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Case Studies.

In this section I plan to showcase some serverless schools explaining how it was achieved from a technical point of view but also the motivation behind the change.

Most of these sites are in the UK but if you'd like your school featured please drop me a line from the contact panel and I'll add it to the list.


XP School - Doncaster - UK



Other reference sites.

For anybody interested in this subject the work done at Concordia School, a small (250) but growing school in Hanoi remains a flagship operation.

It's not really surprising that innovation is being driven by the emerging economies. After all it would be completely impractical to try and implement the 'first' world model of IT in education to reach the mass of the population in these areas.   Even in the UK it's ridiculously inefficient, wasteful and far too expensive.

This link provides some details on how a "cloud school" was achieved.

As part of the Google Education on Air season in 2016 Dan Leighton describes his approach to creating a serverless architecture for a school in the UK. The information is in the form of a video presentation and includes some recommendations for SaaS packages.

A version of a serverless school based on IaaS rather than SaaS has been documented by South Lee School in the UK using Microsoft Azure as the service provider.

If I'm honest I'm not a fan of the IaaS approach as it just seems to transfer the problems and complexity of local server management to another location. However it does achieve the objective and it might be a model schools could follow if they have invested in a Microsoft environment.

Andy Dent makes a good case for this idea and the serverless concept in general these posts.

The server-less school fact or fiction?

The serverless school?