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.
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.
- By Stephen Noonoo
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.
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.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
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 Security has updated its cloud-based antivirus program Panda Cloud Antivirus, which now includes a firewall that relies on "collective intelligence" for risk rating.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
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 has extended an invitation to the private beta program of its new HP Cloud Services for developing, testing, and running applications.
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.
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.