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EMC Answers The Call For up-to-the Minute Cloud Infrastructure Education

EMC Answers The Call For up-to-the Minute Cloud Infrastructure Education

EMC Answers The Call For Up-To-The Minute Cloud Infrastructure Education

Building and managing cloud infrastructure is not easy. Comprising a collection of fast-changing technologies that compete with shifting policies and laws, user needs, and corporate objectives, it emc_logorequires technical knowledge paired with the skills to talk to non-technical decision-makers as well as programmers and software specialists.

The role of Cloud Architect is a new kind of career for a new age, requiring new skills to help meet the unique challenges that cloud infrastructure presents. As traditional universities and colleges struggle to keep pace, new sources of cloud skills development and certification are widely recognized as the most effective providers of this must-have education.

Chief among this new breed is the professional education arm of EMC, a global IT solutions organization with approximately 60,000 employees, that helps its clients move toward information technology as a service (ITaaS) in areas such as cloud computing. EMC Education Services, which specializes in skills development and certification targeted to IT professionals, was the first in the industry to develop a comprehensive cloud computing curriculum, launched in 2011.

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Delivered in classroom, streaming, and flash-drive-based formats, EMC’s industry-leading cloud curriculum and certification have helped bridge the cloud skills gap, leveraging an ‘open’ approach that focuses on concepts and principles applicable to cloud environments built on multiple vendor technologies. The Cloud Architect curriculum is aligned with EMC Proven Professional, a leading certification program in the IT industry.

EMC recently announced the release of its Cloud Infrastructure and Services (CIS) v2 course, described as a cloud essentials course that focuses on concepts and principles of building and managing cloud infrastructure. The course enables IT managers to gain a full understanding of the Cloud Computing Reference Model. The model is designed to convey the basic functionality of a cloud infrastructure and enhance understanding of the fundamental principles of building it. Additionally, it facilitates efficient communication of cloud infrastructure details between stakeholders. The course aligns to EMC Proven Professional Cloud Architect Associate-level certification (EMCCIS). EMC Education Services is offering a significant discount on pre-order of the streaming version of the CIS v2 course prior to October 17, its official go-live date.

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IT managers have become vital contributors in the corporate-level decision process. Today, decisions regarding security, ecommerce, operations, or marketing must include the input of IT management. Consequently, the education they invest in must prepare them for the new roles they are taking on. Without IT there is no cloud, and with no cloud there is no business.

The five-day CISv2 course covers nine modules:

  • Introductory Cloud Concepts
  • Building the Cloud Infrastructure
  • Physical Layer
  • Virtual Layer
  • Control Layer
  • Service and Orchestration Layers
  • Business Continuity
  • Security
  • Service Management

In the past few years, EMC’s industry-leading cloud courses have seen more than 28,000 course registrations and 5,500 certifications. Students come from a wide range of large and medium-sized organizations worldwide.

More information about the CIS v2 course can be found at http://education.EMC.com/CIS.

By Steve Prentice

(Sponsored By EMC Education Services)

Modern Education In The World Of Cloud Computing And Internet Of Things

Modern Education In The World Of Cloud Computing And Internet Of Things

“Internet of Things will stump IT until clouds and big data come aboard.”  Stephen Lawson

Increasingly, we are being inextricably linked to high technology tools and innovations. We are products of a culture where our personal and professional growth cannot be viewed apart from high tech advances. Therefore, it is critical to be able to efficiently integrate a high technology awareness into our everyday work and life.

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Modern Education in the Light of Cloud Computing and Internet of Things

Today, we witness an enormous expansion of information and knowledge in all fields. Cloud Computing and Internet of Things play a prominent part in the world of modern education, and have led to a vivid shift from institutionally hosted services recently. The latter services are now being provided through the Internet technologies from web browsers. Such services have proved to be much more affordable and available as compared with those provided by educational institutions.

Future Classrooms under the Impact of Cloud Computing and Internet of Things

The so-called future classrooms, which are also known as “smart classrooms”, “intelligent classrooms”, “classrooms of future” or “classrooms of tomorrow”, have found different interpretations so far. Generally, the main features of future classrooms have to do with intelligent equipment, intelligent learning environment, intelligent teaching and learning interaction, intelligent teaching and learning evaluation, intelligent teaching management, and lecture notes automation.

On the one hand, educational institutions are using lower-level cloud services for data storage purposes. On the other hand, Cloud Computing provides a perfect opportunity for the hosting of LMSs or institutional learning management systems in the cloud. This is especially beneficial for those institutions, which have problems with hardware and software purchase and maintenance. Therefore, they can enjoy the perfect opportunity of outsourcing the provisions of LMSs (Moodle, Blackboard, etc.) to a third party.

How Cloud Computing and Internet of Things Will Change Future Classrooms

The concept of future classrooms presents a higher level of multimedia classroom development, based on a campus network, teaching space, control systems, integrated audio-visual systems, storage systems, communication systems, and other subsystems. The future classroom can be regarded as an integrated environment, which encompasses both the philosophy of smart teaching and intelligent classroom equipment.

Though Cloud Computing in education can count for such risks as data security, unsolicited email/advertising and being “locked-in” to the given provider’s products, it can also bring such significant changes as:

1. Advanced and practical use of information
2. High performance and reliability of applied systems and programs
3. Reduced power consumption and reduced emissions
4. Focus on core business of education
5. Expandable and standardized system integration
6. End user satisfaction.

The development of mobile technology, electronic books, electronic whiteboards and digital textbooks is inseparably linked to Cloud Computing and Internet of Things. The idea of future classrooms cannot be isolated from the development of other business systems, and should be directed towards highly coordinated and constructive outcomes.

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By Lilit Melkonyan

MOOC: Massive Open Online Course

MOOC: Massive Open Online Course

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The advent of new information and communication technologies such as Web 2.0, Learning 2.0, cloud-based learning tools, open content and open source learning tools have transformed the world of education in an unprecedented way. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) as an emerging method of education is considered as one of the most significant trends in higher education. The term MOOCs was first introduced in 2008 by two Canadian scholars, George Siemens and Stephen Downes. They offered a free online learning course entitled “Connectivism and Connective Knowledge 2008 (CCK08)” to students from anywhere around the world. The main purpose of MOOCs is to open up education and to provide an opportunity for every student, regardless of the social and cultural background, to free access to university level education. MOOC materials are also hosted in a cloud. “Cloud computing provides scalable anytime/ anywhere services simply accessed through the Web from multiple devices without worrying about how/where those services are installed, maintained or located”. Therefore, students can access advanced learning applications and can interact and collaborate, regardless of geographical location, with their peers through a cloud.

There are two MOOC categories, based on different pedagogical emphases and organisational models: the content-based MOOCs (xMOOCs), and connectivist MOOCs (cMOOCs). xMOOCs represent courses where the curricula and the course are fixed and defined by the course designers, whereas cMOOCs provide a platform which learners can contribute with each other to create both the content and structure of the learning curricula. Nowadays, many highly prestigious US universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Princeton and MIT, have adopted this new method of education and made their lectures available to indefinite number of students throughout the world at no cost. Moreover, several startup companies (e.g.Coursera, Udacity, edX, Udemy, Khan Academy, Coursera, Udacity and edX) have developed partnerships with universities and professors to offer MOOCs.

In addition, MOOCs can be useful to those people who cannot attend university due to cost, lack of time and sufficient secondary education entry requirements and who aspire to achieve career progression, at their own pace, by having MOOC certificates from some of the highly accredited, prestigious universities in the world. Interestingly, many learners from middle and low income countries around the world have adopted this new learning method to enhance their learning experience through peer-to-peer and professor-learner interactions. At the moment, institutions in the developing world are offering MOOCs for continuing professional development and training. MOOCs can provide an opportunity for people to obtain the skills required by the labor market. This is supported by Christensen and his colleagues. They conducted an online survey on students enrolled in 32 massive open online courses at the University of Pennsylvania and reported that the main users, especially in developing countries, were young, employed, and well-educated males. They also added that students’ main reasons for taking a MOOC were advancing in their current job and satisfying curiosity.

Despite the large number of enrolments in these open online courses, the rate of completion in MOOCs is very low. Studies indicate that most students who register for a MOOC have no intention and commitment to complete their course. On other hand, the rates of completion for students who plan to do the work, and pay a fee for the company’s new Signature Track program is substantially higher.

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By Mojgan Afshari

Cloud Infographic: The Education Of Tomorrow

Cloud Infographic: The Education Of Tomorrow

Cloud Infographic: The Education Of Tomorrow

Online Education is a very exciting topic for many as it opens up many new doors and opportunities.

We’ve touched on areas such as Massive Open Online Sources (MOOC) which provides tremendous levels of cloud based interconnectivity. We’ve taken a look into higher education,  the increased demand for online courses as well as some of the potential detriments of online learning, collaboration and sharing in the classroom.

Today, we’ve included an excellent infographic by eLearningsInfographics which provides several interesting and educational fast facts.

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Cloud Infographic: Higher Education

Cloud Infographic: Higher Education

Cloud Infographic: Higher Education

As the cloud continues to dominate the enterprise and public sector software market, colleges and post-secondary educational institutions have also started to make large use the technology. According to a 2013 report by CDW, 55% of higher education IT efficiency was attributed to cloud technology, and more than 80% of students are expected to take some sort of online cloud-based classes by the end of this year.

Higher-ed institutions have benefitted from the cloud to improve conferencing, storage, productivity suites, messaging/social networking and computational power. Many of them are already using the technology, including well-known institutions like MIT and Berkeley.

Take a look at the Infographic below for more statistics and a few helpful cloud-based tools for higher education, created by Pulp-PR

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The Future Of Universities – The Rising Demand For Online Courses

The Future Of Universities – The Rising Demand For Online Courses

The Rising Demand For Online Courses

Online education has now become the talk of the town. With technology being rampant in various spheres of life, students flock towards the option of obtaining online education. The barriers to getting quality education seem to be diminishing as more and more universities including Ivy League institutions get on the band wagon to cope up with the rising demand. In fact, it is an expensive and the most flexible way of earning a degree from an accredited institution.

The question becomes: Are Universities going to become obsolete? Before addressing this concern, let’s elaborate further. Invariably, campuses across the world seem to be evolving due to rapid integration and adoption of various internet technologies from Wi-Fi enabled campuses to high-tech classrooms. LED screens with high speed internet access is becoming a standard.

On the other hand, online classroom differs greatly for the reason that the whole environment is ‘virtual’ essentially implying “not physically existing as such but made by software to appear to do so”. Online courses offered by various academic institutions have now been made part of the job description of instructors. Inevitably, fast growing cloud computing technologies additionally act as a catalyst in further shifting of the paradigm.

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However, despite numerous benefits of online education, universities do much more than to simply provide education. These institutions are designed to give students a rich experience, and offer an environment conducive for personality development as well as grooming. Moreover, the human interaction, diversity, culture, physical activities, debates, socialization – all are important aspects of human development. In an online setting, several limitations exist to this effect and remains incapable of providing such an environment.

Steady increase in online courses taken by students has been observed over the last decade or so. To cater to rising demand for online courses, many organizations flocked to the internet to provide various online courses, for example, Coursera and Udacity are offering free online courses from top universities. Furthermore, top notch universities jumped on the band wagon and now offer online courses as well as degrees in some instances. Innovative initiatives such as EdX, a non-profit entity based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, governed by MIT and Harvard seek to transform themselves through cutting-edge technologies, innovative pedagogy, and rigorous courses by providing courses available to a virtually unlimited number of students around the world.

Undoubtedly, usage and adoption of online courses is growing at a fast rate due to vast benefits such as flexibility, ease of use, availability and scheduling, and reduction in travel costs. A well-managed University is like a ‘grinder’ machine sequentially churning our students into professionals while polishing their inner strengths and competencies giving them practical skills required to compete in the real world. These institutions also provide skilled and experienced human resource providing students the best of both worlds. Online education must also be utilized in aid to such learning environment to ensure amalgamation of additional skills and expertise that students need to better prepare students for the real world. Universities, nevertheless, provide an unmatchable environment as well as complete experience which online education may not be able to replace.

By Syed Raza

Cloud-Based Knowledge Management

Cloud-Based Knowledge Management

Cloud-Based Knowledge Management

The success of organizations mainly depends on constant investment in learning and obtaining new knowledge that creates new businesses and improves existing performances. “The knowledge is considered as strategic company’s resource, the source of competitive advantage and business success in the 21st century.” Many people believe that success of the organization depends on well-disposed knowledge management system (KMS), which is responsible for enhancing internal and external knowledge in the organization, implementing and evaluating strategies of knowledge, and overall corporate performances. “The use of knowledge management process increases the effectiveness of decision-making processes, as well as the level of operational efficiency, flexibility, commitment and involvement of employees.” The primary purpose of knowledge management is taking advantage of intellectual capital and knowledge workers to improve organizational efficiency. A number of studies found that cloud computing can impact organizational performance through the mediation of KM competency.

According to Rasheed and et al. ( 2014), cloud computing has a great capability for providing knowledge management services that these services can be used to enhance decision making, profitability, response time to key issues, productivity, market share, share price, and competitive advantage. Cloud computing is now emerging as useful tools for assisting organizations’ knowledge management efforts. The three cloud service models; infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS); help organizations to develop new models of knowledge management systems, to collaborate with other organizations and to facilitate knowledge exchange. Cloud computing provides a variety of hardware and software services over the internet, hence, offering flexibility, scalability, and obviating the need to invest a lot in expensive hardware and software licenses. Cloud computing provides opportunities for organizations to take advantage of new developments in IT technologies at affordable costs. Cloud–based knowledge management system reduces organization’s expenses and provides more powerful functional capabilities.

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There have been several studies on the optimal architecture of knowledge management system in an organization. For example, Hvizdova (2011) designed a new model of an optimal knowledge information systems architecture which is called the knowledge base cloud. The basic knowledge base cloud compounds consist of information systems, IS modules, relationships and connectors, best practices, data-information-knowledge, know-how, access privileges, rules, process architecture and organizational structure. This approach helps companies deal with the knowledge information systems integration issues. This unique model drives the positive effects of knowledge management initiatives and supports the added value and competitive advantage which these managerial approaches create.

By Mojgan Afshari

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

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