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Cloud Computing Expected to Grow by 25.4% in Higher Ed
New market research suggests that the rapid growth of cloud computing that's been seen in other sectors is finally coming to higher ed. 

According to a new report from Absolute Market Insights, cloud computing in higher education is expected to grow at a rate of 25.4% by 2027.

Below, we'll cover what's driving the growth, how cloud computing is being used in higher ed right now and the future of the cloud in academia.

The Growth of Cloud Computing in Higher Ed

Right now, cloud computing and cloud-based solutions in higher ed are primarily being used in many of the same ways as in other industries - like moving storage to the cloud or adopting cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) alternatives to on-drive software, like Office 365's cloud email service.

These solutions provide a variety of advantages for school faculty. For example, administrators can have constant remote access to their school's network and data, as well as any cloud-based service that their institution has access to, so long as they have a device that can connect to the internet.

Cloud-based data storage can also help administrators centralize and consolidate record storage systems, which can make it easier to ensure that faculty and staff are always accessing the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Other reasons for the new growth of cloud computing include online or remote learning services and internet of things (or IoT) devices.

Remote learning services accompanied by communication technology allows higher ed institutions to reach more students and grant students better access to school services. As the number of students who work and have less flexible schedules grows these remote learning services may become even more important, driving further adoption.

IoT devices are one of the biggest trends in tech right now - new IoT tech being designed for use in classrooms may also inspire further cloud adoption.

The Challenges of the Cloud for Academia

However, the cloud isn't without its challenges which may prevent adoption in some cases or create new risks in others.

In general, most adoption of cloud computing services has been at larger schools with more resources. Cloud technology is still sometimes out of reach for smaller schools with cash-strapped IT departments. While switching to cloud-based services can reduce an IT department's workload and reduce IT costs for higher ed institutions, upfront costs can be high enough to prevent smaller institutions from making the move.

If the costs of moving to the cloud remain high, it may limit adoption to larger institutions over the long run.

Reliance on cloud computing may also create new vulnerabilities that higher ed institutions will need to be prepared for. Data stored on the cloud can be more vulnerable to data breaches and unauthorized access and will need to be more diligently secured.

This is also likely to become even more true as data grows more valuable and hacks and data breaches become more common. Higher ed institutions naturally need to store significant amounts of personally identifying and sensitive student data. If these institutions aren't prepared to invest in data security after moving information to the cloud, they could be putting student records at risk.

The Future of the Cloud for Higher Ed

New market research shows that cloud computing in higher ed is expected to grow at a significant rate by 2027.

The adoption of cloud technology is being driven by a few different factors - including the flexibility and convenience that cloud solutions can provide, the rise of online and remote learning services and new IoT devices.

However, for all the benefits that cloud computing can provide, there are some challenges - especially concerns around security and cost - that may slow or prevent some institutions from picking up cloud technology.

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About the Author

Kayla Matthews 

Kayla Matthews is a tech-loving blogger who writes and edits ProductivityBytes.com. Follow her on Twitter @productibytes to read all of her latest posts! 
Published Monday, January 13, 2020 7:32 AM by David Marshall
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