Self-Hosted vs. SaaS: What’s the Difference?
Currently, COD hosts Blackboard Learn on our own on-campus servers. This is known as being self-hosted. We will be moving to SaaS, or software as a service, hosting. This means that our instance of Blackboard will be hosted on Blackboard’s servers and will be accessed via the cloud. We will migrate all existing content from the past two years from our servers onto Blackboard servers. You will not lose access to any of your information from this time period, it will simply live in a different place.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The timeline will be updated as the migration plan is developed.
Summer to Fall 2021
During the Fall term, COD will be working with Blackboard to plan the migration.
LT will be providing information to faculty and staff on the migration process and impacts of SaaS.
The target date for the system to be migrated to the SaaS environment is January 2022. This process usually takes about three days to complete.
Making the switch
Benefits of Migrating to SaaS
Updating Blackboard will no longer require periods of system downtime, allowing important updates to be made without service interruptions.
Smaller, more frequent updates to the system allow known issues to be addressed more quickly and efficiently, making for a better user experience.
In the SaaS model, system resources are balanced in response to system load, providing greater stability during periods of peak usage.
Ultra Upgrade with Ease
Moving to SaaS provides the option to work towards the future implementation of the Blackboard Ultra experience.
24/7 Server Management
Blackboard staff manage and monitor server operations around the clock, keeping service interruptions and issues to a minimum.