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Why are so many school libraries moving to a cloud-hosted solution?


IT support team

With so many schools making the decision to move to an Oliver v5 cloud hosted solution, perhaps you’re wondering what the benefits are and if this is the right decision for you.

Perhaps you have already decided that this is a move you want to make but would like some additional information to present to decision makers in your school.

In this blog we discuss how an Oliver v5 hosted solution can improve your library’s security, efficiency, and expenditure.

Moving to the cloud can boost your security

The importance of cyber security cannot be overstated. The online world is shifting constantly. Security risks continue to emerge and evolve. 

In the Annual Cyber Threat Report July 2020 to June 2021, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) states that:

“A cybercrime or cyber security incident can cause financial and reputational damage, disrupt business and essential services, and result in further or ongoing malicious activity to an organisation. While the costs of impacts are difficult to quantify, the costs of remediation for a cybercrime or cyber security incident can be far greater than early and ongoing investment in prevention.”

There are several ways that moving to an Oliver v5 hosted solution can help boost your systems security.

Oliver v5 is regularly updated to ensure that we can anticipate and stay ahead of any potential or emerging threats to security. For our customers in the cloud, these updates are applied to their system by our technicians as soon as they are available, at a time that won’t impact their library, ensuring the most current and secure system available.

Our servers meet all compliance requirements including:

  • ISO27001 standard and ISO27018 for cloud privacy
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 compliance in EU Region
  • Information Security Registered Assessor Program (IRAP)
  • ST4S

Furthermore, our expert technical team proactively monitor the systems for performance and suspicious activity … keeping you safe from security breaches and malicious attacks.

Secure computer

Moving to the cloud can save you money

Purchasing and maintaining a server can be expensive, especially if you want to ensure reliability and security.

By moving to an Oliver v5 cloud-hosted solution, all server related expenses including purchasing, maintenance, power, and repairs are covered under a low annual fee, making hosting a more cost-effective solution.

Moving to the cloud will save on the cost of manpower with all updates, patches, backups and support handled by the Softlink Education team. 

Moving to the cloud expands your IT team

The role of an IT team in a school is a challenging and demanding one. With multiple systems to manage it can be difficult to access support for library software internally and library staff often have to compete with other departments for their time.

A cloud-hosted library management system removes this reliance on your IT team and connects you directly with our technicians who are available to provide expert support for any question related to Oliver v5.

In addition, hosting means we take care of all the regular tasks such as server maintenance, antivirus management, index maintenance, server and application monitoring, and data backups, so your internal IT team doesn’t have to worry about any of these important, but time-consuming tasks!

IT support team

Moving to the cloud can reduce your workload and stress-load

Waiting for pages to load is frustrating. Systems going down is frustrating. Performing backups is frustrating (and time-consuming!). The list goes on…

These frustrations not only create stress, but also eat into the limited time available to run a school library.

An Oliver v5 cloud-based solution provides you with a highly responsive, easy to navigate system. 

Moving to the cloud also means that our technical team manage and monitor your system for you. Backups, additional server space, system upgrades, and prevention of system downtime, ensure reliable, worry-free access to your library system. To reduce interference with your day-to-day operations and save you more time, system updates are completed overnight.

We do everything for you, so you don’t have to.

If you would like to speak to an Educational Consultant about the specific benefits of moving to an Oliver v5 hosted solution for your school library email communications@softlinkint.com

Learn more about Oliver v5 cloud hosting:

  • All Saints Anglican School moved to an Oliver v5 hosted solution after discovering that their server needed replacing. Read this case study to find out more about their experience and the benefits realised after making the move.
  • Read our guest blog post “Moving to Oliver v5 – The Knox School” to hear about an Oliver v5 users experience with a hosted solution
  • To learn more about Oliver v5 cloud hosting including key features, benefits, and inclusions, download this flyer