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Multicloud technology transforming
higher ed business practices
Nutanix Beam management software provides visibility and optimization
Q&A with Jason Graun,
Sales Engineering Manager,
Nutanix
How is cloud technology transforming higher ed business practices?
Colleges use cloud tech to provide hands-on experiences for students and
staff. I've seen it used for advanced structural engineering modeling-manipulating the structural integrity of buildings. Higher ed also uses cloud
computing to analyze healthcare data for students and researchers. The
traditional textbook is moving to a hands-on cloud experience.
What are the pros and cons of hosting multicloud environments?
An advantage is the ability to move between multiple cloud environments based on project requirements and to shorten application deployment time. Each cloud option-public, private or hybrid-has strengths
and sweet spots. Having multiple cloud options allows colleges to be
more cost-effective and operationally efficient. They can also move more
quickly from having no infrastructure to launching an application.
The biggest disadvantage is complexity. Cloud providers can have
different ways to implement features, requiring IT staff to learn multiple
platforms. Sometimes pricing gets out of control if you're focused on one
provider and not paying attention to another that is getting more expensive. Having access to multiple public clouds also makes financial leakage
more likely especially without proper governance.
How can edtech experts manage multicloud platforms internally?
Edtech experts should look for a tool to provide visibility, control and optimization for all cloud options. If you're comparing costs of workloads-
the virtual machines that are running in the cloud-this kind of tool can
ensure that you're getting the best pricing. But the tool must also be able
to determine if you would save money by moving certain applications to
a private enterprise cloud in your data center.
How does automating practices improve management in higher ed?
Having a third-party tool such as Nutanix Beam, which can move across
different clouds and understand how each works, provides operational
efficiencies while reducing complexity and increasing compliance. Beam
identifies your biggest cost savings and security compliance issues to help
you focus on the biggest positive impacts for your business practices.
Nutanix Enterprise Cloud runs on hyperconverged infrastructure that
looks and feels like the public cloud but is automated and autonomous
within the higher ed data center. It lets you model and potentially save
money by building a private cloud.

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