not as scary as you may think at first. The term, "cloud" simply
refers to information that is stored somewhere besides NKSD.
the cloud, all email that came into the district was held on a "server"
at NKSD, waiting for you to look at it. When you used Outlook or
Webmail to look at your mailbox, you were looking at the server at the
District Office which held all of your email.
your mailbox has been moved to the cloud, you will still use the same
programs to look at email, but you're looking at a server somewhere
else, in this case, at Microsoft.
cloud-based email is not yet available for most users, but will be
available soon. We're currently testing and doing a "staged roll-out"
of this service.)
The cloud brings some big advantages:
- You can use the desktop Outlook program from anywhere, not just at NKSD, so "Outlook from home" is now possible.
we implement file storage in the cloud (in development), staff and
students can access their files, share them, and even edit them, from
anywhere and on any device.
- New methods of staff communication will be available (in development).
systems are far more stable than anything we can provide, including
protection from power outages, server crashes, etc.
- Office 365
is compliant with regulatory standards for privacy and security,
including ISO 27001, HIPAA, FISMA and FERPA, so your data is always
- New features are implemented as soon as they become available, with little/no downtime for maintenance.