Through a subscription-based cloud-computing model, Kentucky's Pike County Schools brought its student-to-computer ratio down to 2 to 1 without spending millions of dollars.

"We were running into a case of [having a] limited budget, and still not wanting to cut back on our goals for our students as far as technology is concerned," said Maritta Horne, the district's chief information officer and director of technology.

"Purchasing machines was a problem," Horne said. "If I were to purchase 1,400 machines, it would be well in excess of $1 million for my district. It's just not feasible at this time."

With cloud-computing software from Desktone...

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