Cloud Computing | Feature
Diving Into the Cloud
One of the most misunderstood concepts in educational technology at the moment is cloud computing. In a two-part series, T.H.E. Journal offers an in-depth guide to help you decide if cloud-based services are right for your school district.
- By Charlene O’Hanlon, Dian Schaffhauser, David Raths, Rama Ramaswami
Is it any wonder that the forecast is calling for cloud? It’s a perfect storm out there, with powerful forces remaking the IT landscape in education. On one side, devastating budget cuts are pushing IT departments to identify ever-greater cost savings. On the other, the explosion in mobile devices is pressuring IT to provide anytime-anywhere computing with no downtime. And finally there’s data--a flood of never-ending data--that need to be stored and analyzed.
Implemented correctly, the cloud can help school districts tackle all of these issues. It promises to allow IT departments to support their institutions faster and more cheaply. But the term itself has become so abused that most people have no idea what "the cloud" means anymore. Right now, it’s more like a thick fog.
In this two-part series, T.H.E. Journal hopes to lift that fog and help IT administrators--and their constituents--understand the cloud, and what it can do to help districts ride out the storms buffeting their schools.
Table of Contents
Defining the Cloud
Know Your Clouds
Weathering the Thunderclouds
Making the Business Case for the Cloud
Look Before You Leap: Imperatives for Cloud Implementation
Build a Case for Cloud
Breaking Through the Cloud Cover: Virtualization and the Cloud Are NOT the Same Thing
Charlene O’Hanlon specializes in technology reporting and is based in the New York area.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.
David Raths is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer focused on information technology. He writes regularly for several IT publications, including Healthcare Informatics and Government Technology.
Rama Ramaswami is a business and technology writer based in New York City.