Norway: Box for all students
The students at the school had until then had access to a personal storage space of 4 Gigabyte on the shcools servers. With a steady increase in use, and in file size, they were running out of space. – By moving to Box, we could offer safe storage to the students, as well as unlimited space, says Frode Gether-Rønning at AHO.
The feedback from the students after trying out Box, was very positive, according to Gether-Rønning. – Todays students want things to be simple and flexible. They arne’t always on campus when they study. Also, we see that they collaborate a lot, both between themselves and with the faculty. So they need to share files and collaborate on documents..
– It’s very good that users can access their files anywhere, at any time. Many like the fact that they don’t have to relate to VPN technology. Most freshman students already have used cloud storage, but still they comment on the ease of use and the possibilities of Box.
Safe and secure
Eveeryone who’s ever lost important data knows how frustrating that is. A laptop can be dropped on the floor, or be stolen, or the files can go missing in some other way. – It’s kind of a revelation for people when they realize that their files often are more secure on Box than on their own computer, Gether-Rønning explains.
This type of storage for students and faculty fits the way AHO envisions to run their operations in the future. – Most likely, we will be one of a very few small HE institutions in Norway, as we see the universities growing through mergers. For us, it will be essential to reduce the risks associated with having a small ICT staff. We probably will move from in-house operations to the cloud, and rather spend our manpower on helping users benefit from a comprehensive range of services, concludes Gether-Rønning.