Many sectors have been reaping the benefits of cloud computing for years, but the education field has only recently begun to realize all there is to gain by adopting the technology. Cloud based services are making revolutionary changes to the way the academic sector is operating by saving money, time and space for students and teachers alike. Cloud infrastructures allow schools to have stronger communication and disaster recovery, as well as improve remote data access and backup.

Because of the enhanced performance offered by the cloud, educational systems are increasingly adopting the technology and causing the market to grow. A recent report by MarketsandMarkets projected that the global cloud computing in education market will grow from $5 billion this year to more than $12 billion in 2019.

"The significant production of inexpensive computers, Internet broadband connectivity, and loaded learning content has created a worldwide trend in which Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is being used to alter the education process," the report stated. "Cloud computing is beginning to play a key role in this revolution."

According to Blouin News, the report states that the North American region will continue to be the technological leader of the market, but the most significant traction in the sector is expected to be shown by the European and Asia Pacific regions. Major drivers of the market included cost-effectiveness, flexibility, scalability and the evolving needs of a mobile workforce.

Cloud offers education multiple benefits
As a report by Science and Education Publishing indicates, cost is a top concern for most school systems, and cloud services allow them to modify traditional physical data structures to make them less expensive. Cloud platforms offer an easy way to cut IT costs and simplify content management processes while giving students and teachers the opportunity access multiple applications and resources quickly and economically.

Utilizing cloud services also helps to make students more collaborative, as they can work on and edit documents with their peers simultaneously. The cloud also enables effortless document sharing which makes it easier to receive feedback on a paper or project and enhances the learning process. Cloud's improved accessibility also helps students to be more engaged as they can work on assignments from wherever they feel most comfortable.

One of the most significant benefits schools experiences when adopting cloud technologies is the large amount of storage they are able to utilize. Student records and other important documents can be kept encrypted in the cloud but can still be shared and transmitted easily. The automatic backup service offered by cloud platforms is also a top priority for educators, as edits are commonly made to files and need to be saved often.

Employing cloud based services can also have many environmental benefits for schools. Teachers can utilize the cloud to make lesson plans, homework and reading available online instead of printing and copying hundreds of pages each year. By putting students' content in the cloud, schools can dramatically decrease the amount of paper and ink used, as well as the costs associated with them.