From K12 and Primary Schools to Higher Education and Ed Tech Companies, Onica’ s approach to the unique requirements of the Education customer sets you and your students up for success. No matter where you are on your cloud journey – just starting or focused on a cloud first strategy, Onica has a solution to accelerate and simplify your cloud transformation.
Onica provides solutions to help promote infrastructure optimization and modernization in order for Education customers to run more efficiently, utilize analytics initiatives, and manage IT operations. Leveraging the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF), Onica will provide guidance that supports each unit in the organization so that each area understands how to update skills, adapt existing processes, and introduce new processes to take maximum advantage of the services provided by cloud computing.
Leveraging many AWS services that lower costs, scale applications, and meet the ever-changing needs of today’s Education customer, Onica can how transform the way the your organization works.
Leveraging Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to free up classrooms & lab space
Most universities are fully enrolled, meaning that classrooms and lab space are at a premium. When a lab is set up for particular course, that lab is often unavailable to other course for the duration of the lab, which might span a full semester. This constraint is caused because labs have physical workstations, which are configured only for that course.
AWS Workspaces can solve this challenge for universities and colleges by moving the workstation to a virtual desktop in the cloud. By doing this, we can make the lab reusable and ensure configuration through deploying exact known-working versions of software, meaning we spend less time troubleshooting and more time progressing on coursework. Students can log in and be assured that their workstation is exactly as they left it and other students can use the same clients, connect to different workspaces, and have their own environment exactly the way they need it. Workspaces also give students the freedom to work on their environments outside of the lab.
Enable research and learning
Ready access to all the resources required to perform research enables research teams to do their work more efficiently. When a research grant is awarded, the work can begin immediately, rather than waiting for hardware procurement. Also, these resources are only retained and managed for as long as the research is underway. For central / enterprise IT, the benefit is knowing that computing resources are being deployed according to their standards, and that this hardware is managed safely in the cloud rather than a small server in a lab somewhere.
An example of this was experienced recently at Cal Poly. A professor wanted to teach a class that involves collecting data from hardware devices. This class depended on students being able to upload data to a server and share the data with other students easily. In this case the purpose of the class was not computer science, but there was a dependency on computing resources. The professor was able to deploy individual environments for all students within a matter of minutes, knowing that the environment was identical for each of them.
Update resources with ease
A pervasive problem throughout the entire education sector is aging hardware. In our experience it’s extremely common to encounter outdated hardware that service vendors no longer support. This forces the college to make the decision to try and manage unsupported hardware themselves or repurchase new, expensive hardware. A migration to the cloud changes this scenario significantly as it’s easy to switch from one family of instance types to the next, within minutes, and often the newer instance types bring better performance for the same or less cost that the previous instance generation.