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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cloud Technologies for Universities

Cloud Technology: the Advantages and Disadvantages for Universities

Jeremy Sharp looks at the perks and pitfalls for universities using cloud-based services

Jeremy Sharp | July 28, 2015

“Cloud technology and services create some challenges, but certainly present great opportunities in education.”
So said John Cartwright, chairman of the Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association – or Ucisa ­– at the Jisc technology forum earlier this month.
Use of “the cloud” has certainly taken off since it was first brought to the attention of the world in 2006 by Google’s former CEO, Eric Schmidt, who introduced the term at an industry conference.

The basic idea of cloud computing is combining computing resources – be that networks, servers, storage or applications – in a shared pool, with “tenants”, such as universities, renting what they need without having to go to the provider every time their requirements change. These pools may be shared within a single organisation (private cloud) or available to everyone on the internet (public cloud).
A survey of IT and library leads in UK education about their usage of cloud technology, carried out by Jisc, found that collaboration and sharing opportunities offered by the cloud were a key benefit and driver for adoption.

<more at; related link: (Cloud Technology Can Lift the Fog Over Higher Education. April 29, 2015) and (UTSA announces creation of Open Cloud Institute. Spring 2015)>

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