Cloud computing is playing an important role in Education, textbooks and classrooms are no longer a restriction to study. With the Covid-19 outbreaks, the evolution in the education industry has been sped up. Institutions are now applying different distance learning programs, students can access the class anywhere simply with a computing device.
A study shows that the market size of cloud computing in the education industry was USD 8.13 billion in 2016, it is estimated to reach USD 25.36 billion by 2021. This hike is due to large-scale cloud adoptions because of the accessibility, scalability and resource availability of cloud computing.
Improve Educational Productivity
Education institutions can move resources to the cloud and makes distance learning practical. Many organizations like universities and training courses start launching e-learning programs so students can take distance courses and online tests instead. In fact, cloud-based system benefit to both e-learning and traditional courses because students can download the resource without geographic restrictions.
Save Cost and Time
Since the resource is available online, teachers no longer need to spend time on printing study materials. Besides printing cost, education organizations can save IT expenses from hardware, IT specialists and energy usage. The University of Notre Dame saved 40 percent ($1.3million) on its annual IT operations. Moreover, it also benefits to students because digital textbook tends to be lot less expensive.
Enhance Teachers’ Accountability
As all the materials are processing online, it is much easier for accountants to calculate teacher’s salaries. The online system may also provides evidences to teachers to get reasonable pay for works. Furthermore, cloud improves the accuracy of teacher’s evaluations as schools recorded all the works. When things go wrong, all resources can be reviewed and the accountability is enhanced in result.
It is pleased to announce that LayerStack Templates is officially integrated with VM Import on LayerPanel. Users can export a virtual machine image from your virtualization environment to LayerStack. Those images will be shown as templates in the panel which you can use to launch instances. With the upgraded Templates function, users can benefit from the scale of LayerStack while using your own custom environment.
What is VM Image
A virtual machine image is a snapshot of your disk at one point in time, those images are usually installed with operating systems and software such as databases or operational applications. VM image is useful for users to move workloads from the current virtualization environment to the cloud. Besides, It is also effective when users want to deploy multiple servers with a consistent cloud environment.
Which image formats are supported?
LayerStack Template is now supporting five image formats including Virtual Disk Image (VDI), Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK), Virtual Hard Disk (VHDX), QEMU Copy-On-Write 2 (QCOW2), and raw. If you are using any other image formats for cloud migration, please directly contact our CS team for a free consultation.
Pricing and Applications
Importing VM image to LayerStack Template is free of charge. Every account can create 3 templates with max. size 150GB each. Users who reached the template limit can simply delete outdated templates on LayerPanel and import new images for cloud deployments.
Quick Start Guide:
Create Template 1. Log in to LayerPanel (https://www.layerpanel.com/#/login) 2. Go to Services section and select Templates 3. Click Create or Upload to build your templates 4. It will be shown as Working on the list once the templates are successfully created.
Install the server with Custom Template 5. Select the relevant cloud server at “Service – Cloud Server”. 6. Click the Rebuild button at top right corner. 7. Scroll down the OS options and select the custom template at the bottom. 8. Follow the in-built guide and proceed with template installation.
Nowadays, cloud computing is widely applied in many industries. Cloud providers are offering different packages and solutions for diverse needs. In fact, the stability and connection speed of cloud computing are major quality measurements to providers. Both mentioned factors are related to data usage of cloud accounts because all users are sharing the server bandwidth. Thus, monthly data transfer limit is very common in cloud industry. However, all LayerStack cloud packages offer unlimited data transfer, users do not need to concern about exceeded data transfer (like website traffic) and unpredictable bandwidth expenses with LayerStack.
Data TransferCost of Global Cloud Providers
Most of the global brands are charging cloud customer for data usage. A study shows that data usage costs often end up contributing 30% of total cost. In brands like Azure, AWS and Google, users are charged for every GB downloaded from cloud or moved to another server. For example, Google’s users are paying US$ 0.12 per GB for all outbound data, the rate might be slightly different in regions.
Cloud Providers’ Transfer Limit
Some popular cloud provider, on the other hand, offer cloud package to customers. Each package includes with different amount of memory, vCPU and storage. LayerStack, Linode & DigitalOcean are packaging cloud providers, but both Linode and DigitalOcean are setting transfer limit to packages. Cloud users need to pay US$ 0.01 for each additional GB usage after accounts have reached the transfer limit.
Unlimited Bandwidth Traffic
All LayerStack cloud servers provide unlimited bandwidth traffic. Although we have a limit, it is guarantee that no extra cost will be charged for exceeded data usage. According to our “Fair Use Policy”, cloud service continues without capping when usage has reached the limit, but the transfer speed maybe slightly slowed down. If users want to get more data usage with guaranteed normal speed, they could simply upgrade the plan with a small cost.