Cloud Strategy for Higher Education: Building a Common Solution


Higher education IT is in the midst of an exciting transformation. The economies of scale, resiliency, flexibility, and agility provided by cloud computing are rendering the construction and maintenance of on-premises data centers obsolete. We believe that over the next decade, the availability and advantage of new technology models will result in a substantial decrease in the use of on-premises data centers. In this document, we outline a “cloud first” strategy for higher education IT that moves from a traditional data center model to one centered on the public cloud and cloud-based services.

Citation for this Work: Cloud Strategy for Higher Education: Building a Common Solution. Research bulletin. Louisville, CO: ECAR, November 5, 2014. Available from

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