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eCloud implementation at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart

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Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, based in Miami, FL, is a Catholic college preparatory day school for girls.  Carrollton contacted UDT looking for opportunities to improve the capabilities and services available to their students and faculty. They needed a fully integrated solution that would allow them to collaborate and share data across multiple sites with different levels of capabilities. They also needed to have advanced disaster recovery capabilities in the event of natural disasters in order to meet accrediting requirements.

Their needs made this the ideal implementation for eCloud – an on-premise, private cloud developed by UDT with the help of Microsoft and Cisco.

Fully managed yet flexible solution

eCloud is a fully integrated, drop in solution that is easy to manage. Carrollton did not have to worry about the complexity of the solution itself with UDT experts managing the servers, which could be hosted either locally or remotely. The eCloud solution gave them the capability to manage the private cloud, Office 365, and Microsoft’s public cloud all through one platform.

eCloud’s user interface is web-based and easy to use, allowing teachers to create an environment in real time to maximize students learning. For example, if an instructor needs to create a web server to hold class projects, they can create one quickly for the semester and delete it when the class has concluded. This consumption-based service provides increased flexibility for teachers and reduces overhead cost for the school.

Cross-site collaboration

When Carrollton was looking for a solution for their school, they wanted the possibility to increase cross-site collaboration capabilities. They were looking to go one step further than the Office 365 capabilities they currently used and be able to share work across all of their sister schools around the United States, each with different levels of capabilities.

eCloud was able to fulfill that requirement and in turn improve the value of the educational experience for their students. For example, a class was required to complete a robotics project in conjunction with the NAU robotics program. In the past, each school managed a small portion of the project and was forced to send things back and forth between teams. eCloud allowed them to instantly collaborate by uploading to their own private cloud.

Integrated disaster recovery capabilities

In the world of academia, a full and robust disaster recovery strategy is one of the requirements of the accrediting bodies. With the school being located on Florida’s coast, a high risk of natural disasters is of particular concern to Carrollton. The eCloud solution provides simplified backup capabilities and allows them to fully replicate and run their servers in the cloud. Should anything happen, workloads could easily bemoved to new servers and data recovery would be quick and seamless.

With eCloud, Carrollton schools gained a fully managed yet flexible cloud solution, the ability to work in a collaborative, scalable server environment, and an integrated and comprehensive disaster recovery strategy.

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If you think it’s time to adopt a cloud platform, contact us.  UDT is happy to share how eCloud can work for your company or to help you compare different cloud solutions.

UDT Represented at 1st U.S. Microsoft Innovation Center Opening in Miami

Last Tuesday morning, several UDT employees attended the grand opening of the first Microsoft Innovation Center in the United States right here at Venture Hive in Downtown Miami. This “MIC”, as it is called, is a resource to help entrepreneurs and students cultivate their technology ideas and skills in an environment that invites collaboration and innovation. Venture Hive, right across the street from the future site of Miami World Center, is located in a small building covered in vibrant street art—further showcasing the diminishing gap between the arts and technology worlds in Miami.

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Also in attendance at the event were several Miami notables such as Commissioner Marc Sarnoff; “The Hive” founder, Susan Amat; representatives from Microsoft, Venture Hive, and the South Florida technology community; as well as a representative from the Miami-Dade County School system, which will greatly benefit from UDT’s unique tablet-centered solution for students. Microsoft Windows programing is part of the solution, which includes the roll-out of 50,000 tablets to students throughout the Miami-Dade County School system.

The prevailing theme at the opening event was that Miami needs to be an information technology city. Technology spans across all demographics in society—it is both culturally and color blind–making a diverse city like Miami, recognized as the gateway to the Americas, the perfect location for a technology renaissance. We can no longer ignore the startup revolution happening in areas such as Silicon Valley. We need to create an environment where the brightest technology students can stay right here in South Florida to create the next successful business, or to further their career in the IT world. Technology is local, and organizations such as Venture Hive and Microsoft are creating environments that show that if students and entrepreneurs have technology ideas, they now have a place to go where they can receive help to develop, create, and market their plan.