School District Uses Datacenter Services to Reduce Costs, Improve Education

 

Tainan City Education Center is responsible for the technology needs of the Taiwan city’s 275 public K–9 schools. This includes Internet connection infrastructure; IT education to help students achieve high levels of technology literacy, and value-added services to assist the schools’ teachers and administrators, such as electronic administration, educational technology recommendations and self-service application development.

Each school has traditionally hosted its own server infrastructure, and the large number and geographic distribution of the schools has made it challenging and costly to provide a consistently high level of IT support.

The education center has begun migrating to a new centralized IT infrastructure based on a private cloud model developed in consultation with Microsoft Services Consulting. Microsoft is a Smart Cities Council member.

Education center officials anticipate that the new infrastructure will save the city US$344,000 per year in hardware and support costs, and it will reduce the district’s carbon emissions by 2,610 tons annually. In addition, teachers can take advantage of cutting-edge technology to improve classroom materials, and students have increased access to educational resources. 

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