Higher education IT leaders today are faced with two conflicting sets of issues: shrinking budgets and on-campus pressures to increase computing capacity, availability and services.
Competing campus constituencies – administrators, academics and various departments – are forcing consolidated data center
resources into a multi-tenant environment. This brings a significant set of challenges, including security and risk management, business continuity, consistent IT service levels, training and ongoing replacement of aging infrastructure.
As a result, many institutional IT departments are reevaluating how they approach the data center, looking for ways to optimize and improve IT service levels, and exploring ways to make education resources more available with less available budget.