Ad Astra Launches New Astra Cloud SaaS System

Monday, October 22, 2012

Overland Park, KS – Ad Astra Information Systems announces the new Astra Cloud that provides off-premise hosting and application management services. Astra Cloud will support and enhance data transmission and analysis for Astra Schedule and Platinum Analytics customers.

“The new Astra Cloud SaaS allows higher education institutions to focus on what they do best and eliminates the need for costly on-sight infrastructure capacity and support,” said Tom Shaver, CEO and Founder of Ad Astra Information Systems.

Astra Cloud provides state-of-the-art infrastructure outsourcing, end-user URL connectivity and site to site VPN tunnel for complete functionality. Advantages of the off premise “cloud” deployment model are lower cost of ownership, dedicated IT and application management, accelerated implementation times, secure and reliable technical infrastructure, and greater application stability.

Astra Cloud offers:

A secure data center and computer room providing customers with worry-free access to confidential data about their institution’s performance.
Firewall security protection and management
Redundant and high bandwidth connectivity
Backup UPS power supply
Serve and database installations, upgrades and backups

Astra Cloud provides Astra Schedule customers with complete application hosting including data imports and exports and academic and event schedules. For Platinum Analytics, it provides all imports, analysis runs that generate data, and results review.

Application management for Astra Schedule provides software release installs and upgrades, support and database backups. For Platinum Analytics, Astra Cloud functions as a more traditional SaaS providing broader application services. These services include software release and upgrades, application support, database backups, application configuration, data imports that are managed and scheduled, and analysis runs.

For more information on Astra Cloud, go to www.aais.com

About Ad Astra Information Systems
Based in Overland Park, KS, Ad Astra Information Systems has a North American presence with customers in the United States and Canada. More than 550 college and university campuses have licensed Ad Astra software products and services since 1996 to help them with their facilities scheduling, event management, resource management and more. The results of using the Ad Astra advanced technology include significant cost savings; better management of facilities, meeting space and classrooms; and greater student satisfaction and graduation rates. With scheduling and planning among the most strategically important activities in which an institution can engage, The Astra Schedule Suite has become the standard for higher education scheduling software. Ad Astra invests significant resources into research and development and was the first company of its kind to develop a web-based platform for higher education scheduling software.  In 2010, the United States Patent Office issued Ad Astra a patent for its innovative method of determining student demand for academic course. The company is committed to improved student success and resource management efficiency in higher education.  For more information, visit www.aais.com .