UC3 News — 09 October 2012

By eGov Innovation editors 03-Oct-2012

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has consolidated and migrated its data from the state’s school districts to the North Carolina Education Cloud (NCEdCloud), expecting a saving of US$10,000-US$14,000 a year.

Under the current system, each local education agency (LEA) currently owns and maintains a server and spend an average of US$25,000 annually for hardware and operation system licensing.

 

Consolidation is expected to save LEAs US$10,000-$15,000 a year, funds that can be spent on other LEA programs. In total, the state also expects to save an estimated US$1,000,000 annually on support services.

“Local education authorities should save significant money by eliminating costs associated with physical ownership of these devices,” said Phil Emer, director of technology planning and policy at North Carolina State University’s Friday Institute. “While LEAs will control business operations performed by these servers, the hardware and the data will be in a safer environment.”

 

Server consolidation plan

As hosting service provider for the NCEdCloud, SAS will house servers used by LEAs for critical business functions.

The server consolidation plan, developed by NCDPI and the Friday Institute, allows each LEA to decommission its existing hardware and obtain that functionality from SAS. This cloud-hosted infrastructure will include data center locations that reduce costs while providing a more reliable, stable and secure platform. SAS will place the servers in a high-security data center facility equipped with power backup and redundant network connections.

Using a portion of the state’s US$500 million Race to the Top federal funding, the NCEdCloud will facilitate the migration from LEA-hosted server infrastructure to cloud-hosted infrastructure as a service.

“With numerous government and banking customers, we are accustomed to handling sensitive data safely and securely,” said Armistead Sapp, senior vice president, SAS, in a media statement. “This consolidation is a critical step toward modernizing the state’s education technology infrastructure.”

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