Implementing SaaS in Education in the United States The United States has always encountered problems with regards to the competitiveness of its population. Indeed, this particular problem has been even more emphasized today, especially with the crushingly intense global competition. Fortunately, Software-as-as-Service (SaaS) tools, along with other cloud computing services have dramatically grown in the last couple of years which have, so far, been sufficient to fill up the needs of the schools (Kaplan, 2010). According to Kaplan, the United States’ government has been aggressively criticized by some organizations and politicians for not doing much to solve the decline of
Infrastructure as a Service Industry Leaders and Market Growth Trends Cloud computing had changed the way businesses operate, as the profound change in the delivering of IT services has many implications for the way they are run and how people interact. And I believe that one of the most amazing cloud computing applications is the delivery of infrastructure as a service. For a business, the need to buy the equipment needed to support operations has disappeared: storage, hardware, servers and networking components, including the big expenses concerning their maintenance and periodic upgrade are now the services providers’ problem, with the
Swedish Collective Aims to Clean up the Cloud Ten Regions set to Conquer Silicon Valley Stockholm, Sweden – February 21, 2012 – A cold climate, clean energy and one of the most stable electricity grids in the world have made Sweden very hot property in the IT giants’ quest for datacenter locations in Europe. In October, the social network Facebook announced that it is to build its new datacenter in Lulea, Sweden, on the edge of the Arctic Circle. Environmental organization Greenpeace pushed the Like-button for this, thanks to the clean energy supply from Swedish hydropower sources. Now, ten Swedish
Icelandic Steam, French Bidding Wars: Europe and Cloud Computing in Early 2012 The European continent is — finally! — putting cash where its proverbial mouth is regarding the presence of cloud computing throughout the EU. At Switzerland’s World Economic Forum, Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes announced that Europe is ready to pledge 10 million euro to a forthcoming European Cloud Partnership. Kroes believes with fervency that this Partnership will surmount such hurdles in the cloud’s being accepted as fear of data protection, legality concerns, and distribution of important general information on the cloud to small businesses. Says Kroes, “I expect
Some Recent Cloud Computing Acquisitions – I This is the second in a continuing series on cloud computing acquisitions. You can read the first one in the series here: Some Recent Cloud Computing Acquisitions. This article covers two recent acquisitions. IBM – Platform Computing IBM seems to be on an acquisition spree as far as cloud computing is concerned. After DemandTec in December (See: Some Recent Cloud Computing Acquisitions) and Green Hat in January (See: How Does the Green Hat Acquisition Help IBM’s Cloud Strategy? ), Ontario-based Platform Computing (http://www.platform.com/) became the latest company to enter the IBM fold, also
Making The Leap From Public To Hybrid Cloud Computing While the Private vs Public Cloud debate continues to plod along, a major Public Cloud user struck an equally massive blow for Hybrid Cloud when Zynga decided to make the move from AWS to their own zCloud private servers. In a move which flipped 80% of their Public Cloud usage to specialized Private Cloud servers which Zynga have dubbed zCloud, the move illustrates one potential path for small startups and SMBs to follow in their pursuit of massive exponential growth on a Cloud Computing based platform. Just a few years ago,
HP CloudSystem Matrix: Benefits of Private Cloud and Infrastructure as a Service Today Get the freedom and flexibility to provision infrastructure and applications in minutes rather than months. If you are like most companies, you have been adding servers, storage, and networking devices to keep pace with your business demands. You could be spending upwards of 70 percent of your IT budget on operations and maintenance, which means you are spending 30 percent or less on innovation that is critical to growing your business. You don’t have to be captive to unmanageable IT sprawl. Solutions are available today to help
How Universities Implement Cloud Computing Cloud computing has been universally recognized as a critical component in the field of education. This is more so in the higher education sector where more advanced tools are necessary for data sharing, teaching, and protection, as well as for advanced instruction. Generally, most countries in the world experience a decline in higher education budgets. Because of this, and because of the fact that universities need to be able to continue to deliver quality services in spite of the limited budget, the role of IT has tremendously arisen to a whole new level (Mircea, 2011).