Education Paradigm Shift In The Cloud Computing Era

Education Paradigm Shift In The Cloud Computing Era

Education Paradigm Shift In The Cloud Computing Era

Cloud computing has emerged as an innovative player in the industry with many organizations as well as individuals reap among numerous benefits that it offers. With its e-learning programs and online education in general, the education industry seems to be leading the way in adopting and making full usage of this technology. Cloud computing offers several key benefits such as low cost, flexibility, reliability, redundancy, and a higher return on investment. There are three main types of services offered by the cloud:

  • Software as a Service (SaaS): In the past, the primary way to install software was by means of a CD-ROM. With SaaS, CD-ROMs are not required as the entire application software can be accessed directly from the internet. The service provider bears the burden and cost of providing such a service, freeing you to focus on your core strengths and not have to worry about managing software applications, bugs, upgrades etc.
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): In this scenarios, basically the entire IT infrastructure is provided to you by a service provider, while you just have to pay the ‘rent’ for that infrastructure. Examples are servers, storage, and computers.
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS): With Platform as a Service (PaaS), you have the availability of software platform to develop your own customized applications in the cloud that do not depend on a specific platform to run, and you can make them widely available to users through the Internet. Examples are application development and deployment tools, and hosting applications.

Novel as it sounds, cloud computing indeed promises numerous benefits and arguably few risks related to data security, vulnerability, confidentiality, etc. –Nevertheless, benefits far outweigh associated risks. Getting the basics out of the way, cloud computing technology has been rapidly adopted by a wide spectrum of industries. Educational institutions and universities across the globe continue to reap benefits of this technology.

The following example demonstrates the power of cloud computing. In a typical university setting, the IT infrastructure provides the requisites to students for effective use of technology as a learning aid. Similarly, professors, librarians, and administrative staff are also catered to by the IT department. For instance, Exchange Server may be setup to provide e-mail facility to users, various software applications specific to certain learning methodologies, and data storage servers, fall within the purview of the IT department.

With the adoption of cloud computing, a shift in paradigm can be evidenced, since SaaS, IaaS, or PaaS can essentially replace some or even all of the aforementioned requirements. With this new adoption, for instance, students, professors, and administrative staff can be provided software and hardware related services at a much lower cost and less headaches using cloud computing. All software as well as hardware can now be outsourced to service providers. Researcher at the University, whose projects require a great deal of processing power and/or additional server capacity can do so by opting for the IaaS option.

Therefore, the entire University can virtually run and managed using cloud computing, potentially savings millions in costs. While cloud computing is growing exponentially and impacting not only businesses in a favorable manner, it is also influencing the way we conduct our daily life.

By Syed Raza

Syed Raza

With over 20 years of combined experience in the fields Law, Management, and IT, Syed has impeccable reviewing and strong editing skills with a long track record of writing technical, legal, and management articles that make readers stop and think.. Being a serial entrepreneur and attorney, he provides consultancy and project management in e-Discovery issues in complex civil litigation. As, a trial attorney with significant experience in matters relating to patent infringement, defense and prosecution in the pharmaceutical industry, contracts disputes, real estate, criminal matters, and international human rights law. Syed provides guidance and counsel to attorneys and clients on all aspects of discovery, including information management, data preservation and collection, early case assessment, comprehensive managed review and production. He also holds a PhD (management sciences) and MBA degree as well.

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