Cloud Computing Is Pushing the Education Landscape Forward

We've seen how much cloud computing affects various industries over the years. While businesses seem to be the ones taking the most advantage of the cloud technology, they are certainly not the only parties benefiting from capable cloud servers and the services built around them. In fact, we're starting to see other industries such as healthcare and manufacturing utilizing the cloud to gain several advantages.

In recent years, education is a field that has been increasingly benefiting from using the cloud as part of its workflows. Universities across the country are taking more of their operations to the cloud. There are different ways cloud computing is pushing the education landscape forward.

Better Research Programs

The switch to collective resources and cloud computing in education started with various research programs conducted by universities. There are plenty of research programs in fields like medicine and applied physics that require a large amount of computing power to crunch numbers and do simulations. It would be too expensive for individual universities to invest in such a large supercomputer, which is why cloud computing becomes an essential part of these programs.

Cloud computing pushes into the classroom, but not without challenges

Grazed from ArsTechnica. Author: Ron Miller.

When you think about a traditional school workflow, it's not unlike that of a business: paper is generated and moved in a systematic way between the children and the teacher. Just as cloud computing has transformed workflows in business to make them more collaborative and mobile, that same type of change has been coming to schools. Children and teachers use the power of the cloud to collaborate while accessing, storing, and sharing content.

As with business, this change is ongoing, uneven, and by no means complete. But if schools are at least partly about preparing children for the next generation of work, then the cloud needs to be a part of that preparation. Just as some businesses have struggled to transition to the cloud, schools face similar challenges...

How the Cloud Can Simplify Studying for RN to MSN Online Programs

As a registered nurse working in a hospital, your job is one of the busiest and most stressful of all healthcare positions. You are not only in charge of a number of patients on the floor but the LPNs and Nursing Assistants on your team answer to you as well. Your day is packed with communicating with doctors, talking to patients' families, discussing treatments with your LPN and Nursing Assistant and, of course, seeing to the care of your patients as well.

You also respond to any queries at the nurses' station and communicate with support staff as needed. As if that wasn't enough, you have decided to go for your masters degree in nursing, which can overwhelm you if you don't find a few ways to make better use of your time. That would be what the Cloud is for and why every online masters degree in nursing program should encourage their students to use  the Cloud when pursuing an advanced nursing degree.

How the Cloud Has Changed Education as We Know It

The cloud has impacted many aspects of everyone's everyday life, from the classroom to the workplace and everything in between. But how has the cloud changed education, in particular? Keep reading to learn about a few of the ways that this 21st century technology is helping teachers instruct better, and helping students learn better, even when they're in tough MBA programs online.

Collaboration Is a Snap

Thanks to cloud technology, collaboration with people from all over the globe is easier than ever. There are plenty of ways that you can create files, share them, edit them, and more when you use free products, such as Google Docs, as well as other types of software and apps that are designed for professional collaboration. Everyone from the high school student to the student enrolled in an online MBA program can use the cloud to work on projects with fellow students, as well as share their work with their instructors.

81 Percent of Higher Ed IT Leaders Will Spend More on Cloud Next Year: Here’s Why

Grazed from EdTech. Author: Meghan Bogardus Cortez

With the cloud, collaboration can happen anywhere, data centers can shrink exponentially, and storage is nearly limitless. And institutions of higher education are catching on to this.

According to “Destination Cloud: The Federal and SLED Cloud Journey,” a MeriTalk survey of IT professionals who work in government or higher education, 39 percent of applications at colleges today are cloud-based, but by 2021 that number could rise to 62 percent.

Intelisys Cloud Services University releases a new certification track focused on cloud computing

Grazed from ChannelPro.  Author:  Editorial Staff.

Technology services distributor, Intelisys Communications Inc., has released the second certification track from Intelisys Cloud Services University (iCSU), available from

The key focus of the iCSU Cloud Computing Solutions Professional Certification Track is to provide understanding of the cloud from every angle, including virtualization strategies, big data, application management, desktop-as-a-service, data migration strategies, and cloud storage architectures. Participants will learn about the different types of cloud silos available, and what workloads make sense where, gaining the knowledge they need to be the voice of clarity for their customers...

What K-12 IT Leaders Really Think About the Cloud

Grazed from EdTech. Author: Frank Smith.

New technology is making it easier for school IT leaders to manage vast amounts of data. While cloud solutions have helped in this regard, some K–12 districts are reluctant to fully embrace the advantages offered by cloud services. In Cloud 401, a new report from CDW, more than 1,200 IT leaders from sectors such as business, healthcare, federal and state governments and K–12 were surveyed about their approaches to cloud services.

K–12 district IT experts surveyed said that 42 percent of their services are delivered either totally or partially through the cloud. “Cloud services have such great appeal that departments outside IT are often sourcing them independently," says Stephen Braat, vice president of cloud and managed solutions at CDW...

IBM SmartCloud Powers an International Approach to Education

Grazed from EdTechMag. Author: Dr. Frank Smith.

IBM is taking its Big Data and cloud capabilities overseas to help transform a French institution into a "smart business school" with international reach. EMLYON Business School has partnered with IBM to use the company’s technologies to provide a more personalized education experience to its international students.

Cloud computing techniques can make education more compelling and encourage students to explore more topics, Katharine Frase, vice president and CTO of IBM’s public sector, told EdTech. It’s also a technology that makes sense for a school that intends to offer courses in multiple languages to countries on multiple continents...

Cloud Computing: From IT Service Providers To Platform Service Providers

Grazed from BusinessWorld.  Author: Krishnakumar Natarajan.

Change is the only constant. In an ever-changing IT landscape, CIOs have to constantly meet business challenges through efficient IT adoption. With wide scale proliferation of Cloud-based solutions, there is a dramatic shift from traditional in-premise implementations towards cloud-based solution. As CIOs are actively taking their organization’s business to the cloud and adopting disruptive technologies like mobile computing, the IT service companies too have to evolve and align their offerings, capabilities and delivery models to cater to the enterprise of the future.

Enterprises have changed their focus on IT investment from capex to opex, which has resulted in more services based business spend rather than on IT infrastructure. Due to this trend the traditional or core IT services like ERP implementation, Applications Development, support and maintenance etc. have reached a plateau and are on decline in terms of enterprise spends...

Using the cloud to enable a mobile student body

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Drew Turney.

Bryant University, a private education provider based in Smithfield, Rhode Island, with a 150-year history, has around 3,400 students, over 85 percent of them residential, as well as 700 staff and faculty members. The 420-acre, 50-building campus is run by a centralised IT function, meaning staff members have their work cut out for them.

All Bryant University students receive a laptop configured and issued by the IT department, and they're encouraged to use their own devices to collaborate with teachers and each other. Director of computer and telecommunications services Rich Siedzik called the resulting online learning management system "state of the art", but said the proliferation of devices and application endpoints needed to support it led to a 300 percent increase in the amount of data stored and managed by the university in just the last four years...