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Bidding farewell to traditional IT resources in education

( Updated: 2016-02-02 15:37

In 2015, to which we bid farewell not long ago, cloud computing enjoyed extremely high popularity in the IT world; particularly in China it was gradually moving into the fast lane. Nevertheless, unlike online industries and startup enterprises, traditional industries still hold cautious attitudes toward cloud computing.

These traditional government / corporate users have high requirements for IT construction, but they themselves have no large-scale technology capabilities like those of internet enterprises. Therefore, they urgently need cloud service providers who possess in-depth industry understanding and can supply premium services to help them smoothly transition from traditional IT to cloud computing.

This situation brings service providers, including SST, opportunities to assist in that transition. As China's first Sino-foreign operator focused on added value telecom, SST serves multi-national and fortune 500 corporations with applause from both government and corporate users for its world-class telecom systems and consulting-style service ability.

With the arrival of the cloud computing age, SST has actively sought to be of service in the transformation of traditional industries towards resources such as cloud computing. Over several years it has grown from a value-added telecom operator to an integrated ICT service provider. While continuing to offer customers superior WAN services, it undertook the mission of assisting users in traditional industries to migrate towards cloud application.

The passage below provides an example of SST's successful assistance in IT transitioning in a traditional industry; in this case a cloud application for an international school.

"Active consulting" + "One-stop service" = Smooth Cloud Application

The international school, with the steady growth of its domestic business, faced increasing difficulties in coping with the IT and network usage needs of its faculty and students.

Firstly, the original IT infrastructure deployed traditional collective systems. There was a dire inadequacy in surveillance and emergency handling. In particular, the data center architecture had poor stability and disaster recovery capacity. With no remote backup mechanism, there was the likelihood of severe damage in the event of any trouble. Meanwhile, backup was also conventional; the recovery time of the system was up to 8 hours, which greatly affected the running of school operations. Furthermore, as its infrastructure was deployed overseas, the access speed was easily affected by the quality of a dedicated line, and there was a lack of relevant technological support in China.

After learning of the initial needs, SST held many rounds of meticulous communication with the school. Through active IT consulting services, it helped the client refine its needs from system structure to service procedure step by step. Finally, it created a custom-made overall solution for migrating towards a domestic hybrid cloud.

This client adopted a private cloud in combination with an SST Data Center as the main station, using an SST public cloud platform as the backup service. SST provided 24/7 infrastructure surveillance; once any trouble occurred, the backup system promptly worked to restore online service. The SLA standard of the backup system restoration improved from the previous 10 hours to 1 hour.

With traditional IT deployment methods, the server and network have different service providers, necessitating communication and coordination by their respective users. By implementing a cloud application, SST provided users with one-stop service as the only interface. The user may now focus only on teaching activities without having to worry about tedious IT details; they are better able to direct their efforts toward business matters and school management.

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