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Cloud Computing & SaaS


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.

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.

Panda Adds Firewall to Cloud-Based Antivirus App

Panda Security has updated its cloud-based antivirus program Panda Cloud Antivirus, which now includes a firewall that relies on "collective intelligence" for risk rating.

Big Changes Coming in Windows 8

At the 2011 Build conference taking place this week in Anaheim, CA, Microsoft provided the deepest view yet of what looks like a radical departure from past desktop OS designs.

HP Opens Cloud Services Private Beta

HP has extended an invitation to the private beta program of its new HP Cloud Services for developing, testing, and running applications.

VMware and Cisco Launching 'Extensible LAN for the Cloud'

VMware and Cisco are rolling out enhancements to their combined virtualization solutions, along with improvements to several desktop virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions. The companies have also debuted the new Virtual Extensible Local Area Network (VXLAN) architecture, which forms the basis of a scalable LAN for the cloud.

Examining Green Cloud Claims

Cloud computing is touted as a "green" technology, but this claim fails to take into consideration the full environmental impact of the scalable resource. The energy savings a school can experience by reducing its hardware can be significant, but other environmental factors must also be addressed if the traditional green claims are declared valid.

Electric Cloud Offers Free Trial License

Through Sept. 30, nonprofit educational institutions can receive a free six-month license for Electric Cloud’s ElectricCommander Workgroup Edition, a cloud solution that automates certain tasks to help developers and IT personnel speed up the creation of homegrown applications, like custom-built online learning or enrollment programs.

Educators Have Options for Storing Files on the Cloud

A number of reasonably priced cloud-based file storage sites exist, but not all are optimized for education or designed specifically for the classroom. While the services are free upfront, there may still be costs involved, even if they are not readily apparent.

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