Kolor-Pikker wrote in post #17738828
Cloud storage makes sense depending on the nature of the data you're storing, I wouldn't use the cloud for any reason ever except for stuff I want to share online anyway, since no promise on earth can guarantee that someone isn't looking at the data you're uploading... if not by those storing the data, then in transit, and so on. That said, I doubt a school has any data that's worth going out the way to steal.
A school will have confidential data like student files, staff information, pay information, etc.
Your reluctance to use cloud storage may because of lack of understanding and familiarity. While you're right you can never be 100% sure no-one is reading your files, in business in government it's about due diligence and risk management, not 100% certainty. Amazon S3 supports both client and server side encryption within its system, and you can additionally encrypt data before it gets to their API if you're really paranoid. Server side encryption is simpler but requires more trust as the server does key management (ie they have decryption keys), client side is safer but requires key management. You can also build a virtual private network inside the Amazon cloud and connect to it using a virtual private network, which gives you even more security. And honestly, with 1 million active customers, who's going to be interested in your data? There will be something more interesting for hackers. There are huge numbers of controls, certifications and audits to prevent security issues.
Cloud systems (storage, computing capacity, databases, along with many other things) runs entire businesses, government departments (google "gov cloud"), and likely defense. I think a school will be fine, so long as they have professional advice on how to set things up correctly.
AWS has a Storage Gateway, which let you have some storage on-premises (either all your data or the most often used data) with it continuously backed up to AWS. That's a good product if you want to have your storage locally, but backed up. You wouldn't use it if you move your actual compute workloads to AWS.
disneydork, feel free to PM me directly if you want detailed advice. I've worked in IT for 20 years and I'm certified on AWS, happy to help if you need more info.