TAFE SA moves online learning system to Azure

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 26 November, 2015

TAFE SA moves online learning system to Azure

TAFE South Australia has transitioned its entire online learning system Learn to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

Learn is TAFE SA’s implementation of the internationally used online learning system Moodle. The company has entered an agreement with Microsoft to shift the system to Azure in order to ensure it can be scaled up to support growing demand for the platform.

TAFE SA Director of ICT Services Craig Carter said student usage of Learn increased by 57% in the 12 months ending in September, with 38,000 students now using the system.

“The system has to be set up to handle a lot of use at any one time. Our system reached a point where use exceeded the capabilities of the system, which put reliability at risk,” he said.

Carter said that prior to the transition the system encountered regular outages — averaging one every 14 days — caused by extremely high Moodle use.

“We had a choice: replace the system with more powerful IT infrastructure or move it into the cloud, using Microsoft Azure.”

Working closely with Microsoft, TAFE SA’s ICT team were able to transfer the system to Azure within six weeks. Carter said the migration also paves the way for TAFE SA to migrate more of its systems to the cloud.

Image courtesy of Kristina D.C. Hoeppner under CC

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