Last week, the Gauteng Department of Education launched the eAdmissions portal that allowed parents to register their grade 1 and grade 8 children for the 2021 school year.
The online admissions process went relatively smoothly, all thanks to the power of the cloud.
Over 230k eAdmissions
While it wasn’t without hiccups – some Twitter users reported issues accessing the portal early on the morning of Thursday 24 June – the initial issues were quickly resolved.
By mid-day on Thursday, the system had seen over 100,000 applications and supported over 19,000 users on the system simultaneously. By Monday the following week, more than 230,000 people had successfully used the portal.
The eAdmissions portal was built using the Azure cloud, which is why it was so stable and easily scalable. The project was made possible by a partnership between the Gauteng Department of Education, Vodacom, and local developer Boxfusion.
The cloud, as we know, offers scalability and elasticity that static IT resources just can’t. When set up for it, the cloud is automatically able to allocate more compute resources when usage increases.
It’s the perfect platform on which to build applications that experience usage surges, just like the Gauteng Department of Education’s eAdmissions portal.
That way, application owners don’t need to pay up front for all of the hardware that supports peak usage. Instead, they can simply pay for compute resources as and when they’re used.
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