Cloud Computing

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing, simply put, allows users (an individual, business, organisation, or school) to connect to as many resources as they require, without having to own, possess, or maintain those resources on site, and at much less cost. Software and hardware are provided as a third-party service. Computer software applications, storage, archiving, backup, and disaster recovery, and updates are all services provided in cloud computing. An organization signs up to the services they require, and only pay for what service they use. Common business applications are accessed online, files are stored, and backed up by the cloud computing service. Applications are updated automatically at no cost to the client. Not all the services are located in one place. For example, storage may be stored over many computers all over the world—not that the user would know that. Services are on-demand and easily accessible.

Services in the Cloud

Commercial Services

IT services

  • Server Virtualisation
  • Application Hosting
  • Data Storage
  • Co-Location
  • Disaster Recovery
  • SAN, Failover
  • Remote Operations
  • Help Desk
  • Field Services
  • Web Hosting

Communication services

  • Fast Internet, Email
  • Virus, SPAM control
  • Intra School VPNs
  • IP Security Cameras
  • Unified Communications
    • VoiP
    • Video Conferencing
    • Desktop/ Mobile Communications
    • Karen Connection
Educational services

e-Learning services

  • ePortolios (web lockers)
  • 3D collaboration

Content services

  • Global Classrooms experience/ brokerage
  • Library (Loc/Nat) Content
  • Learning on line
  • Virtual Learning
  • Video Sharing /Streaming /Multicast

Administration services

  • Finance management system
  • Student management system
  • Learning management systems
  • Content management systems
  • Library management systems
  • Planning tools
  • Software services


Advantages of cloud computing for education are twofold:

  • Reduction in overall costs and liabilities for schools, and better management of costs on a service model provision.
  • Students (and staff) are able to access applications, resources and data from anywhere, at any time and on any device.