New Dallas data center to improve service for Texas education

June 9, 2012 by  

A new data center has been opened in Dallas to benefit customers of Skyward state-sponsored Student Information Systems. The hosting service which is based in Texas will improve access speeds, maximise available uptime and provide a data recovery system. Skyward, Inc. is an approved Application Service Provider for schools and offers data hosting. The company has been passed by the Texas Education Agency following stringent inspection.

The new hosting facilities will reduce the cost of hardware and software, provide a simplified system set-up and streamlines upgrades. A disaster recovery system will also be in place, which is something that Local Education Authorities which manage their information systems in-house often don’t have. The Dallas site was opened to offer the best possible service to Texas School Districts. The new facilities have improved security, staff on hand 24/7 and a strong power supply, which will continue to operate even during a blackout. Local printing companies may have been called on to provide catalog printing services, so that customers will have details of all the benefits of the Dallas center.

The TEA contract management team, along with the manager recently completed an assessment of the new center, from the building structure and security to the technology and working areas. A number of tests were carried to ensure the center would meet the TEA’s requirements. According to Jon Oliver, the executive vice president of operations for Skyward, the ASP hosting service offers a solution for school leaders which is complete and affordable.