The Education and Training Quality Authority (BQA) Raising the bar of Education standards with AWS


The Education and Training Quality Authority (BQA) is an independent entity that carries out its mandate with the guidance of its Board of Directors. It reports to the Cabinet. The Authority was established as part of the National Education Reform Project, a pioneering initiative of Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030. The main aim of the Education Reform Project is to fundamentally improve the services provided in education and vocational training in the Kingdom of Bahrain, which will in turn ensure the professional advancement of Bahrain ’s human capital.

BQA selects Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a Cloud Provider for their cloud adoption journey.


BQA has included Microsoft SharePoint and Amazon Web Services (AWS) in its IT strategy. Microsoft SharePoint provides a robust framework for building collaborative sites, shared documents, and capturing and routing vital information using forms and workflows. Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) gives a secure environment in the AWS Cloud with the flexibility and scalability we need to manage SharePoint environment.

BQA wanted to deliver better performance, reduce the cost and time that the SharePoint team spent on managing the solution, a member of the AWS Partner Network, for monitoring and administration tasks.

Why Amazon Web Services

After evaluating several cloud platforms before ultimately selecting AWS, BQA realized that the deciding factors were the reliability, extensive ecosystem of partners and services, and competitive pricing that AWS offered, as well as AWS customer service, which has been outstanding from the day one.


BQA Microsoft SharePoint workload has been hosted on AWS Cloud considering right sizing of EC2 servers to deliver better performance, Security measures, and Compliances.

Considered various AWS services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) to provision server, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) an object based storage for Backup, AWS Key management System (KMS) to generate maintain and rotate encryption keys, AWS IAM for users and access management and Amazon CloudWatch for monitoring etc.


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  • Reduced implementation time by eliminating need to purchase and install servers and storage.
  • Optimized uptime
  • Allows team to focus on delivering value to the business