Some schools hit hard by disaster seek safety in the cloud
- The inclusion of cloud solutions in disaster-preparedness solutions is gaining popularity with small businesses and educational institutions due to ease of deployment and cost-effectiveness.
- Risk aversion is also a factor for schools like Tulane University and Texas A&M University, whose communication infrastructures were disrupted in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina.
- Remote disaster-recovery sites are still the go-to for many institutions, though the process to set up these sites is more "expensive and time-consuming," according to Tulane's assistant vice president for IT infrastructure, Leo Tran.
From the article:
For schools looking to minimize risk, cloud solutions offer a cost-effective way to achieve a range of disaster-readiness goals. Tulane University in New Orleans knows all about disaster. Devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and then pummeled by Hurricane Gustav in 2008, the school has experienced firsthand what it's like to lose valuable resources, data, and time. And it's determined never to let it happen again. That's why the school recently decided to move its entire IT file share site to Internet2 NET+Box, a cloud-based storage and collaboration service provided through a partnership between Internet2 and Box. ...
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