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We currently use Google Apps for Education, and have been from a few years, but with the sale of the school to an Education Group in September, we've been told that the policy of the group is not to use Cloud based services unless the data is held either in Switzerland, or the EU, at a push.
The staff and students have been using the google share and collaborate features quite heavily over the past few years, with lots of positive impact on the learning, and as it currently stands, the school runs a BOYD policy for students, so a web based platform solves the issues of OS dependancy. The school provides a MS network but the students usually (95%) are mac users.
Does anyone know of a locally hostable set of apps, with the same collaboration and share potential that Google apps base given us. Failing that, are there any EU based solutions that anyone know of?
I know the whole world is going cloud based, and schools are no exception, but we've tried to argue our case, but the answer is a firm, NO!
Thanks in advance.
Sure I read somewhere that Schools in the EU have their Google Apps data stored in Ireland.
Just not sure where I read it.
jallsop (21st January 2014)
Thats possible but Switzerland isn't in the EU, for contracts like this, so we're just trying to figure out this ourselves. Microsoft aren't being very helpful. The group is really pushing for local hosting if at all possible too.
Shame about the Gapps thing as we use it at all my schools. Still does more than 365 imo.
If someone reading this is in the EU you might want to read this EU demands answers over Microsoft's Patriot Act admission | ZDNet
Not sure what it was called (do a search in edugeek) but someone did mention a very good system that created a locally stored cloud style system from the server it was installed on.
If I find it I will post back.
jallsop (22nd January 2014)
Just because the live data is stored in the cloud doesn't mean that the backups have to be.
Could you not see where they would stand on this? cloud based data with all backups locally stored?
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