IBM SmartCloud for Education, Now Available
The IBM SmartCloud for Education services are now available to deliver advanced software, computer lab resources and services to students and researchers at schools, colleges and universities.
This newly released set of cloud services and offerings from IBM can be deployed without the need for advanced IT expertise at locations.
IBM claims this announcement will help education systems leverage predictive analytics to benefit from real-time insights on student and institutional performance. The IBM SmartCloud for Education services will also improve researcher effectiveness, and alleviate constrained lab resources for learning.
Typically, K-12 schools and higher education institutions have to surmount several challenges such as student retention, graduation rates, grant funding, and demands for IT resources for learning and research. All these challenges can be effectively addressed by the IBM SmartCloud for Education services, which also allow schools to analyze their own data using new SPSS models and tools running in a cloud to identify at-risk students at an early stage.
The new offering also includes additional cloud-based social networking tools designed to facilitate discovery and recommendation of funding opportunities and collaborators to researchers.
“Cloud computing offers educational institutions the ability to transform learning processes to be more student-centered, as well as the potential to reduce costs through shared services,” said Michael King, vice president, IBM Global Education Industry. “Our announcements today lay the groundwork for institutions, systems, and states to begin creating these integrated cloud services for their constituents.”
IBM also notes the example of NC State University, which is using the IBM Virtual Computing Lab Cloud Solutions for Education.
These solutions provide enhanced services and tools to enable a cloud computing environment as an on-campus private cloud or a ‘hybrid’ cloud connected to the IBM SmartCloud.
“At NC State, VCL cloud serves more than 40,000 users and delivers 250,000 resource reservations and over 11 million HPC CPU hours per year and our partnership with IBM has been the key to its development and success. VCL has transformed the way we deliver computational and educational services to our students,” said Dr. Mladen Vouk, professor and head of the Department of Computer Science at NC State University.”
By Anuradha Shukla