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Leveraging a Virtualized Data Center to Improve Business Agility – Part 2

Leveraging a Virtualized Data Center to Improve Business Agility – Part 2

Improve Business Agility – Part 2

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The Micro-Data Center and Converged Cloud

It is possible to build a cloud from the myriad services available today in many different ways. But, fundamentally, the goal is to utilize the most price performant hardware and networking bound by software to dynamically compose usable, stable, and secure computing resources. If you have set about the procurement and evaluation process in the past year, you will understand how difficult that has become, with services that address variable portions of the stack, leaving a maddening mix-and-match challenge with no single vendor responsible for the resulting cloud architecture.

Designed to mitigate these issues, converged infrastructure solutions, like VCE’s vBlock, NetApp’s Flexpod and Morphlabs’ mCloud DCU compose compute, storage and networking into one dynamic cloud system.

A dedicated converged infrastructure solution employs a “share-nothing” architecture. There are many concerns when an Enterprise deploys on clouds, public or private, chief among them price/performance, security, efficiency and quality-of-service (QoS). Utilizing a “share-nothing” architecture in which an enterprise runs its cloud on dedicated hardware alleviates most of these concerns. When not sharing infrastructure in a cloud an Enterprise is guaranteed QoS and can remain compliant with HIPAA or PCI

From a service provider perspective, a dedicated converged infrastructure solution offers an innovative Enterprise business model in the increasingly crowded IaaS market. One service provider can service multiple enterprise clients securely while still offering all of the benefits of a typical public cloud, including scalability, elasticity and on-demand capacity.

An enterprise can subscribe to a dedicated converged infrastructure solution, either behind its own firewall or remotely from a Service Provider, as a hosted private cloud. Critically, dedicated converged infrastructure solutions that include Dynamic Resource Scaling can expand capacity by provisioning additional Compute or Storage Nodes, as needed.

Performance will always be an issue on shared hardware, such as in a public cloud. The networking itself, especially over the Internet, is part of the performance problem. This has prompted a move to the more modular hyperscale computing architecture being delivered today. For further performance enhancements, trends in SSD-based options are proliferating, though the mCloud DCU is the first cloud solution to employ SSDs in compute as well as storage. With this architecture as the basis for consumption of cloud resources, the question becomes how can we optimized utilization and performance.

Cloud bursting and Carrier ethernet

To mitigate the security, integration, compatibility, control, and complexity concerns associated with bursting to the public cloud, Dynamic Resource Scaling (DRS) technology is meant to scale hosted private clouds.

DRS provides cloud bursting capability to a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). With DRS, your applications burst to excess capacity that is exclusively dedicated to your environment. In addition to providing remote compute resources, DRS also provides access to remote storage. According to Forrester Consulting, “cloud-using companies are starting to accept cloud bursting as a means to help further reduce costs for their cloud environments and increase efficiency. The dynamic combination of external cloud resources with spare capacity on-premises is a key strategy to achieve this goal,” from The Next Maturity Step for Cloud Computing Management.

The major difference between cloud bursting and Dynamic Resource Scaling is that DRS implements a private cloud which bursts to a pool of dedicated resources, adding them to your private cloud, unlike the typical cloud bursting hybrid of private to public cloud. Having dedicated hardware guarantees Quality of Service, performance, and security.

Spare Compute and Storage farms can be accessible both locally and remotely.

Users can monitor their resource usage from the user interface and add additional compute capacity when needed, as specified by their site policy. Application traffic is load balanced by the virtual load balancer, which will route traffic to the additional VMs.

The benefits of the Dynamic Resource Scaling topology are:

Addressable Capacity – Capacity can be accessed remotely over ethernet

Fault Tolerance – Potential for cross-regional fail-over increases fault tolerance

Uniformity – Unlike cloud bursting where you burst to the public cloud, with mCloud DRS you are utilizing excess capacity from mCloud resources. Therefore, the user interface, tools, and infrastructure are the same as your private cloud, giving you one portal to manage and scale your private cloud on-demand

Security – Enterprises burst to private, unshared resources so your data is more secure

Flexibility – With mCloud DRS, Tier-1 applications with security and integration constraints can utilize bursting capability, whereas typical cloud bursting is often limited to non-secure, less integration intensive applications

In traditional cloud bursting, enterprises with a private cloud burst by adding virtual machines or storage from a public cloud, perhaps storing data in more than one datacenter – introducing vulnerabilities at the network and geographic levels. DRS essentially expands the virtual private cloud (a micro-datacenter) into a software-defined virtualized datacenter. With the entire infrastructure virtualized at the level of the datacenter, even networking efficiencies can be gained on top of utilization and true private cloud elasticity, leading to savings passed on to both operators and consumers.

Service Providers globally are leveraging their relationships with each other to increase the benefits of Hosted or Virtual Private Cloud. This is shown in Figure 4 as well as with VMware’s vCloud Data Center model in which service providers that are deploying VMware can share capacity.

If an enterprise in Los Angeles requires more compute or storage capacity, it can be provided from excess local capacity or from excess global capacity. This has the benefit of increasing utilization of hardware to gain maximum efficiency for the Service Provider and allowing high-performance cross-regional failover options.

For efficient and cost effective long distance bursting and sharing of resources, high-speed low-latency connections are required. Carrier Ethernet is a new technology that has allowed providers to achieve this. .

Carrier Ethernet Exchanges allow ethernet networks to exchange data over telecom networks. A Carrier Ethernet Exchange provides end-to-end ethernet service. This requires only one protocol (ethernet) which increases data integrity and efficiency. This gives the cloud user access to their remote, private cloud resources over a private network connection or Layer 2 VPN. Remote access to public cloud resources is still provided over the internet.

The advantages of Carrier Ethernet, versus the public internet, are that cloud traffic is secure and controlled, and performance is better and also more predictable.

By Winston Damarillo/CEO and Co-founder of Morphlabs

Winston is a proven serial entrepreneur with a track record of building successful technology start-ups. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Winston was among the highest performing venture capital professionals at Intel, having led the majority of his investments to either a successful IPO or a profitable corporate acquisition. In addition to leading Morphlabs, Winston is also involved in several organizations that are focused on combining the expertise of a broad range of thought leaders with advanced technology to drive global innovation and growth.

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Application Forecaster

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Application Forecaster



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Leveraging a Virtualized Data Center to Improve Business Agility – Part 1

Leveraging a Virtualized Data Center to Improve Business Agility – Part 1

Improve Business Agility – Part 1

Everyone knows that the age of cloud computing is here. The bigger question, on which even the greatest minds of technology revolution can’t agree, is what the impact will be and how best to apply this approach to computing resources and business optimization.

Many enterprises looking for the benefits of public cloud-style scaling are deterred by increasingly complex compliance and regulatory requirements. Morphlabs has origins in open source disruption and has been working with cloud computing technology for the past five years. And, during our own evolution, we have had first-row seats to the trials and tribulations that the enterprise IT organization has when faced with today’s options.

Enterprises deploying private clouds have been searching for the ability to expand their cloud resources while keeping their core infrastructure private. This is known as cloud bursting. Dynamic Resource Scaling (DRS), a proprietary form of cloud bursting, is a technology that enables elastic allocation of dedicated physical resources, thus retaining security and control – a previously unavailable feature in private cloud deployments. Enterprises need to scale compute and storage capacity either locally or via Carrier Ethernet to remote resources. Service Providers can offer hosted private cloud and Dynamic Infrastructure Services (DIS) – the Forrester-defined private equivalent of IaaS – with cloud bursting capabilities while retaining competitive public cloud pricing for their customers.

The ability to elastically expand and contract computes and storage across physical locations is foundational to the virtualized data center. Furthermore, implementing a modular hyperscale architecture, like that of Amazon, Google, and Facebook, maximizes the cost savings and simplifies configuration. Deploying this modular blueprint using high-performance hyperscale hardware, virtualized resource pricing rivals Amazon Web Services offerings. And by leveraging dedicated hardware to deliver cloud to the enterprise, this solution guarantees higher Quality of Service in addition to increased security.

This article will focus on the principles of dynamic resource scaling – cloud bursting on dedicated hardware – as an example of how to approach and leverage the optimized Virtual Private Data Center to improve enterprise business agility.

The State of the Market – Public vs. Private

Most enterprises are either already using or are interested in moving to cloud-based solutions. However, many ask, “What is the most efficient, cost effective, and secure way to utilize the cloud?” Before answering that question, it’s important to know what capabilities are cited as being most desirable to enterprises.

Forrester research has found that on-demand capacity and scalability are the most important reasons for purchasing cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). This coincided with a shift from bottom line cost improvement focus to top line business performance goals.  Forrester research shows that 41% of enterprises require on-demand scaling.

Cloud infrastructure is more than just software – it’s the integration of best of breed hardware and software.  When you spend even a short time on the front lines of cloud deployment, it is impossible to ignore the challenges faces by IT organizations stretched for time and lacking the expertise needed to research, architect, and composed highly complex cloud systems which are reliable and secure enough for enterprise usage.

Cloud Bursting Today

Before discussing the potential impact of technology like Dynamic Resource Scaling, let’s review the concept on which it improves. From a technical standpoint, cloud bursting is an application deployment model in which an application primarily runs in a private cloud, then, due to load demands, expands to consume external resources which are typically located in a public cloud. The need for additional capacity is often seasonal. For example, a flower shop might require more web application capacity for Valentine’s Day, or an enterprise might need additional compute power to run periodic business analytics. After the peak demand subsides, the additional resources are released back to the original pool of resources.

From a business standpoint, cloud bursting is an alternative way to fulfill user experience requirements or committed service level agreements (SLAs) without purchasing and owning resources to meet peak demands.

Underlying cloud bursting is a hybrid cloud architecture. A hybrid cloud is a deployment model in which two or more separate clouds are bound together. Often, a hybrid cloud is a private cloud accessing one or more public clouds with, preferably, a secure network connection between the private and the public resources.

Advantages

Cloud bursting provides the following benefits:

  • Pay-as-you-go – Only pay for spare capacity when needed
  • On-Demand – Scale when needed
  • Self-service – User controls the provisioning for application bursting requests
  • Diversity – Supports a variety of IT and business use cases
  • Flexibility – Run application components with less security requirements in the public cloud and keep secured application components and data in the private cloud
  • Fault-tolerance – Run an application in multiple locations to increase redundancy and reduce downtime

Challenges

Although cloud bursting has the potential to save money and provide a consistent level of performance, there can be significant challenges to overcome:

  • Application components running on bursted (i.e., public) resources need access to secure data
  • Applications must be designed to scale or they cannot take advantage of cloud bursting; retrofitting applications to be able to burst can be time-consuming and expensive
  • Accessing databases and where the databases reside are issues. If the database contains secure data, it is behind the firewall, but the application is running on public resources so the app does not have access to the data it needs
  • Depending on where you burst to, the platform may not be compatible with the platform on which you developed and tested the application
  • Security and regulatory compliance
  • A hybrid environment is more complex architecturally; including possibly different APIs, different policies, unfamiliar user interface and tools
  • Load balancing applications to the additional virtual machines to fully utilize the additional capacity
  • IT organization has less control over the computing infrastructure when using external resources

Forrester surveyed companies using cloud solutions. The survey found that companies using cloud bursting classify their workloads to determine which are best able to take advantage of bursting. Each enterprise uses their own method of classification, but here is an example from the report:

  • Productive workloads of back-office data and processes, such as financial applications or customer-related transactions. These need to remain on-premises.
  • Productive workloads of front-office data and processes, such as customer relationship management (CRM). These could go to a cloud provider with high privacy levels.
  • Development, test, and simulation environments, which contain no customer data and are not subject to compliance regulations. Thus, they can operate on any public infrastructure.

To avoid security and integration issues, organizations tend to not burst applications that require sensitive data or that integrate with other apps residing behind the firewall. This limits business agility and impacts competitiveness, leaving a massive need in the industry for a way to address secure bursting.

Dynamic Resource Scaling technology is the first of its kind to make it possible to burst with increased security and control using expansion by increments of dedicated physical hardware, even for applications with tight security and integration constraints. This allows organizations to leverage cloud bursting for achieving business agility and competitive advantages.

By Winston Damarillo/CEO and Co-founder of Morphlabs

Winston is a proven serial entrepreneur with a track record of building successful technology start-ups. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Winston was among the highest performing venture capital professionals at Intel, having led the majority of his investments to either a successful IPO or a profitable corporate acquisition. In addition to leading Morphlabs, Winston is also involved in several organizations that are focused on combining the expertise of a broad range of thought leaders with advanced technology to drive global innovation and growth.

Cloud Computing and SaaS: Information Technology Evolving

Cloud Computing and SaaS: Information Technology Evolving

Information technology is very important in higher education. There are just many advantages of the IT that we cannot just ignore. For example, IT allows learners to actually explore the world in the safety of their classrooms. With IT facilities, the teacher can bring the world to the classroom and bring the classroom to the world.

IT, as a matter of fact, is also supposed to mean less consumption on the part of the education institutions (Hignite et al., 2010).  How is IT supposed to do this? Well, IT is largely capable of making sure that learners and teachers can access applications through the internet. With this, it is thought that educational institutions can reduce or cut their educational spending. However, we now know that they are wrong.

Surveys and studies reveal that most educational institutions actually spend more today with the use of IT. What has caused this? Well, the availability of infinite data online through IT and through cloud computing has fueled the greed of a lot of educators – in a good way, that is. Basically, now, they need to be ensured that they have the speediest connection there is. And, of course, this means money.

IT has, indeed, come a long way. It is no longer wearing the same thick façade that it was wearing several decades ago. Now, there are a whole lot of applications that can be used by businessmen and educators alike. Cloud computing is one of the latest innovations that we can take advantage of in the 21st century.

As a matter of fact, there are a lot of universities and state colleges which make use of cloud computing in order to enhance their administrative services. In a lot of 3rd world countries, or developing countries, cloud computing is used to a lesser extent. For instance, they use it, along with its variants like the SaaS and others, in order to make communication between and among satellite campuses more efficient. Of course, communication is merely a piece of the pie. They also use cloud computing in order to organize more effectively. As you may already know, there are a lot if information that are being processed by universities. With cloud computing, they are able to sort these out more effectively, and they are able to share this information more efficiently.

Of course, there have been some doubts about the ability of cloud computing to actually store and protect sensitive information. This fear is not at all unfounded, because things that are online are always susceptible to some kind of hacking and tampering.

But, the whole point of my mentioning about this is that cloud computing is now generally recognized all over the world. With cloud computing, there is actually a very real chance of cutting costs. After all, for instance, SaaS materials and applications are only available online. In other words, one cannot use this offline.

Basically, SaaS will truly enable institutions to divert their limited budget to some other important things because they will not need to finance or fund the purchase or the construction of new IT facilities. Why? Because SaaS does not need physical hardware.

By Cenon Gaytos

Silly Businesses, Cloud Computing Isn’t Just For Cost Savings

Cloud Computing Isn’t Just For Cost Savings

Watching technology evolve is a beautiful, fascinating process. Take the telephone. The telephone initially was an improvement over the telegraph in the 1870s. It evolved into a household’s primary method of contact with the outside world and is now a personal device. Almost everyone you see out on the street has a personal device that they can use to call, email, text or even play video games. In just under 150 years, humanity witnessed a fundamental shift in the way humans communicate with one another through the persistent. A similar shift is taking place right now with cloud computing.

The discussion around cloud computing has moved beyond ‘if’ it is going to happen and is now a question of ‘when.’ The cloud makes IT hardware and software a commodity so only the largest companies will find value in financing and maintaining computing systems on-premise. With that same shift in the cloud dynamic, companies need to make similar changes in their cloud strategies. Cost-savings are at the forefront of any business’ adoption of the cloud. However, this is changing now as enterprises become more familiar with the technology and its operational benefits.

The operational benefits of cloud computing are gravely underreported. There are a number of business processes that immediately benefit from cloud computing’s integration.

M&A Activities

One of the greatest challenges in the M&A process is integrating the two companies. This challenge is amplified when it comes to integrating the IT from separate companies. Disparate, non-communicative systems can make the IT integration between companies take months, if not years. Innovative use of the cloud can help avoid that mess. Data can be uploaded to a corporate SaaS system and then delivered via a cloud environment. This seamlessly integrates acquired companies into a new tech ecosystem without a troublesome and lengthy migration process.

This “Cut and Paste” functionality can be a critical competitive differentiator during the contract bidding process. Newly acquired companies operate as they always have without being forced to learn a new system. Back end data is passed transparently into the corporate system so employees never have to invest in expensive software upgrades or IT migrations. This is a huge benefit when negotiating with city and local governments as transparency is often required by municipal organizations.

Compliance

Companies in heavily regulated industries know how difficult in can be in planning for the right processes and technologies within a company that ensure compliance with data privacy and security laws like SOX and HIPAA. Global companies are particularly strained as heterogeneous IT environments in multiple locations make tracking down specific data difficult if not impossible at times. Organizations that use the cloud do not experience this type of difficulty because their cloud environment acts as a centralized repository with 24 X 7 accessibility; a major auditing advantage over most companies with offices across North America.

Budget Predictability

Yearly budgets are an inexact science as the financial department meets with each corporate arm to divvy up the available resources. Most executives will make their proposal based on last year’s figure and then pad the number to accommodate projects set to take place in the coming year. Cloud computing gives IT managers an upper hand in these discussions because the pricing model for cloud vendors is consistent, includes performance guarantees and is easily scalable. In fact, I know a CIO at a major public transportation company whose CFO doesn’t even bother meeting with him for budget meetings because he knows exactly how much money the IT department needs based on the figures provided from years of working with the same cloud vendor. This knowledge sets the bar for the IT budget and can then be used to build on as the department takes on strategic projects that go beyond simply keeping the infrastructure up and running.

These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cloud computing’s ability to integrate operational efficiencies within almost any organization. The key is to match the strengths of the cloud with the inefficiencies of a particular business process. Once that connection is made, the rest is easy.

By Anthony Whitton, CEO, independenceIT

Anthony is the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the Board of Directors. His international and board level management experience combined with his working knowledge in both technology and service-based companies, makes him ideally suited for his role as CEO at independenceIT.

Tech Child's Play: Is the Cloud Still a Kid?

Tech Child’s Play: Is the Cloud Still a Kid?

A new Information Week article, penned by well-respected expert Art Wittman, condemns cloud computing as a horny youngster still in the grips of puberty.

Perhaps Wittman doesn’t attack the cloud so colorfully. But he solidly argues that, in terms of how IT people commit to its use the popular technology, cloud suffers from growing pains. Wittman reveals the results of a survey to IT organizations, asking them, “’What are your company’s plans for cloud computing?’… Two-thirds of [them] either have decided the cloud isn’t for them or have yet to pull the trigger,” Wittman avers.

Readers can extrapolate that most IT professionals have branded the cloud as a flirty teen that doesn’t deserve a full commitment, since the majority of them have yet to embrace it after all these years. Yet I partially dissent. Yes, you can contend that the cloud is only slowing emerging from its nascent stages. But we can’t ignore how the big players (Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple…) have impacted our perception of cloud computing. Their serious cloud concentration in recent years has solidified its assets and made them more accessible for both businesses and individuals.

What is more, increasingly ubiquitous publicity for the cloud — major TV ads ran during both the Superbowl and the Oscars this year — is clarifying cloud’s advantages well enough for Joe Public to grasp their allure and usefulness.

I still reverberate with Wittman on several points he lodges against cloud computing as we know it today. Cloud lacks the sophisticated metrics that would allow its users to more easily navigate it, chart their activity, and strategize. More crucially, the controversy of cloud safety repels many IT folks. They continue to circle cloud computing, attracted to its promise to ease how they do business. But cloud’s data and privacy protection overall remains too shoddy. It fails to avert enough risk to persuade the IT community en masse.

How can the cloud mature into the dashing, reliable adult we’ve always foreseen in it? Cloud technology creators and professionals should focus on four cornerstones that can ripen this kid:

  • Stabilize cloud pricing. Wittman points out the inconsistency in cost among cloud vendors, a fault with which I wholeheartedly agree. Clarify price points, and pinpoint the exact benefits a buyer will receive upon purchase.
  • Implement cloud analytics. Where is the cloud version of TweetDeck, HootSuite, or Webtrends? I’m tapping my foot.
  • Educate on data protection. Yes, the cloud needs to continually improve its security. But cloud computing ain’t the Wild Wild West. Let’s better distribute knowledge on existent privacy measures.
  • Develop a “cloud entry” cottage industry. IT planners often lament the difficulty in transitioning to cloud. What a window for new start-ups who focus on simplifying the process of cloud admittance.

And you? What do you think cloud computing needs to grow up and develop a real relationship with IT people?

By Jeff Norman

Cloud Apps Of The Week: FitDay

Cloud Apps Of The Week: FitDay

Cloud Apps of the Week

From getting fit to finding your phone, this week’s apps are sure to prove of great use to cloud lovers throughout 2012. Take a look.

Critical to dropping pounds and keeping them off is maintaining a detailed account of every single calorie. Cloud application FitDay makes such meticulous nutrition a breeze. It lets users log a record of their caloric intake no matter the time or their location. Its ease of use is primarily derived from its cloud, where FitDay manages a database of foods and their breakdowns — calories, protein content, types of fiber, et cetera. FitDay also doubles as a diary, an ideal journal for users to vent about having to skip that bear claw for yet another day.

The app’s features do not stop there: it graphs exercise routines and goal completions to boot. 6 million users have already flocked to FitDay for free; a souped-up version of the app is available for $4/month.

Microsoft Office is a classic word processing program that several applications might one day render obsolete. At the front of the line of such apps stands Zoho Office Suite, whose free cost has already netted five million online users. It trumps the standard offering of Microsoft Office in that, as we expect from the cloud, one user or multiple users can work on a single document regardless of the time or location. Critics have hailed Zoho’s interface as superior to Microsoft’s as well, being neater and less cluttered. Zoho has now recently mushroomed into a whole host of subsidiary applications, like Zoho Books (for accounting), Zoho People (for H.R.), Zoho Show (presentations), and Zoho Wiki.

Wish your cell phone (smart, dumb, all scales of “phone-telligence”) could turn into an app itself? Yup, there’s an app for that. Hit European sensation PhoneDeck is helping users to employ their phones as measurements of their social activity and the depth of their participation in various circles of friends, family, business associates, and acquaintances. Without any complicated “unlocking” of an Android phone — the app will soon become available for the iFamily and Blackberry crowds — PhoneDeck lets users maintain data on their calling contacts, summon whole conversation histories at a glance, and instantly update their roster of contacts through Facebook or LinkedIn.

Lose your phone a lot? PhoneDeck yet again comes to the rescue, with a feature that lets you find your device with a click of a button.

By Jeff Norman


Cloud Computing and SaaS in the Field of Education

Cloud Computing and SaaS in the Field of Education

In 2008, it was revealed that the University of Washington (UoW) was reducing the number of its IT employees due to a $10 million loss that year. At first glance, the laying off of employees might seem dark and bleak, and it may even be seen as a sign of failure on the part of the university’s central management. But, the truth is, this really is a good thing.

Why is this so? Basically, the major reason why the University of Washington has laid off nearly a hundred of its IT personnel was because, well, it was realized that they are not needed anymore. In the first place, there are a lot of services available online, SaaS-related services, which are inexpensive and equally reliable. Indeed, it costs a lot to maintain mainstay personnel, especially in the face of stiff and tough competition and a looming global financial crisis.

Of course, the decision of the university is not really that pleasant to the personnel concerned, but this is all for the better. And, instead of being regarded as a bad sign, it must be taken as a positive move.

This specific action of UoW is actually a basic example and proof that the trend nowadays is a trend towards the implementation of SaaS, and of cloud computing in general. According to IT expert and educator, Jeffrey Kaplan (2010), it is universally accepted that all educational institutions must move away from traditional tools and systems and move towards a more global and more digital system.

Most experts believe that the move from the old to the new is a gamble. According to them, leaving the old and trusted systems behind in order to take advantage of a technological boom might lead to an absolute tragedy. After all, this system is new and relatively untrustworthy.

But, Kaplan insists that there is not really much of a gamble. In other words, this is simply a natural move, an evolution towards something that is inevitable.

This point is actually supported by other experts and educators who say that SaaS, and Cloud computing itself is the future of education (Katz, et al., 2009). They believe that the advantages and the potential of cloud computing in the field of education is something that cannot be denied and ignored. For instance, cloud computing and SaaS are actually able to minimize the financial spending of the school institution concerned. Basically, like what UoW did, SaaS will effectively reduce the number of personnel, and it may even cut off financial requirements for costly hardware.

But, the most important advantage of SaaS in the field of education is the fact that it can provide an infinite world of learning opportunities for the teachers and learners alike. Because of the fact that cloud computing generally connects the schools to the resources all over the world, learners will be able to learn at a much faster rate, and, more importantly, at a surer rate. Basically, one of the most important features of this system as a learning tool is the fact that learners can learn at their own pace and at their whim.

By Cenon Gaytos

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Virtual Immersion And The Extension/Expansion Of Virtual Reality

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Virtual Immersion And Virtual Reality This is a term I created (Virtual Immersion). Ah…the sweet smell of Virtual Immersion Success! Virtual Immersion© (VI) an extension/expansion of Virtual Reality to include the senses beyond visual and auditory. Years ago there was a television commercial for a bathing product called Calgon. The tagline of the commercial was Calgon…

Three Tips To Simplify Governance, Risk and Compliance

Three Tips To Simplify Governance, Risk and Compliance

Governance, Risk and Compliance Businesses are under pressure to deliver against a backdrop of evolving regulations and security threats. In the face of such challenges they strive to perform better, be leaner, cut costs and be more efficient. Effective governance, risk and compliance (GRC) can help preserve the business’ corporate integrity and protect the brand,…

The Cancer Moonshot: Collaboration Is Key

The Cancer Moonshot: Collaboration Is Key

Cancer Moonshot In his final State of the Union address in January 2016, President Obama announced a new American “moonshot” effort: finding a cure for cancer. The term “moonshot” comes from one of America’s greatest achievements, the moon landing. If the scientific community can achieve that kind of feat, then surely it can rally around…

5 Things To Consider About Your Next Enterprise Sharing Solution

5 Things To Consider About Your Next Enterprise Sharing Solution

Enterprise File Sharing Solution Businesses have varying file sharing needs. Large, multi-regional businesses need to synchronize folders across a large number of sites, whereas small businesses may only need to support a handful of users in a single site. Construction or advertising firms require sharing and collaboration with very large (several Gigabytes) files. Financial services…