputy Principal Michael Heath, including this reflection on the costs:
Switching to the cloud has saved our school in the vicinity of $70,000 to $100,000 in the first year. After realising we had this budget spare, we decided to buy 100 new computers for students. That’s been the most obvious and immediate benefit of this change. Rather than spending money sorting out our server, we’ve spent money on devices for students
Costs and mileage are going to vary from school to school in terms of the savings of going cloud, however there is an increasing number of partners who can assist schools in making this happen. I’m aware of a couple of new schools that are going cloud-first with all infrastructure in 2017 and I will hopefully be able to share some success stories on these in the near future.
If you’re interested in exploring moves to Azure then get in touch and I can connect you to experts who can assist and also provide some possible indicative costs.