"When it comes to running enterprise applications, higher education institutions don’t always get what they pay for.
Until recently, California State University, a 23-campus public university system with nearly 500,000 students, ran its Oracle PeopleSoft enterprise resource planning system in a private, on-premises data center in Salt Lake City.
With the ERP powering CSU’s finance, human resources and student modules, demand for resources grew annually. And every semester, during registration, demand peaked.
That forced the university to choose between two unattractive options: Buy additional hardware that would often sit unused, or watch application performance degrade during high-use periods."