Nutanix has picked up a slew of contracts with Australian education establishments, under which it will deliver its Enterprise Cloud OS offering to a group of 13 schools and colleges seeking to adopt cloud technologies to provide students with a modern digital learning experience.

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Neville Vincent, Vice President, ASEAN, India, ANZ at Nutanix

“Schools are realising the need to innovate and start adopting cloud services to provide the stimulus and eLearning tools modern children require and expect,” said Nutanix  ANZ, ASEAN & India VP Neville Vincent.

“Parents want to see schools using the latest technology to enhance their children’s education and prepare them for a digital future. That’s what we provide.”

Nutanix said the move aligned with STEM education being placed firmly on the national agenda. “The Australian Federal Government announced this year that more teachers with STEM backgrounds would be placed in Australian high schools to increase interest and adoption of those subjects and the careers that flow from them,” it said.

It added that a key benefit the schools in question – primarily in the Canberra region – were finding as part of the Nutanix cloud rollout centred on freeing up human and IT resources to allow development of more digital learning tools for students.

With the additional resources available, Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS), has been able to introduce popular online games like Minecraft as part of its curricula to stimulate how students learn about religion. The school expects other subjects to follow soon.

“Operationally, schools are similar to medium-to-large businesses, but with less IT resources,” added Vincent. “As a result, many children are missing out on more creative learning and improved education, as schools are forced to focus on keeping the basic IT facilities running.”

“Enterprise cloud prevents that from happening and maximises the limited resources schools often have, clearing the path for a better learning experience for students,” said Vincent. “Research also shows that exposure to technology in school helps promote STEM careers, which is something Australia needs.”