DfE makes cloud recommendation

07 May 2019

Education providers in England have been encouraged to consider moving their IT estate into the cloud by the Department for Education (DfE).

The recommendation came in the form of a new strategy paper for education technology.“We recommend that all education providers actively consider and evaluate the benefits of moving to a cloud-based approach for their IT system (moving away from relying solely on ‘on-site’ servers),” the department said. “Cloud-based systems are usually more secure, cheaper to run and enable more flexible working.”

In addition to the new strategy, the government also published new guidance to schools, colleges, universities and other education providers migrate to the cloud and address other challenges in implementing new technology. It also highlighted the existing “G-Cloud” framework as a mechanism through which education providers can procure cloud-based solutions.