Monday, November 17, 2008

Cloud Computing

EDUCAUSE has just released a report about the implications of "cloud computing" for higher ed in conjunction with its annual conference, which was held recently in Orlando ( The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Wired Campus" report just ran a review.
Cloud computing refers to applications and data that don't reside locally on your PC, but on a host computer administered by someone else and accessible via the Internet. Gmail, Flickr, and Yahoo! Mail, for example, are all are on the cloud. On the one hand, you can access your work from anywhere; on the other, you're dependent on a remote system to maintain it.

For general overviews of cloud computing, NPR ran a story in August 2008, and InformationWeek has posted a useful Guide to Cloud Computing.
You can read a PDF version of the report "The Tower and the Cloud: Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing," at the EDUCAUSE website. Print copies are available for purchase as well.

1 comment:

Stacey Greenwell said...

Jen, I'm glad you posted this. Last week I just finished reading the entire report. It is well worth the time so I highly encourage everyone to read it.

I've been reading extensively about cloud computing since I read Nicholas Carr's The Big Switch in January 2007. I recommend that, too, if you are really interested in the topic, but The Tower and the Cloud does a particularly outstanding job of applying the concept to higher education.

Has anyone else been reading it? Let's discuss!