Storage systems are becoming key factors in the ability of educational institutions to effectively and efficiently use technology. Educational institutions need to develop a strategic end-to-end view of storage to ensure that storage infrastructure effectively supports teaching, learning, research and administration, as well as to improve efficiencies and cut costs of campus technology. Applying the following strategies can help you manage storage systems in the digital education environment:

 

  • Evaluate the current storage environment and provide recommendations for improvements in storage architecture and technology, as well as backup, recovery, archiving, virtualization, utilization and management processes.
  • Consider a refresh while taking a look at the latest storage technologies. Use available technologies that optimize overall IT performance and enhance utilization levels of the underlying storage infrastructure.
  • Determine the possible role of service providers to help with modernization plans. Look for storage implementation providers with expertise to streamline each step of the implementation process — from the up-front design and project planning phases to the actual installation and provisioning of resources.

 

The performance and reliability of campus technology assets depend on the success of the IT department in building and managing the storage infrastructure. Fortunately, the challenge to deliver cost-effective storage solutions gets easier with the help of technology, emerging best practices and consulting expertise designed for the digital education environment.