Go Green, Go Lean and enable the dream – Switching to Cloud Computing

The main benefits of converting to cloud computing are: reduced costs; anytime, anywhere access, and increased administrative ease and efficiency. All these form the dream of all institutions.

Reduced Costs

Less money spent on: infrastructure needs (purchase of hardware and software), housing/storage on site, energy bills (as hardware etc need not be housed and run on the premises), staff to man servers et al. and on maintenance, downtime and repairs/upgrades.

Along with reducing costs cloud computing can provide a greener (more environmentally friendly approach) to purchase, organisation, structure, and operations.

Anytime, Anywhere Access

Both students and teachers will have access to information anywhere, anytime and from a myriad of devices that are not restricted by software or hardware. This will greatly enhance the teaching and learning process such as increasing opportunities for self paced learning, interaction with material in ‘out of session’ times, greater flexibility in access and interaction with content and increased ability to manage time and workload.

Less cumbersome means of transporting material and equipment are additional benefits.

Increase administrative ease and efficiency

There are definite benefits in terms of less administrative tasks to man servers et al. Less money is spent on hardware and maintenance and administrative costs for example on heavy duty servers and monitoring, troubleshooting and/or navigating emails and filters associated. This is evident from the experience within my college, which uses Google apps to run the email service. Although we have a server it would become even more burdened than it already is. The college now needs a new server as the current one is quite old (by IT standards and downtime and challenges being experienced). There have been delays for the past two years because of costs cited. In such a case cloud computing would perhaps be a smart option as it would offer cheaper means for storage, upgrades, administration, privacy and security. Our server experiences downtime, which further increases costs in fixing the server, while increasing inefficiencies and challenges to delivery and interaction with content and delivery methods already supported by cloud technology.

For other benefits see Commensus’ pitch on their virtual-server-hosting



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