According to analysts, one of the drivers for IT changes in Australian universities services is the need to continue to drive down cost of delivering IT services. That’s not only for planned changes (eg new systems and services), but also for existing projects, where there is an opportunity to cut the cost of existing service delivery.
One way to reduce the cost of your IT infrastructure is to replace technologies with lower cost options. It means you can make savings in your infrastructure, without users being impacted negatively.
Let me share a surprising case study that illustrates what’s possible:
In summary, Florida Atlantic University changed the platform their Linux-based Blackboard LMS ran on, and saved $600,000.
The scenario may sound familiar to you – the Florida Atlantic University was in the third round of externally imposed budget cuts, creating continuing pressure to reduce the costs of service delivery. One of their costs was in servers to run their Blackboard Learning Management System, which was running on a Linux platform. So they looked at how they could virtualise their servers, to reduce hardware costs and data centre space requirements, and improve their student experience.
The case study goes into detail of their journey, but in a nutshell, their stages were:
The savings they have identified so far include:
And, in addition to saving money, the university have also improved the performance of their IT systems. As Mehran Basiratmand, the Director of Enterprise Computing Services and Chief Technical Officer, at the university says:
The case study is very detailed, documenting each stage of the journey, so if you have similar scenarios in your campus, it is worth reading the full version from our global case studies website.
Read the full Florida Atlantic University case study