Cloud Computing & SaaS


LaunchPad Adds Instructional Design View

ClassLink has released LaunchPad Instructional Desktop View, an upgrade to the company's cloud-based virtual desktop software designed for K-12 schools.

Google Adds Premiere Services to Cloud Offerings

Google has unveiled several enhancements to its cloud services, including premiere support for its app engine and database, storage, and machine learning offerings.

Oracle To Launch Enterprise Social Network

Oracle is launching an enterprise collaboration and social networking tool, Oracle Social Network, which will be offered as part of the new Oracle Public Cloud services.

Oracle Introduces Oracle Public Cloud

Oracle has announced Oracle Public Cloud, a set of integrated services that provide access to Oracle Fusion Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle Database, all of which are managed, hosted, and supported by Oracle, with a unified self-service interface for provisioning, monitoring, and managing all services.

New Hampshire District Upgrades Cloud Capabilities

The Laconia School District in New Hampshire has upgraded its wireless network to better take advantage of its cloud-computing capabilities. According to PowerCloud Systems, which provides the software, it is the first such large-scale deployment in the state of New Hampshire.

Adobe Announces New Cloud Service for Content Creators

Adobe has announced details of its forthcoming cloud service for content creators and tablet users, Creative Cloud, at its Max 2011 conference in Los Angeles. Creative Cloud is described as a hub for viewing, sharing, and syncing files created by the Adobe Creative Suite and a group of newly announced touch-based apps for tablets.

Barracuda Offers Schools Discounts on Security Products

As part of what it has deemed a "Think Cloud" promotion, Barracuda Networks is offering K-12 schools and school districts discounts on its Barracuda Backup Service and its Barracuda Web Security Flex programs.

Skyping Science

Cloud video conferencing tools bring cutting edge science to rural schools. Rural schools might have a low student-teacher ratio that urban educators envy, but they usually have fewer resources backing the educational process. One way in which some are expanding the depth and breadth of their resources is by utilizing cloud computing to tap the expertise readily found in higher education.

Report: Gartner Says Move to Cloud-based Email Slowing

Gartner is pulling back on its projections for how quickly organizations will adopt cloud-based email and collaboration services. The IT analyst firm said most enterprises won't begin their move to the cloud for these operations until 2014.

California Schools Turn to SaaS After Budget Cuts

Study Island, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool from Archipelago Learning, is becoming more popular in California following education budget cuts and pressure to improve student results.

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