Mac-based districts could face SIS quandary


The district has fewer than 2,000 students and has 250 staff. Bowler said virtualization appealed to his staff because although the district is small, it has an extensive investment in technology and multiple servers.

“All of our schools are connected to a wide area network, so their internet service all comes through us and all use the same basic PowerSchool server,” he said. “So if we have to make a change, it will affect use widely.”

Bowler said a move to Parallels will cost the district less than it if it opted to move to the cloud. The district already has saved more than $50,000 because the product eliminates the need for multiple servers, and Bowler said he anticipates more savings as well.

Although different districts have different needs, “this is the way that we need to go,” Bowler said. “We’re very lucky to have a forward-thinking superintendent and board. We’re interested in technology suit the needs of our students.”

Laura Ascione

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