If your school is considering new education technology, you’ll no doubt come across the term “cloud hosted”.

Cloud hosting has transformed how businesses and schools operate by offering systems and applications with more flexibility, security and room for growth. Many schools are now discovering the benefits of cloud-hosted EdTech from providers, including Education Horizons.

So what exactly is cloud hosting for education technology? And what are the benefits of cloud hosting over traditional hosting for EdTech?

Let’s dive in.


What is Cloud Hosting? 

Cloud hosting is where a remote server is used for storing, managing and processing data over the internet rather than a local server.  

The cloud makes data, software and applications accessible online anytime, anywhere and from any device.  

This means the server in your school is no longer the central hub for education technology. Instead, you can access edtech solutions on demand from remote servers hosted by cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).   

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What are the advantages of cloud hosting for EdTech? 

Let’s explore some of the benefits of cloud hosting over traditional hosting for school information systems: 

Higher security 

As a school leader, you might be concerned about a cloud service provider storing your data. But cloud hosting is, in fact, one of the most secure ways to store data.  

Cloud providers provide an established infrastructure with multiple layer security across data, network, application and physical security to protect your data from malicious actors and threats.  

For example, Zunia is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS), a global leader in cloud infrastructure security, which means schools benefit from the highest security level. 

Cloud-based EdTech scales with you  

One of the top advantages of cloud hosting for EdTech is that it can be easily scaled to meet the demands of your school.  

Scaling on a hosted solution means it is designed to manage a variable load without crashing. For example, when high volumes of users log on at the same time to book parent-teacher meetings or to register students for multiple classes, the solution can meet the demand.  

More cost-effective 

Cloud hosting for EdTech makes it a smart solution for schools of all sizes. With cloud hosting, you have less capital expenditure on infrastructure.  

Moreover, you only need to pay for the services and resources that you are actually using and can scale costs depending on usage. 

Your school can also save on IT costs and reduce the workload for your IT team if you have one. Since hardware and servers are your vendor’s responsibility, there is no need to maintain infrastructure in-house.  

In a traditional on-premise hosted model, however, you need to invest in infrastructure, updates, and a fixed amount for services regardless of whether you use them. 

Higher productivity for teachers and admin staff 

Cloud-hosted EdTech provides more flexibility and ease for teachers and admin staff. With cloud hosting, teachers can access the system on the go including taking attendance with a mobile device such as phones or iPads, and creating incident reports in real time. In addition, system updates are delivered instantly for all users, which means they are always working with the most up-to-date information. 

For example, with fully-managed cloud hosting, Zunia gives your team access to the information they need wherever, whenever. Users can easily create, access, share and update essential school information.  

You can also control the level of access for users, which not only improves security but also simplifies the experience for users by letting them access only the features they need. 

Increased reliability and performance 

Cloud hosting takes advantage of many servers spread across the cloud network, which means it delivers excellent reliability and uptime. 

If one server on the network fails, the whole system won’t go down. Instead, another server from the cluster can fill in to keep everything running smoothly.  

Backup and disaster recovery 

In the event of a disaster, school data is safely and securely stored off-site, automatically backed up, and can be restored quickly if there are any issues.  

For example, our property data platform AssetWhere helps schools visualise, map, plan and manage their property and asset risks. Because AssetWhere is cloud-based, when things go wrong, schools can still access the information they need to manage property, assets and facilities challenges in real-time.  

Real-world example of cloud-hosted EdTech  

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One of the primary challenges Hensman Street Elementary School (Perth, WA) faced was an outdated and inefficient data management system.  

As a small school without an IT department and on-site servers, Hensman Street Elementary specifically sought a cloud-based EdTech solution that would address its data management challenges effectively. 

Our team helped them select Zunia, the next-generation student information system. Hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS), the system offers one platform for all their data as well as the flexibility and ease of use the school was looking for. 

By choosing a cloud-native student information system, Hensman Street Elementary are now benefiting from: 

  • The ability to access their data in real-time from anywhere, anytime, on any device. 
  • The highest security standards that AWS hosting provides. 
  • Updates in real-time so teachers, students and parents can stay up to date with the latest information. 
  • Modern microservices architecture that makes growing with Zunia quick and easy. 
  • Scalability to accommodate changes in user activity or the growth of its user base. 
  • Regular cloud backups to ensure quick restoration of the system in case of disaster, with users experiencing minimal disruption and preventing data loss

Set your school up for success

Education Horizons has delivered learning, school administration and property/asset management software to support over 2000 schools globally for over 40 years.

Optimise your entire school with premium EdTech solutions. Talk to our experts about how we can help you implement it. Call +61 1800 498 642 or +44 1935 403 020 or contact us via the form below.