To The Cloud

EdTech Digest

When transitioning to the cloud, don’t neglect data backup and recovery.

GUEST COLUMN | by Chris Gleeson

CREDIT U MarylandLike many academic institutions, the University of Maryland has been moving its operations to the cloud at a feverish pace. From small rural high schools to major universities, the benefits of the cloud are immense. At its foundation, the cloud empowers better collaboration across departments and between faculty and students while lowering overall IT costs. But there is one critical aspect of moving to the cloud that can be easily overlooked – instilling the proper data backup and restore solution. And this oversight can be catastrophic.

Backing up (no pun intended) for a minute, I want to share some thoughts about how my department at the University of Maryland, the Robert H. Smith School of Business, transitioned to the cloud recently, beginning with our adoption of Google Apps. The decision to do so…

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