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: Data enables on-demand learning in 80+ countries

NetApp helps Blackboard enlighten students worldwide with innovative e-learning.

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    • 100%

    • Uptime for 24/7 learning

    • Minutes vs. months

    • Automation enables new storage in minutes, not months

    • 60+

    • SaaS capabilities

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Global e-learning with 100% uptime

When the global pandemic forced school shutdowns in early 2020, the demand for virtual learning skyrocketed by 3,000%. Blackboard, now a part of Anthology, saw usage of its virtual classroom tool increase by more than 45 times in just three weeks. To ensure its SaaS tool, Blackboard Learn, could handle this unprecedented spike in demand, Blackboard needed to migrate its data to the cloud. Taking this step helped ensure students had reliable access to online learning at a critical time.

With NetApp and AWS technology, Blackboard evolved from maintaining nearly 15PB of data in on-prem data centers to a cloud solution capable of delivering 24/7 learning to over 150M users from Brazil to India – and far beyond.

We’re removing barriers to education. That’s our mission.

Heather Woods, Senior Director of Client Experience Management, Anthology

Removing barriers to education with data

NetApp ONTAP file storage gives Blackboard advanced automation and orchestration abilities to deliver more reliable data faster, enabling new storage in 90 minutes rather than weeks or months.

With NetApp and AWS as partners, Blackboard can focus on delivering quality education to students around the world and leading the educational technology community.

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